PenCTU Research Support

Offering practical and specialist support for high-quality clinical trials and other well designed studies

Working with us

We welcome requests for collaboration from applicants in any location, working in any therapeutic area. We prefer initial requests to be made in a timely manner; a minimum of three months before a funding application deadline where possible.

The extent to which PenCTU engages in your project will depend on a number of factors, for example:

  • the level of engagement sought
  • the experience of your research team
  • the size and complexity of the project
  • the source of funding and our own capacity.

In most circumstances, we manage the project at all stages from design, through conduct and management, to analysis and reporting. In some cases, it may be appropriate to provide support in specific areas, such as statistical analysis, data management and/or randomisation.

We estimate the costs of our involvement on an individual basis, based on the nature and complexity of the project. 

The costs for PenCTU input will need to be covered by the grant. Major funders expect to see costs for CTU activity included in funding applications.

Please contact us as early as possible so we can help you plan your research and include the costs of our support in your grant application. PenCTU does not provide funding for research.

If you need help with an existing study, please ensure you have sufficient funds to meet the costs of our support.

Email:

penctu@plymouth.ac.uk

Telephone:

+44 1752 439831

Address:

Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit
Faculty of Health
University of Plymouth
Room N16
ITTC 1 Building
Plymouth Science Park
Plymouth
Devon
PL6 8BX

Map of Plymouth Science Park

We can also help with ...

Obtaining and maintaining permissions

We can guide you through the IRAS system in order to obtain a favourable ethical opinion, HRA approval and other permissions as required (including authorisation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the case of drug trials). We ensure that essential documents are prepared on time and in the correct format and that amendments are prepared and submitted to the relevant bodies in a timely and organised manner.

Protocol development

Writing a trial protocol can be a complex business but we can help you to write your protocol in line with recommended guidelines using tried and tested templates.

Patient & public involvement and engagement (PPI)

The benefits of PPI in research are well documented. We can help you decide how to ensure effective PPI input throughout the life-cycle of your project.

Investigator site set up

No matter whether your study is single or multi-centre, it is essential that all are adequately resourced to conduct the study and staff are fully acquainted with the protocol. We can help with site selection, design/delivery of staff training and coordination of site study supplies.

Safety monitoring

We design systems for recording Adverse Events (AEs) and Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) in all studies and have robust mechanisms for safety reporting within CTIMPs (Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products).

Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP) management

We supervise all aspects of IMP management including designing regulatory-compliant product labels, reliable supply chains, robust drug accountability systems and procedures for emergency unblinding.

Oversight committees

Most studies require a Trial Steering Committee (TSC) to oversee the local management group. Some trials also need a Data Monitoring Committee (DMC). We can help with the proper constitution of these committees, identify appropriate members, arrange regular meetings and prepare the required reports.