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Why choose Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit?

Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit was established in 2008 and is hosted by the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

The integration within a research active Trust provides a unique insight into delivering clinical trials within the NHS by utilising our close collaboration with clinical colleagues.  

The Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit has been awarded provisional clinical trials unit registration by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC).

Access to funding

We support new and experienced researchers, who may apply for funding to a variety of funders including:

The portfolio of studies supported by the CTU covers a wide range of therapeutic areas as well.

Our expertise

The CTU has expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials made possible through an experienced team of methodologists, trialists, data managers, trial managers, statisticians, research pharmacists and research nurses.

We are a growing team, able to provide a personalised, bespoke service to suit individual trial needs. We are happy to provide support with a variety of trial size and designs, from single-centre feasibilities through to multi-centre, interventional, randomised controlled trials. 

As part of a research-active NHS Trust, Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit has:

  • links to patients and public groups who can input into the design, conduct, and reporting of a study
  • collaboration with experienced clinical academics and research active clinicians within an NHS setting
  • expertise in NHS research ethics
  • expert peer-reviewers of applications to NIHR funding programmes and peer-reviewed journals
  • expertise in study costings
  • collaborations with:

Whether you require support for a specific service or full project management and delivery, we can help.


Professor Frances Game
Director of Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit

Dr Teresa Grieve
Director of Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit

Contact us


Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit
Medical School, Office 5033
Royal Derby Hospital
DE22 3DT