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The Warwick Clinical Trials Unit specialises in the development and delivery of large multicentre clinical trials to inform clinical practice in the NHS and throughout the world in a variety of clinical fields.

Our portfolio currently includes trials in emergency & critical care, cancer, maternal health, surgery, pain and rehabilitation.
We have considerable expertise and experience in cluster randomised trials and trials of complex interventions, as well as systematic reviews, health economic evaluations and methodological research.

WCTU has a multidisciplinary approach with each trial involving a variety of professionals including clinicians, methodologists and specialist administrative staff. We work on a collaborative basis, with members of our academic and research staff as co-applicants, as appropriate.

Initial approaches regarding prospective collaborations may be made either directly to a Chief Investigator (where there is an existing research relationship or a known shared interest) or by contacting ctucollaborations at warwick dot ac dot uk as detailed below.

In all cases, requests for collaboration should ideally be received at least 3 months before the funder's submission deadline. This allows WCTU time to review and develop the grant proposal, and schedule any activity required.

Collaboration request process

Warwick WMS Staff

Collaboration requests should be submitted via the Notification of Intent formLink opens in a new window. The submitted form will be considered by the WCTU Business Committee.

External collaborators

Those external to Warwick Medical School should complete the External Collaboration Request formLink opens in a new window and submit it to ctucollaborations at warwick dot ac dot uk to begin discussions on their request for collaboration.
This will then be considered by the WCTU Business Committee.

NIHR Associate Principal Investigator (API) scheme

Warwick Clinical Trials Unit are keen to welcome and support trainees engaging with our portfolio of studies. We enthusiastically support the NIHR Associate Principal Investigator (API) scheme, and work with NIHR to ensure that trainees are appropriately recognised for their participation in research delivery.

Before you start - We encourage trainees to undertake GCP training and GRANULE (a course about how to engage people in clinical trials, including explaining randomisation and dealing with patient preferences etc). These are available for free by registering here using an NHS e-mail (the link is GRANULE is developed by surgeons in Bristol and is actually really useful!

Recruitment - To be able to recruit participants into a particular trial, we encourage you to speak to the team leading trials at your centre.

Associate PI - You can register to become an Associate PI, which is a formal NIHR scheme. The aim is to train the site investigators of the future. If you fulfil the requirement of NIHR, then you will get a certificate for your portfolio.

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Upcoming Business Committee meetings

  • Monday 5th February 2024
  • Thursday 7th March 2024
  • Monday 8th April 2024

If you would like a copy of the Minutes of the last Business Committee Meeting please contact Paul Beeby

Business Committee Terms of Reference

Conducting a clinical trial

Information and advice on running a clinical trial, from inception to publication.