Welcome to the Patient Recruitment Centre: Newcastle
We are dedicated to setting up and delivering late phase commercial clinical trials in the NHS at pace and scale. We are one of five national Patient Recruitment Centres that work collaboratively, through an innovative national franchise-like model, to make it easier and quicker to deliver commercial research in the UK.
By attracting more commercial research to the UK, we also increase opportunities for NHS patients to access cutting edge treatment and therapies that are not yet widely available through the NHS. We work across the region, through our partners and stakeholders, to ensure as many people as possible are given an opportunity to take part.
News: Patient Recruitment Centre shortlisted as a finalist for the HSJ Value Awards 2021 for RELIEVE IBS-D virtual trial
News: Patient Recruitment Centre delighted to be PharmaField awards finalist for virtual trial success
News: Virtual trial recruits 67% faster led by NIHR Patient Recruitment Centre in Newcastle in collaboration with Enteromed
PRC: Newcastle is a dedicated research centre which provides the best possible care for our patients and the local community. We are hosted by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who share this commitment and are actively involved in healthcare research. In recent years the Trust has been one of the highest recruiting NHS research sites in England.
In the UK, research participants are generally recruited to trials though specialist clinics in hospitals. However, many patients with common chronic conditions are managed outside hospitals, either by their GP or through self-care. We want these patients to be empowered to put themselves forward and be part of our research community. We know that efficient recruitment to trials of common chronic conditions (such as headaches, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, common skin conditions) can be challenging. By working together our research community can make an important contribution to changing the traditional models of recruitment.
By enabling patients in the North East and North Cumbria to take part in late-phase commercial clinical research (funded by the life sciences industry), we are helping them to access and to contribute to the development of new therapies that may form the treatments of the future.