King's Clinical Trials Unit
The King's Clinical Trials Unit is fully registered by the UKCRC and receives support funding from NIHR NETSCC and the biomedical research centre for mental health. The UKCRC registered King’s Clinical Trials Unit is available to provide support to academic led trials across KHP and externally.
For academic collaborations with statistics, health economics, trial management or data management, the KCTU must be approached at the grant application stage, ideally 3-4 months in advance of the submission deadline. Requests for academic collaboration made post-funding award or close to the submission deadline are unlikely to be successful.
Currently there are approximately 175 ongoing academic led clinical trials sponsored or co-sponsored by a KHP organisation.
With limited senior academic capacity, not all requests for collaboration can be accepted. This is not due to a lack of interest in your project, nor is it because we believe that your trial will not or should not be funded. Rather, it is a reflection of the very limited number of senior academic methodologists available and we are working with KHP to increase capacity in the future.
Service level support for web based randomisation and eCRF systems are usually available to all trials. Requests for service level support may be submitted at any time, whether pre- or post-funding award. The costing model for these services can be found under the ‘KCTU Support’ or by visiting the links below. These are provided publicly to help researchers estimate likely costs, but it is recommended that a formal quote is requested prior to grant submission.
As KCTU receives infrastructure support from NIHR, priority for academic collaborations will be given to NIHR funding streams. KCTU support or collaboration is agreed formally at monthly senior management meetings.
To request support, please submit a completed support request form here.
The KCTU manages a bespoke online randomisation system, supporting simple randomisation, block randomisation, stratified block randomisation and minimisation.
The KCTU has hosted a commercial data entry system (InferMed MACRO) since 2005. It has also been used for other complex intervention trials.
Statistical input into research is vital to ensure that data is robustly collected and analysed, thereby providing reliable results which are publishable in high impact journals.
A team of health economists with expertise in conducting high quality economic evaluations of healthcare interventions, modelling studies and cost analyses.
Effective trial management pulls all critical elements of a trial together to ensure its successful delivery on time, within budget and to a high standard.
No study is better than the quality of its data – capturing good quality data that is valid, auditable, contemporaneous, accurate is essential.