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We set up the UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG) to make it easier for people to find and join a trial that is< suitable for them. If you’re interested in taking part in a clinical trial, consider signing up to the UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG).

Sign up to be contacted about clinical trials

A simple way to find a suitable trial is to sign up. Once you have signed up, you can build your profile and add additional information to help NHS research teams understand whether you might be suitable for their particular trial. By signing up, you are giving your consent to be contacted by an NHS research team when an appropriate trial becomes available.

You’ll play an important role in helping to develop new treatments more quickly and advance medical research. You’ll also help the NHS, by making it easier for research teams to contact volunteers.

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How sign-up works

Signing up is easy. Here’s how it works:

  1. When you click ‘sign up’, we’ll invite you to enter your first name, last name and email address, and choose a password. At this point, you will need to read and accept the site terms and conditions. When you’ve done this, click ‘sign up’.
  2. We will send you a confirmation email.
  3. When you have received the email, click the link inside it to confirm that the email address you have provided belongs to you. You will then be directed back to the UKCTG site, where you can log in using your email and password.

Creating and updating your profile

When you first log in to your account, we will ask you to provide more information about yourself, in your ‘account profile’.

This allows you to add details such as your sex, your date of birth and whether you have any medical conditions.

You can choose what information to disclose: the more you tell us, the easier it will be for researchers to know whether you meet the criteria for their clinical trial, and what other clinical research might be relevant to you. You can update your profile at any time.

You can also choose whether you would prefer to be contacted by phone or email.

Creating profiles for people in your care

If you are a carer, parent or guardian, you can create profiles on behalf of people in your care.

To do this, you must first create an account in your own name. You can then create a separate profile for each person in your care that you wish to be considered for a clinical trial. Note that, in these circumstances it will only ever be you – as the person who created the profile – who will be contacted with information about trials.

You can then decide whether you take this further with the person for whom you created a profile. 

What happens when you’re contacted about a clinical trial?

If there is a suitable trial for you, a member of the trial team will contact you. They should explain the purpose of the trial and what’s involved in each phase of the trial – so that you can decide whether or not you want to take part in the trial. 

For help making your decision, see our page on what you need to know before joining a clinical trial. On that page, we’ve suggested some questions you might want to ask the research team before you give your consent.

Remember: it is your choice whether to take part in the trial or not. You can ask for time to think through your decision. You will always be in control.

What happens if I want to withdraw from the UKCTG?

If at any time you want to withdraw from the UKCTG, please email ukctg@nihr.ac.uk and ask to have your account deleted.