Taking part in research

Patients have the right to find out about the research opportunities that are suitable for them. The NHS Constitution says so. And that’s good news, because research tells us patients and the public are interested in finding out more about clinical research.

The resources below will help you to find out more about taking part in clinical research They are open to everyone, so you do not need to register for a user account.

UK Clinical Trials Gateway

A website that aims to provide easy-to-understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK.


Insight magazine

Get the latest news from the NIHR Clincial Research Network. You'll find interviews, feature articles, study analysis and more.



INVOLVE supports public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. Hosts useful links to publications / databases / other online resources.

Join Dementia Research

Whether you have dementia or not, register your interest in becoming involved with vital research studies running in the UK.

Cancer Research

The CRUK Cancer Help website has more information about cancer research and for finding clinical trials specific to cancer.


Not an NIHR website, this resource is designed to help patients get in touch with researchers and vice versa, simply and quickly.

League table

Find out how your local NHS Trust is performing in relation to clinical research – published by The Guardian on its NIHR Clinical Research Zone