Without our fantastic volunteers it would be impossible for us to make breakthroughs which improve the way diseases are tested for and treated

Clinical trials are an essential part of medical research. They help us develop better treatments, which improve healthcare for adults and children. This can save many lives and add to the quality of life.

Evidence suggests that, for some conditions, patients on research studies have better long term outcomes, and may also get earlier access to new drugs.

As well as participating in trials, our patient volunteers also play an active role in our research groups, which continue to grow in number and evolve, and have helped us to identify ways of making trials more appealing to volunteers.

We also need healthy volunteers who are fit and well and have no specified conditions to take part in the research studies in our hospitals.

How do I get involved?

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway website has a searchable database of all clinical trials taking place across the UK.

Alternatively you can speak to your doctor, nurse or other health professional if you would like to take part in a clinical trial to improve healthcare generally, or to support research in a particular field because you or someone close to you has a specific illness.

If you are a patient at one of our hospitals, you may be asked to take part in a research study. It is entirely up to you whether or not you wish to get involved. If you decide not to participate, this won’t affect your treatment in any way.

To more information about getting involved with our BRC as a patient volunteer, please email brc@gstt.nhs.uk