Take part in research at Patient Recruitment Centre: Newcastle

Every minute in the UK, someone is diagnosed with a disease or a condition. The treatment and support they 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.

Research nurse and patient in reception area.

Virtual tour of PRC: Newcastle

View this video to take a look around Patient Recruitment Centre: Newcastle.

PRC: Newcastle patients

Participate in a study at PRC: Newcastle web page.

Find out what studies are currently underway at PRC: Newcastle and learn about upcoming studies.

Patient perspective: Taking part in a virtual trial

In this video, trial participant, Carly, describes her experience of taking part in a virtual trial run by PRC: Newcastle. (View an accessible transcript of the video).

Part of a research active NHS

Patient Recruitment Centre (PRC): Newcastle is part of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is committed to providing the best possible care for patients and the local community. As part of this commitment, the Trust is actively involved in healthcare research. Over the past decade, it has consistently ranked as one of the top NHS Hospital Trusts for the number of research studies they support.

Research beyond the hospital clinic

In the NHS, patients are generally recruited to trials though specialist clinics. Nowadays, many patients with common chronic conditions are managed outside of hospitals. This may be through either their GP or self-care. We would like our communities to have the opportunity to learn about and access clinical studies within their own locality. So, while we work across all medical specialties and disease areas, our focus is on common chronic conditions such as headaches, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and common skin conditions.

Our new modern research facility, based on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality in Fenham, Newcastle is easily accessible for patients and parking. Here you will receive a warm welcome from our friendly and professional team. We offer a number of ways to make it easier to take part in a research study, including extended hours, video consultations and virtual trials (where you don’t need to attend in person). 

You can find out what studies are currently underway at PRC: Newcastle and learn about upcoming studies by visiting our: Participate in a study at PRC: Newcastle web page.

Volunteer to take part in research

As well as attending the unit, patients can also volunteer to be contacted about studies that are recruiting in Newcastle and the North East region by signing up to the Research+Me Registry. Some research studies need healthy volunteers and others are for people with specific medical conditions, so anyone can register to be involved.

To search for research studies in specific medical conditions, visit the Be Part of Research online service. This service allows patients to search for research studies by inputting a disease, drug name or location. Additionally, it helps members of the public to understand more about the research that is taking place nationally and what it means to take part.

Watch the video 'Participant experiences at the national Patient Recruitment Centres' to hear from participants who have taken in part in research at our five Patient Recruitment Centres in Newcastle, Blackpool, Bradford, Exeter and Leicester.

View the transcript for the video 'Participant experiences at the national Patient Recruitment Centres (PRCs)' here

Frequently Asked Questions

View answers to some of the questions we frequently get asked about taking part in research at Newcastle Patient Recruitment Centre.

  • What is research?
  • What happens during research?
  • Is research safe?
  • Why take part in research?

Get in touch

 If you are interested in taking part in our research studies you can contact us at:

PRC: Newcastle patients

Find out what studies are happening at PRC: Newcastle

Find out what studies are currently underway at PRC: Newcastle and learn about upcoming studies. You can also use the filter options to view studies we have already delivered.