Our expertise

Our Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has expertise in all aspects of clinical trial planning, set up, conduct, analysis and publication.

Why choose us?

There are many advantages to having us support your clinical trial. Please click below to find out more.

If you are interested in seeking expert advice or collaborating with us on a trial or study, including those that fall outside of our research areas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.

Please fill-in this request form with details of your proposed study. We recommend making contact at an early stage, as this will enable you to take full advantage of our wealth of experience and expertise, and increases the likelihood of a successful application.

NHSBT CTU Collaboration Request Form

Our background

Our CTU was originally set up in April 2001 within the National Blood Service (NBS) (now NHS Blood and Transplant), as a collaboration with the MRC CTU in London and was formerly known as the NBS/MRC Clinical Studies Unit.

This successful collaboration lasted until March 2013, with the MRC CTU providing statistical and methodological support in addition to building and hosting our trial databases on their IT platform.

Our remit has now broadened to include all areas of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)'s activities. Core funding supports key posts to ensure that our CTU can become the ‘provider of choice’ for clinical trials in transfusion medicine, organ donation and transplantation, tissue and stem cell transplantation.

CTU Strategy

CTU Annual Review 2020-2021 (119KB) 

CTU Statistics Annual Summary 2021 (2MB)

Data sharing statement

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) strongly supports the sharing of clinical study data in the most appropriate way, to help deliver research that maximises benefits to patients and the wider public, the health and care system and which contributes to economic growth in the UK.


This sharing of research data must: protect the confidentiality and privacy of individuals; respect the terms of consent by individuals who are involved in research; be consistent with relevant legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks; and guard against unreasonable costs.


NHSBT CTU is committed to sharing clinical study data for additional, ethical research with justified scientific objectives.


NHSBT CTU has a controlled access approach whereby researches make formal applications for data sharing. For all data sharing requests, please contact ctu@nhsbt.nhs.uk

Our world leading Resarch and Development department

Many of the studies run by our CTU are sponsored by the Research and Development (R&D) Department on behalf of NHSBT. This means that NHSBT take on the responsibility of overseeing the conduct of these studies and is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance with all the regulations.

Where a trial is sponsored by another organisation, we as the CTU will ensure that our obligations to the sponsor are met.

Find out more about our Research and Development department

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