Denise Forshaw

Deputy Director: Governance and Operations/ Principal Clinical Trial Manager

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB414

+44 (0) 1772 89 3713

Subject Areas: Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Public Health, Social Care

Denise has extensive experience managing clinical trials of complex interventions. Her research interests are centred around improving trials, trial design, recruitment and retention, staff, carer and patient experience.

Full Profile

As Deputy Director of Operations and Governance Denise takes the lead on all aspects of research governance and ethics across Lancashire CTU`s trial portfolio coordinating the oversight and design of studies from prefunding to closure

As Principal Clinical Trials Manager she is responsible for the implementation and management of all studies on the Lancashire CTU portfolio across a variety of disease groups

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.

In her dual role, 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 the previous 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


Sutton, Chris J ORCID: 0000-0002-6406-1318, Forshaw, Denise ORCID: 0000-0001-5725-3736 and Neil, Emma (2019) Designing and implementing an individually-randomised trial in the presence of a substantial risk of contamination. In: 5th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (ICTMC) 2019, 6-9 October 2019, Brighton, UK.

Radford, Kate, Sutton, Chris J ORCID: 0000-0002-6406-1318, Sach, Tracey, Holmes, Jain, Watkins, Caroline Leigh ORCID: 0000-0002-9403-3772, 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

Anderson, C S, Arima, H, Lavados, P, Billot, L, Hackett, Maree ORCID: 0000-0003-1211-9087, Olavvaria, VV, Munoz Venturelli, P, Brunser, A, Peng, B et al (2017) Cluster-Randomized, Crossover Trial of Head Positioning in Acute Stroke. The New England Journal of Medicine, 376 . pp. 2437-2447. ISSN 0028-4793

French, Beverley, Thomas, Lois Helene ORCID: 0000-0001-5218-6546, McAdam, Joanna ORCID: 0000-0001-8963-7240, Burton, Christoper, Forshaw, Denise ORCID: 0000-0001-5725-3736, Booth, Joanne, Britt, David, Cheater, Francine, Roe, Brenda et al (2016) Implementing a Systematic Voiding Programme for Patients with Urinary Incontinence After Stroke. Qualitative Health Research, 26 (10). pp. 1393-1408. ISSN 1049-7323

More publications



  • ICONS II: Identifying Continence Options after Stroke randomised controlled trial
  • IMPROVISE: NIHR Global Health Research Group on Improving Stroke Research in India
  • WORKWELL: development and evaluation of a Work retention programme for employed people with Inflammatory Arthritis
  • STROLLERS: STRoke, Life and LeisurE Research Survey
  • COMMITS: Confirming the Mechanism of Motivational Interviewing Therapy after Stroke
  • CONVINCE: Colchicine for prevention of Vascular Inflammation in Non-CardioEmbolic stroke


  • 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 topics such as ethics, consenting vulnerable patients, project implementation, Clinical Trial Implementation, Set up and Management.