Denise Forshaw

Principal Clinical Trials Manager

College of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB414

+44 (0) 1772 89 3713

Subject Areas: Health and Social Care

Denise has extensive experience managing clinical trials of complex interventions. Her research interests are centred around improving nursing care for patients with stroke.

Full Profile

As senior trials manager for the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit, Denise has expertise in all areas of clinical trial management but specifically in feasibility trials and trials of complex interventions. This includes writing and reviewing trial protocols, ethics applications, contract negotiations and costing, research governance approvals, designing implementation and monitoring systems, ensuring protocol compliance, and training trial managers and research staff.

As a member of the Clinical Practice Research Unit, Denise is working to further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of clinical trial management by understanding the barriers and challenges of embedding research into practice.

Denise is a previous Chair of ethics committees covering health related research at UCLan and is now the UCLan signatory as Sponsor for IRAS and NHS applications. She has a keen interest and significant expertise in best ethical practices, including the protection of vulnerable research participants.

Denise is a registered nurse, and her experience working in a clinical setting (both in the UK and in the Middle East) has given her a comprehensive understanding of all stages of the healthcare research system. Denise is particularly interested in facilitating research into complex interventions of nursing care, that will help to promote adoption of evidence-based practices.




RGN, RSCN, PGC Professional Stroke Practice



Thomas LH, Watkins CL, French B, Sutton C, Forshaw D, Cheater F, Roe B, Leathley M, Burton C, McColl E, Booth J, The ICONS Project Team and the ICONS Patient, Public and Carer Involvement Groups. Study protocol: ICONS: Identifying continence options after stroke: A randomised trial. Trials. 2011;12(1):131-140.

More publications


HeadPoST: Head Position in Stroke Trial
ICONS: Identifying Continence Options after Stroke
FRESH: Facilitating Return to work through Specialised Health-based interventions
ICARE: Improving Cardiac Arrest Recognition Effectiveness
ADOPTS: Improving Access to Psychological Services
AVERT: A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Denise contributes to several stroke courses on on topics such as ethics, consenting vulnerable patients and project implementation.