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The Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has been set up to manage health related trials for UCLan and external organisations. The Lancashire CTU team has accrued many years of experience in the skills required to develop, manage and analyse clinical trials with a growing specialisation in trials of complex interventions, in particular feasibility trials. The formulation of the Lancashire CTU structure was initiated in 2012 and we are currently supporting national and international trials.

The Lancashire CTU offers a quality assured service for the coordination and delivery of key services pertaining to robust clinical trials of complex interventions and other well designed studies.

We offer support in:

  • Trial design and developing collaborative applications to funders
  • Trial and site set-up and on-going management, including oversight monitoring
  • Randomisation
  • Data management (including form (CRF) design, data entry and data cleaning)
  • Statistical analysis and reporting

These services underpinned by our robust quality assurance processes.

We specialise in complex intervention trials in the topic areas of:

  • Stroke
  • Midwifery
  • Cancer
  • Musculoskeletal health
  • Public/population health
  • Mental health

We would consider collaborations in other areas of health research.

If you would like to discuss working with us, please email us at

Expertise and Subject Areas

Trial design and development

Feasibility trials

Complex intervention trials

Trial management

Data management


Trial Reporting


Quality Assurance

Events and News

Lancashire CTU Launch Event: 12th June. View programme.





Prof. Caroline Watkins (Director)
Dr Chris Sutton (Associate Director Operations and Principal statistician)
Prof Paola Dey (Associate Director Quality Assurance)


Trial Management


Denise Forshaw (Principal Clinical Trials Manager)
Senior Trials Assistant (TBA)
Jane Fitzgerald (Trials Assistant)



Data Management

Dr Malcolm Auton (Data Manager)
IT Development (TBA)
Alison Hadley (Data Coordinator)
Simone Finlay (Data Entry / Administrator)

Statistical support

Dr Chris Sutton (Principle Statistician)
Dr Svetlana Tishkovskaya (Statistician)

Quality Assurance

Prof. Paola Dey (Quality Assurance Director)
Dr Brigit Chesworth (Quality Officer)
Kenny Finlayson (Acting Quality Officer)






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