Professor Sally Lamb describes the role of Clinical Trials Units in developing an NIHR funding application.
Exeter Clinical Trials Unit (ExeCTU)
Exeter Clinical Trials Unit (ExeCTU) is a University of Exeter supported facility and works in collaboration with researchers and clinicians in the design and delivery of high quality and efficient controlled trials and other well-designed studies addressing important health questions.
ExeCTU works closely with NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (CRF)
ExeCTU evolved from demerger of the Peninsula Medical School in 2013 and the then single CTU (PenCTU) that served both Exeter and Plymouth Universities. The establishment of the Exeter Clinical Support Network (ECTSN) in February 2013 and the ExeCTU in 2015 reflects our ambitions to develop our portfolio of trials (led by Exeter and external Chief Investigators) and to develop our expertise in the key areas of trial methodology (medical statistics, health economics, process evaluation, qualitative research methods, trial management and data management). We recognise that such expertise is vital for the design, conduct and analysis of high quality trials, particularly in the field of complex interventions. ExeCTU is working towards becoming a UKCRC registered CTU in the near future.