Clinical Study

The Process – how does it work?

Taking part in a clinical study (also known as a Medical Trial and Clinical Trial) can be completed in three simple steps:

Step one: Register your interest

You can register online here or contact us by phone or email. If you register online then we will take some basic information to assess your suitability, or our call centre agent will ask you some initial questions and provide you with information on upcoming clinical studies. These questions will include but is not limited to:

  • availability (generally, you must live within a reasonable distance to the study site)
  • lifestyle habits
  • medical history
  • age

If you are suitable for a study and would like to take part in an initial clinical study screening, then  you will be invited to a screening appointment at our unit in London Bridge, UK.

Step two:  Initial screening appointment at our research centre

Candidates that appear suitable from the basic information taken will have a free medical check-up to assess physical health and suitability for taking part in the research. At this screening we will provide you with specific documents detailing all of the information about the clinical study that you have registered for, including previous clinical investigations that have been conducted and data from these – you can then make an informed decision on whether or not you wish to take part. The screening will be overseen by a physician who will be able to answer any specific questions you have about the research study that you have registered for.

The medical check up will be performed by our nursing team, this check will include, but is not limited to:

  • BMI
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood samples
  • Blood pressure check

Volunteers that pass the screening will be contacted by the volunteer recruitment team who will let you know your results and tell you the admission date and time of the clinical study.

Step three: taking part in the clinical study

Candidates that have successfully made it past the screening will progress on to the scientifically controlled study.

Each clinical study that is conducted in the UK must be approved by independent governmentally authorised ethics committees and must be in accordance with EU legislation. The safety of volunteers is the most important aspect of every study and so all studies are also approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA).

Clinical studies are an incredibly important part of the process of getting new drugs and treatments onto the market, as such they are stringently designed to guarantee the quality, reliability, and safety of new medicines.

Quintiles Drug Research Unit at Guy’s Hospital has conducted over 1000 Phase I development clinical studies worldwide in the last seven years.

These studies have used thousands of paid volunteers taking part in them, and each one makes a hugely valuable contribution to medical research.

Further reading: What is a clinical trial? | How do trials work? | What’s the process?