Take part in research at Patient Recruitment Centre: Exeter

Every minute in the UK, someone new is diagnosed with a disease or medical condition. The treatment and support they will receive will, at some point, have been discovered by research...

Research improves the health and social care provided by the NHS and others, advancing medicine to find new cures and better treatments for future generations. It also helps to improve diagnosis, prevention and quality of life for everyone. In some cases it can change lives, or even save lives.

At the Patient Recruitment Centre (PRC): Exeter we put patients and the public at the heart of everything that we do. Our aim is to work with you to improve health and care by bringing world class research studies and trials to your region. If you choose to get involved in our work you will experience a range of advantages and benefits that are exclusive to research participants. 

Participate in a study:

Find out what studies are currently underway across the UK on the Be Part of Research website.

Participant story:

Exeter man joined a clinical trial for a potential COVID-19 vaccine after his Grandson recovered from the disease.

 Taking part in Clinical Research 

The way that we deliver clinical research at the Patient Recruitment Centre: Exeter focuses on patients and the public. You are important to our work and we have designed our services around you. From making our centre welcoming and accessible, to giving you dedicated one to one clinical contact, we deliver a personalised medical experience that puts you in control of your health.

The research we deliver changes lives. By using evidence from studies we can:

  • Develop better treatments
  • Improve care
  • Refine medical practice
  • Further our understanding of conditions and how to manage them
  • Improve diagnosis
  • Understand how to prevent harmful conditions earlier
  • Achieve better quality of life for all

…and you can be a part of this.

The more people that get involved in research the faster it will progress and the sooner the benefits will be felt. Everyone has a role to play in clinical research; it’s just a case of finding out what’s best for you. We’ll help you find the opportunity that’s right for you.

Why should you take part?


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Our focus is on you

We want you to be informed and supported at every stage of your research journey and this is why we make the information about your research experience simple to understand and relevant to you. We do this with clear materials containing information specific to the trial  and expert personal advice and support throughout your journey.

Our team is here for you - Subsequent ‘follow up’ visits will take place at the PRC: Exeter where you will be seen by our Research Team which is made up of doctors, nurses, assistant research practitioners, pharmacists and a trials administrator.

We will also ensure that your usual healthcare provider is kept informed of your involvement and progress throughout the study.

How can I find a study I can take part in?

Deciding to take part in a clinical trial is an important decision and one that often involves discussions with family, friends and your usual healthcare provider. You may also decide that you wish to be considered for further research as and when it becomes available, if so you can register to be contacted in the future by the team.

Our friendly team can discuss what type of clinical trial is available and suitable for you to consider. They will also be aware of plans for future studies. To get in touch, you can contact via email: rduh.prcexeter@nhs.net.

You can also visit the NIHR’s Research Study website to view the latest ongoing trials in your area: https://bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk/results/search-results.

Patient and public involvement

Research Champions are patients, carers, members of the public, people who have taken part in a research study before, as well as those who haven’t. Something that they all have in common is that they are passionate about getting more people involved in research so that we can develop better care and treatment for everyone.

Our Research Champions volunteer their time to help spread the word about health and care research to patients and the public, and especially those groups who are currently less likely to take part in research. They also help research and healthcare staff to understand more about the experiences of those who take part in research. They play an important part in supporting our work and ensuring that we listen to patients so that we can provide a service that meets your needs.

Want to become a research champion? Visit the NIHR website for more information: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/patients-carers-and-the-public/i-want-to-help-with-research/research-champions.htm.


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