Get Involved

Taking part in a clinical trial can be very rewarding. It gives you a chance to help others, as well as getting specialist care yourself for the duration of the trial. Many of our patients are sorry when a trial comes to and end, and frequently sign up to do another one if they fit the criteria!

Academic Projects

We currently have one research fellow working in our department, with a second one joining us shortly, who have the opportunity to carry out their MD projects. These projects are looking at different ways of improving our care of heart patients by the use of non-invasive imaging techniques. They are looking at a range of heart problems – from Aortic Stenosis to the use of Stress Echocardiography in women. We are also evaluating tests that have been done in the past and making comparisons between different tests.

Our projects and trials are listed below. If you would like to volunteer for a trial or find out more information, please click on the ‘Find out how to volunteer’ button and drop us an email or use the contact form on our Get in Touch page.

Ethical Approval

All research operates under a favourable opinion from an National Research Ethics Service (NRES) Ethical committee and the Health Research Authority (HRA) as well as has permission of the Research and Development Department in the NHS Trust.

All our staff undertake specialist training to ensure that the research is carried to the highest standard and the patient’s interest is always the main priority.

Many of our patients enjoy being part of research and have taken part in several different projects over the years.

I would though, like to take this opportunity to praise the staff that I came into contact with during my involvement in the Cardiac Trials. I can honestly say that during my time on the trials, I was treated with nothing but respect, kindness, care and good humour. I was always given the fullest of information before taking part, and then treated with the utmost care and consideration at all times.


If you have had a heart attack in the past, are slightly overweight and are not diabetic, then you may be suitable to take part in this trial. We will give you support throughout the trial as to how to live a healthier life style and will monitor you closely during the study. You will see Emma and Gabriel when you come to the department who will let you know everything you want to know about the study before you agree to take part. We will arrange a taxi for you to get to and from appointments, so no need to worry about parking. 


This trial is suitable for patients who have been admitted to hospital with a small heart attack, and aims to find out if people with this sort of heart attack would benefit from immediate treatment through intervention (PCI /STENT) or if our current treatment pathway of letting the patient recover for a few days before any intervention is considered. If you are admitted to hospital and find that this applies to you the research team will come and find you and explain the study in detail.


Patients who are attending the department for a stress echocardiogram are being asked if they would be interested in taking part in this trial. It first giving consent to having your images and some data transferred to Oxford University where they will be added to the existing database to help establish artificial intelligence for interpreting the scans. You will also be called after 12 months to see if you have had any health problems during this time. There are no extra visits associated with taking part in this valuable research project.


This study is also for people who have been admitted to hospital with heart problems, and involves having an infusion of either the study drug  or a placebo once a week for 4 weeks. 

If you have been admitted and are suitable for this trial then a member of the study team will come and speak with you about it. 


Other studies

We have will shortly be starting recruitment for a new trial in which we will be using high frequency ultrasound to look at the heart. This study will just take 1 day and you will have several scans during the study day. We will look after you during the day and make sure you have plenty of time to rest between scans.