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Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit


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 are 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

If you are interested in engaging with the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit then please apply for our support by contacting the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit as early as possible.

  • Trial design and development
  • Feasibility trials
  • Complex intervention trials
  • Trial management
  • Data management
  • Statistics
  • Trial Reporting
  • Research
  • Quality Assurance


Ouyang M, Boaden E, Arima H, Lavados PM, Billot L, Hackett ML, Olavarría VV, Muñoz-Venturelli P, Song L, Rogers K, Middleton S, Pontes-Neto OM, Lee T-H, Watkins C, Robinson T, Anderson CS, for the HeadPoST Investigators (2019) Dysphagia screening and risks of pneumonia and adverse outcomes after acute stroke: an international multicentre study International Journal of Stroke,

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of strength and balance Exergames to reduce falls risk for people aged 55 years and older in UK assisted living facilities: a multi-centre, cluster randomised controlled trial (2019) Stanmore EK, Mavroeidi A, de Jong LD, Skelton DA, Sutton CJ, Benedetto V, Munford LA, Meekes W, Bell V & Todd C. BMC Medicine, 17; 49

Minhas JS, Wang X, Lavados PM, Moullaali TJ, Arima H, Billot L, Hackett ML, Olavarria VV, Middleton S, Pontes-Neto O, Asita De Silva H, Lee TH, Pandian JD, Mead GE, Watkins C, Chalmers J, Anderson CS, Robinson TG & on behalf of the HeadPoST investigators (2019) Blood pressure variability and outcome in acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke: a post hoc analysis of the HeadPoST study. Journal of Human Hypertension ISSN 0950-9240

Thomas LH, Coupe J, Cross L, Tan AL and Watkins CL (2019) Interventions for treating urinary incontinence after stroke in adults Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD004462. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004462.pub4..


Holland EJ, Watkins CL, Boaden E and Lightbody CE (2018) Fidelity to a motivational interviewing intervention for those with post-stroke aphasia: A small scale feasibility study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 25 (1). pp. 54-60. ISSN 1074-9357

Gibson JME, Thomas LH, Harrison JJ, Watkins CL (2018) Stroke survivors’ and carers’ experiences of a systematic voiding programme to treat urinary incontinence after stroke. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(9-10):2041-2051. doi:

Patel K, Watkins CL, Sutton CJ, Holland E-J, Benedetto V, Auton, MF, Barer D, Chatterjee K, Lightbody CE (2018) Motivational interviewing for low mood and adjustment early after stroke: a feasibility randomised trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4:152. doi:

Radford, Kate, Sutton, Chris J, Sach, Tracey, Holmes, Jain, Watkins, Caroline Leigh, Forshaw, Denise, Jones, Trevor, Hoffman, Karen O’Connor, Rory et al (2018) Early, specialist vocational rehabilitation to facilitate return to work after traumatic brain injury: the FRESH feasibility RCT Health Technology Assessment, 22 (33). pp. 1-156. ISSN 1366-5278

Prof Dame Caroline Watkins, Dr Gordon Prescott, Denise Forshaw

Trial Management
Denise Forshaw, Emma Neil, John Heney, Alexandra Haig, Ruksana Isaji, Alison Gibbon, Kieron Devine

Trial Design and Statistical Analysis
Dr Gordon Prescott, Dr Miland Joshi, Dr Svetlana Tishkovskaya, Anna France, Naseerah Akooji, Chris Brown

Information Systems
Joe Robinson, Glenn Holt

Data Management
Carole Bruce, Alison Hadley, Moira Wilkinson, Molly Cronshaw
Quality Assurance
George Georgiou

Dr Hayley Tyrer, Helen Oates
  • HeadPoST
  • Cancer, Supportive and Palliative Care Research Group
  • Clinical Practice Research Unit (Stroke Care)
  • Health Research Methodology and Implementation (HeRMI)
  • Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN)
  • Research in Childbirth and Health Unit (ReaCH)