Keele Clinical Trials Unit awarded full UKCRC registration

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Posted on 24 August 2017

The Keele Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is one of 46 units to be successfully registered by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) in recognition of their quality and expertise in clinical research within a primary and secondary care setting.

Clinical Trials Units bring together the expertise required to carry out clinical research trials, with the aim of improving patient care. Keele’s CTU has been involved in the design and delivery of quality assured research since 1998, with an expert team of statisticians, clinicians, trial managers and IT specialists providing high quality specialist services.

As a fully registered unit, Keele’s CTU will benefit from new opportunities to contribute to new developments and initiatives within the clinical research community, greater visibility to stakeholders (particularly funders and clinical investigators), collaboration prospects, eligibility for new funding initiatives, national and international representation, and key networking opportunities.

To be awarded full registration, the unit needed to demonstrate a track record in design, conduct and analysis, a presence of a core team of expert staff, robust quality assurance systems and long term-viability. The registration process, which has been running since 2007, is led by an International Review Committee. The Committee’s Chair, Sir Kent Woods was “delighted to see the clear impact of the programme on the quality of conduct of clinical trials research in the UK”. 

Kris Clarkson, CTU Deputy Director commented;

“We are delighted to be awarded the full UKCRC registration, which confirms the quality status of Keele’s CTU and will enable the continued involvement in the design and delivery of high quality clinincal research studies and trials”.

For a list of the registered Clinical Trials Unit in the UK, please visit the UKCRC website