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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


“I wholeheartedly support clinical research. I wouldn’t be here enjoying an active life if it wasn’t for health research.”

Jane Owen, retired physiotherapist and Research Champion

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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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“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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How to be involved

Show your love in a different way

This Valentine’s Day, think about taking part in a research study to help future generations benefit from better diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

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Tuesday 4 February is World Cancer Day so we're dedicating a space for the whole of February to talk about cancer research and show the cancer research studies currently running in the UK that are looking for members of the public to take part. 

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Inspire and motivate others

Have you taken part in a research study? Might your story inspire or motivate others? If so, we want to hear from you. 

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Latest news

Outcomes similar for full or partial hip replacement after hip fracture

For older people with hip fracture, the choice between full or partial hip replacement does not greatly influence outcomes. In this trial, approximately 10% of patients having each operation required further surgery within a 24-month period. Mortality rates were also similar at around 13%. Thismultinational trial included 1,495 adults aged over 50 with a hip fracture, who were previously able to walk unassisted. It found that both hemiarthroplasty (partial replacement) and total hip replacement achieved similar results in terms of function, pain and serious adverse events. Current NICE guidance recommends total hip replacement over hemiarthroplasty, largely based on a trial of 120 patients which found that function was better following total hip replacement. The results of this larger study suggest there is little difference, and so the decision as to which intervention to use needs to be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Outcomes similar for full or partial hip replacement after hip fracture

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