How can you find out what clinical trials are taking place near to you?

The UK Clinical trials Gateway is available as a web page or can be downloaded as an 'app' to your smart phone.

It is searchable by keywords such as 'diabetes', 'blood' or 'Sheffield' and gives information about clinical trials which are currently active in the UK and who to contact to find out more.

Have you ever wondered what its like to participate in a clinical trial?

Perhaps you have been informed about some research which you could be eligible to participate in and you want to find out more about what to expect before you decide.

The NIHR YouTube channel nirhtv has a selection of videos about clinical research which you might find interesting.

The NIHR has a web page about taking part in clinical research which you can see here.

Will you be paid for taking part in a clinical research project?

Often you will be compensated for any travel expenses arising from your participation in a clinical trial so that you aren't out of pocket if you decide to take part.

Sometimes a small payment for inconvenience can be made to you. Full details of any payments made are explained in the study information provided to you to read before you decide whether to participate in the trial or not. If you have any questions, you can ask the person who is explaining the study to you.

Are you interested in getting involved in research, or finding more out about what it might involve?

You can read about recent events and upcoming opportunities to get involved in clinical research in the NIHR Patient and Public Involvement Newsletter here. You can sign up to receive updates directly to your email account.