Taking part in a clinical trial
What is a clinical trial?
Scientists carry out research studies called clinical
trials to find out if a new treatment, such as a drug, is effective
and safe. A clinical trial involves testing that treatment on a
group of people. Sometimes, clinical trials compare different
treatments to see if a new treatment is better than one that is
Although we fund many clinical trials that are
testing the effectiveness of new treatments to fight heart and
circulatory disease, we don’t recruit
people to take part in them.
How do I get involved in a clinical trial?
Recruitment for clinical trials is most often
organised by the doctors and researchers who leads the trial.
However, there are ways you can find out about ongoing clinical
trials. Your first step should always be to speak to your
doctor or specialist medical team and ask their
Where can I get information about specific clinical
You can find out more about clinical trials in
the UK by visiting the UK Clinical Trials
Gateway. Run by the National Institute for Health Research -
the research arm of the NHS - the Gateway provides easy to
understand information about clinical trials that are going on at
The UK Clinical Research Network also has a
useful database of
ongoing clinical research trials throughout the UK, categorised
by the type of disease they’re looking to test their treatment
If you find a trial you’re interested in,
speak to your GP or specialist medical
team about the research, whether it’s appropriate for your
case and whether it would be possible to get a referral to the