UK Clinical Trials Gateway
Search for clinical trials that are of interest to you. The UK Clinical Trials Gateway provides easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK, and gives you and others access to a large range of information about these trials.
Clinical Research Collaboration Cymru (CRC Cymru)
CRC Cymru is a research and development infrastructure for Wales and represents the National Assembly's response to the establishment of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC). CRC Cymru's mission is to provide an internationally competitive research infrastructure for health and social care to improve the health and wealth of the people of Wales.
Department of Health
Health Technology Assessment Programme
The purpose of the Health Technology Assessment programme is to ensure that high quality research information on the costs, effectiveness and broader impact of health technologies is produced in the most effective way for those who use, manage and provide care in the NHS.
INVOLVE is a national advisory Group, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, which aims to promote and support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.
Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)
IRAS is a single system for applying for the permissions and approvals for health and social care / community care research in the UK.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) was formed in 1993. Our objective is to improve the quality of health care for patients in Scotland by reducing variation in practice and outcome, through the development and dissemination of national clinical guidelines containing recommendations for effective practice based on current evidence
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
The National Institute for Health Research was established as a part of the Government's strategy, 'Best Research for Best Health'. Its aim is to establish the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence through supporting outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.
National Research Ethics Service (NRES)
The National Research Ethics Service (NRES) is part of the National Patient Safety Agency and provides help and leadership for Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and the REC system by coordinating the development of operational and infrastructure arrangements in support of their work.
NIHR Comprehensive Clinical Research Network (CCRN)
NIHR Diabetes Research Network (DRN)
NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC)
The NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) is home to a growing number of research programmes managed on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), including the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme and the Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) Programme.
NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN)
NIHR Mental Health Research Network (MHRN)
NIHR National Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI)
The National Institute for Health Research Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure has been set up to help ensure that clinical research in this country is: Easier - by sign-posting a clear path through NIHR infrastructure for investigators; Better - by promoting the highest quality research environment and faster - by catalysing more rapid set up, delivery and translation of research into clinical practice.
NIHR Primary Care Research Network
NIHR Stroke Research Network (SRN)
The creation of NHS Evidence was announced on June 30 2008 as part of the High Quality Care for All report from Lord Darzi, who stated that: “All NHS Staff will have access to a new NHS Evidence service where they will be able to get, through a single web-based portal, authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practices".
NHS Confederation's Health Services Research Network "Being a good research partner: the virtues and rewards"
This publication from the NHS Confederation’s Health Services Research Network looks at the role and value of research, and in particular health services research, to NHS organisations. It confronts some of the perceived barriers to getting engaged in research and explores the link with quality and high performance.
NHS R&D Forum
The NHS R&D Forum is a network for those involved in planning and managing research in health and social care. Its aim is to improve the environment for research in health and social care by facilitating and encouraging sharing of best practice, and working with other organisations.
People in Research
'People in Research' aims to help members of the public make contact with organisations that want to actively involve them in clinical research. The heart of the website is a searchable database of information about organisations or groups that sometimes look for members of the public to get actively involved in their work. It has been developed by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, INVOLVE and others.
UK Clinical Research Collaboration
The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) is a partnership of organisations working to establish the UK as a world leader in clinical research, by harnessing the power of the NHS. Our aim is to re-engineer the environment in which clinical research is conducted in the UK, to benefit the public and patients by improving national health and increasing national wealth.
NHS Scotland; Scotland’s health on the web.
Northern Ireland: The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care (WORD)
Based on PubMed Central (PMC), the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, UK PubMed Central provides a stable, permanent, and free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications.
The Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.
Directory of Open Access Journals
The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact - in short a ‘one stop shop’ for users to Open Access Journals.
UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units
This site offers a resource for clinical researchers and funders wishing to identify Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) that have expertise in centrally coordinating multicentre clinical trials, as well as in trial design, data management, and analysis. It provides comprehensive information and direct access to high quality CTUs across the UK which have achieved UKCRC Registration status.
UKCRC Experimental Medicine Resources
UKCRC Experimental Medicine Resources provides an optimum entry point for industry and academic investigators seeking information about experimental medicine in the UK. It contains up-to-date information on over 50 major experimental medicine facilities with details of expertise, resources, techniques and technologies. Site users can search for facilities by location, health or disease research topic or skills and equipment available
Patient benefit paper (236kb)
Paper from summit in Lyon looking at the impact of research activity on healthcare outcomes, at institution level.