About the UK Clinical Trials Gateway

At the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), we want to help people make informed choices about taking part in clinical trials.

That’s why we’ve set up the UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG). Our service helps give people the confidence to join clinical trials, by providing useful information about how trials work – while helping link them to researchers running trials they might be interested in.

Conversely, it also helps researchers find suitable people for the trials they’re running.

Here’s how it works in practice.

We help give people the confidence to join clinical trials

For members of the public

If you’re a member of the public, we aim to provide you with the right information about clinical trials – to help you decide whether you want to take part in one.

We particularly want to ensure that – in line with NHS goals – wherever you live in the UK, you know about research that’s relevant to you.

We can help you:

For researchers

If you’re a researcher, the UKCTG makes it easier for you and potential trial participants to find each other.

To find out more, please see our section with information for researchers.

Who runs the UKCTG?

The UKCTG is run by the National Institute for Health Research on behalf of NHS England, NHS Wales, NHS Scotland and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSC).

Who supports the UKCTG

A number of clinical research charities, research professionals and patient representatives support the UKCTG.

You can find out more about these organisations on our page of useful links.

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About the NIHR

At the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), we aim to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

We are a public body, receiving funding from the Department of Health. We are sometimes known as the ‘research arm of the NHS’.

We are a large organisation with many roles, and with people all over the UK. Running the UK Clinical Trials Gateway is just one of the things we do.

The NIHR aims to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research

What else we do

At the NIHR we drive research from laboratory to bedside, for the benefit of patients and the economy.

The NIHR aims to benefit patients and the general public by increasing the amount of applied health research that the NHS supports.

We aim to benefit both patients and the economy by helping translate basic science discoveries more quickly into tangible results.

We also develop and support the people who conduct, and contribute to, applied health research.

For more information about the overall work of the NIHR see our website.