The BCTU provides the scientific, technical and computing expertise needed to support clinical trial research from conception through to completion.

The unit provides an open access consultancy service covering all aspects of trial design, management, database provision, and analysis. We offer investigators help to work up their ideas or pilot studies and help with literature searches, as well as advice from an expert multi-disciplinary team on the best clinical trial methodology.

Services available

The BCTU can offer advice and expertise in:

  • Systematic literature review and meta-analysis
  • Trial design, including appropriate sample size
  • Protocol development and case report form design
  • Research costs and funding applications
  • Establishing collaborative networks of investigators
  • Gaining ethical and regulatory approval
  • Randomisation procedures
  • Strategies for patient recruitment
  • Trial co-ordination and data management
  • Research governance and quality assurance procedures
  • Database design and computerised trial management software
  • Incorporation of health economics and quality of life measures
  • Independent data monitoring
  • Statistical analysis and reporting
  • Training courses, workshops and seminars

The BCTU organises a triannual course in research methods for clinical trials which is designed to help researchers apply the most effective practical methods to answer key problems in clinical and other health care.

This unit receives National Institute for Health Research CTU Support Funding. This funding has been awarded to support the unit in developing and supporting NIHR trials.