Welcome to our new site.

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway has now been replaced with Be Part of Research. This is a new site which is still under development. Your feedback will help improve it.

Be part of research

We are here to help you find out about health and social care research that is taking place across the UK.

Real life stories


“Harry was well looked after, carefully monitored, and we felt supported by the staff every step of the way.”

Stephanie George and Lee Murdoch whose newborn son Harry took part in a study.  

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“Unless we try things out we’d never get to know what would work”.  

Stephen Burgess, rare cancer trial participant. 

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“Clinical research is vital to help make improvements for patients and the NHS”. 

Irene Soulsby, cancer research participant. 

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We’ve rebuilt the UK Clinical Trials Gateway to make it easier to use. We will continue to improve our new ‘Be Part of Research’ site but we need your help. Feedback now.

How to be involved

Who benefits from clinical research?

In this video, Professor Allan Gaw talks about how we build our understanding of how research feeds into our healthcare system.  "Your role is crucial because every treatment that is given, every tablet that is prescribed and every test that is performed, has to first be discovered and then evaluated before it can be used".  Read more about the importance of research in modern healthcare.

Record numbers take part in research

The number of people benefitting from clinical research has reached record highs this year. In 2018/19 research was delivered at every NHS trust across the country and we’re making it even easier for people to take part. Read the full story.  

870,250 participants in research in 18/19

Latest news

A lower drink-drive limit in Scotland is not linked to reduced road traffic accidents as expected

Lowering the drink-drive blood alcohol limit in Scotland was not followed by reduced road traffic accidents, perhaps because of a lack of enforcement. While there was a 0.7% reduction in alcohol bought in pubs and restaurants after the new legislation (on-trade sales), there was no significant change in sales of alcohol from shops or supermarkets (off-trade), where most purchases are made. Drink-drive accidents account for around 13% of all road deaths in Britain. In an attempt to improve this situation, Scotland reduced the legal limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg per 100ml of blood in 2014. This NIHR-funded study compared official figures on accidents and alcohol consumption for two years before, and two years after the change. The findings suggest that changes to the legal limit alone may not be sufficient to reduce drink driving. Changes may need to be supported by more intensive efforts to raise awareness of the limits and enforce them, and strategies to target those not complying.

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A lower drink-drive limit in Scotland is not linked to reduced road traffic accidents as expected

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