Medical research is essential to develop new treatments and therapies for stroke so that patients in the UK can get the best possible care. Clinical trials are conducted to test whether a new medical intervention is safe, effective and better than standard care. These trials often rely on the participation of volunteer stroke survivors.

Working with the NIHR Clinical Research Network, we have produced this booklet to explain what a clinical trial involves and what it is like to take part.

We have also produced a version for people with aphasia for people that have trouble understanding written text.

If you’re interested in being part of a clinical trial you should visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway. Here you can search for a clinical trial by condition (eg stroke) and area of the country.

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway can help you make informed choices about clinical trials. They offer useful guidance on how trials work and help connect you to researchers running trials you might be interested in. Find out what trials are running for stroke.



You’ll be able to find out more detailed information about the trial, whether or not it is currently recruiting participants, and the contact details of the trial coordinator so you can enquire about taking part.

If you're a researcher and would like our help to recruit stroke patients for your study or trial, please email

Below you can watch the story of Brin Helliwell, a stroke survivor who got involved with research at the University of Birmingham. The Birmingham University Cognitive Screen (BUCS) study, which was originally funded by the Stroke Association, has developed a screening tool to assess people for mental problems that can occur after a stroke.