Consent to research

Supporting medical research

We have produced guidance on good practice in research to help doctors involved in research.

Although not all doctors are directly involved in medical research, many are able to support it by raising awareness among patients and supporting them to take part in appropriate opportunities if they wish to do so.

You may find the following links useful.

UK-wide websites

  • The UK Clinical Trials Gateway provides information for patients and for health professionals on clinical trials happening across the UK that patients may be able to take part in. You can search by medical condition and by location.
  • The Clinical Trials Toolkit is a resource produced by the National Institute for Health Research to give practical advice to researchers in designing and conducting publicly funded research.
  • The Health Research Authority provides guidance for researchers on the steps involved in the research pathway, from the initial study idea through to publishing and disseminating the results at the end of a study. It also publishes details on all research studies in the UK in the research summaries register.
  • The UK database of uncertainties about the effects of treatments publishes information about uncertainties from patients, carers, clinicians, and from research recommendations, covering a wide variety of health problems.
  • Most medical royal colleges and faculties also have an active research programme. Contact your royal college for information on research programmes that they are supporting.

England only websites

  • NHS Choices includes information for patients in England considering taking part in clinical trials, including video case studies
  • The Clinical Research Network in England provides information and support for healthcare professionals wanting to carry out research within the NHS. It also includes information for patients considering becoming involved in research.
  • GPs in England may find the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) website helpful. CPRD is an observational data and interventional research service funded by the NHS National Institute for Health Research and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority.

Scotland only websites

Wales only websites

  • Involving People is a website encouraging the involvement of patients and the public in health and social care research in Wales. The website also includes information for researchers on how they can engage members of the public in their research.

Northern Ireland websites

  • In Northern Ireland, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has published a research governance framework to guide clinical research studies.