Clinical trials are essential for developing better treatments and improving healthcare for both adults and children. Clinical trials are research studies in which people help test treatments or approaches ​to prevention or diagnosis of illnesses to assess whether they are safe and effective. People who take part in trials are volunteers, usually patients.

Clinical trials are one stage of long and thorough healthcare research. Trials are carried out in carefully planned steps, called phases, allowing researchers to ask and answer questions in a way that provides reliable information in the best interests of participants. Trials are an important part of the process that the NHS undertakes in making decisions about which approaches to prevention, diagnosis or treatment should be made available to the public.

The Emergency Department research team was established in 2011 to ensure that our department was able to play its part in ensuring that emergency care is guided by the best available evidence. Clinical research in the Emergency Department has offered patients suffering from severe infections, asthma, stroke, ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms, gastrointestinal bleeding and ankle fractures the opportunity to take part in clinical trials.