Why do research?


People who are looked after in the NHS today benefit from research that has already taken place and will continue to benefit from research taking place today.

There have been many advancements in treatment and medicine across the NHS, but there is still much unknown. Clinical research is evidence based through patient and public volunteers; this enables healthcare professionals to solve questions that will identify safe, new and effective treatments for you and your family, today and for future generations.  Research adheres to strict set of rules (protocol) that ensure it is safe for participants and measures the right things in the right way to achieve results.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are a particular kind of research study conducted at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust that tests one treatment against another. These trials usually involve a large number of participants before the results are considered reliable to use in changed practice. Clinical trials identify:

University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust and the Health Research Authority (HRA) are rigorous in ensuring a clinical trial is safe and can be measured in the right way so that the results are right before people take part.

Who takes part in research?

Research participants include male and female, young and old, all ethnic groups and patients with a variety of medical conditions. However, each study looks at something specific and participation is dependent on the study eligibility criteria. 

For more information about taking part in a clinical trial at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust, browse our research areas tab or contact us by completing an online form.

Do I Have to take part?

Taking part in research at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust is entirely voluntary. You may be approached by your doctor or research practitioner and invited to take part. A study information sheet will be given and you will have time to think and ask questions if you wish. If you choose not to take part this will not affect your care with us. If you decide to take part, but change your mind, you can leave the study at any time.


Updated October 2018

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