Clinical trials assist in collecting the essential evidence of the effectiveness and safety of your solution before it goes on the market. Not all products are suitable for clinical trials and we can provide advice and guidance on what your company or organisation may need to arrange clinical trials, if appropriate.

A number of other organisations can provide information and assistance for the trial process:

National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network East Midlands (NIHR CRN EM) who can assist with conducting clinical trials.

Centre for Health Equipment and Technology Adoption (CHEATA) is hosted by Clinical Engineering service at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. CHEATA supports innovators to make their medical device truly NHS-ready, they offer a one stop shop for all medical technology adoption needs with a service portfolio tailored to each client’s needs from proof of concept right through to developing the right evidence base for a medical device or technology.

In conjunction with Medilink East Midlands a MedTech trials programme is available aimed at small to medium sized companies based in the D2N2 LEP area, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme forms part of the Medilink East Midlands INSTILS Project.

We can help you contact hospital trusts who have Research and Development (R&D) Departments who can also help in the trial process. Click through to our interactive map to see our local R&D departments.

It is also worth considering contacting trade bodies such as the ABHI (Association of British Healthcare Industries) which is the UK’s lead medical technology trade association that champion the use of safe and effective medical technologies and the ABPI (The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry) which represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care and carry out reviews of products and treatments, producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.

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