Useful Contacts


INVOLVE is a national organisation which promotes public involvement in health and social care research. They offer practical advice and support to both members of the public wishing to become partners in the research process and to researchers on how best to involve the public in those processes.

Support Unit
Wessex House
Upper Market Street
SO50 9FD

Telephone: 023 8065 1088


People in Research aims to help members of the public make contact with organisations which would like to actively involve people in clinical research.

Philippa Yeeles
UK Clinical Research Collaboration
20 Park Crescent

Telephone: 020 7670 5153
Fax: 020 7637 6067


If you wish to make a formal complaint, please write to:

The Chief Executive
Weston Area Health Trust
Grange Road


Weston super Mare

BS23 4TQ


UKCRC (UK Clinical Research Collaboration) has developed two generic resources for patients and the public which contain information about medical research studies:

  • A leaflet, Clinical Trials: What they are and what they're not, designed to answer some of the key questions people have about why and how clinical trials are carried out.
  • A booklet, Understanding Clinical Trials, intended to provide more detailed information about how clinical trials are designed and carried out, and to answer questions for those considering taking part.

Some of the UKCRC Partners have also produced information on clinical trials for patients and the public.