Clinical Trials

This Service, delivered by the NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria, can assist with the establishment of an evidence base for the effectiveness of the product or service in clinical practice. This may vary from observational or questionnaire based research, through to full randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Advice and support is available to guide an organisation through this process and ensure that they get the right evidence they require to develop their product or service further.

Key Features:

  • Dedicated infrastructure to guide, advise and support you through the intricate research processes in the UK
  • Access to regional healthcare expertise in the design and delivery of research relating to medical products by NHS organisations
  • Co-ordination and facilitation of the right clinical support – ensuring companies make contact with clinicians who are interested and able to take research forward
  • Performance management of the research study to ensure that the evidence obtained is enabled in a timely fashion, with the data necessary to answer meaningful research questions


  • Improvement of the chances of securing investment when it is required, as well as facilitating the successful commercialisation of ideas
  • Provision of a strong competitive advantage leading to increased commercial returns, as well as contributing to regional economic growth

Pathway Case Study

Light Therapy Treatment for Degenerative Sight Threatening Conditions

Pathway in Action

Rapid Testing for Carbapenamase Producing Enterobacteriaceae

A New Diagnostic Test for Acute Exacerbation of COPD