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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Tell us what you think about this site

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

"Getting involved in research was a no-brainer"

Who better for researchers to work with from the very start, than people living with the condition? You’re missing out on a wealth of knowledge and expertise by not including and working alongside patients. Just because I have dementia doesn’t mean I’m not capable of advising researchers on project design.  In this blog, Wendy Mitchell (author of Sunday Times Bestseller 'Somebody I Used to Know') talks about her involvement in research.

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