All research conducted within EPUT must have formal NHS Research Permission. Applications for approval must be submitted online to Pauline Young using the Integrated Research Approval System (IRAS). Supporting documentation e.g. draft participant information form, draft consent form, research tools etc. should also be submitted.

Useful guidance can be found on the Research Community section of the Health Research Authority(HRA) website.

Commercial / Industry sponsors

EPUT has experience of setting up and successfully running commercial clinical trials in dementia and mental health. We have worked with sponsors including Roche Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, Acadia, Axovant Sciences, Soma Analytics, TRx Pharmaceuticals to name but a few. A list of our current studies can be found here.

EPUT serves the whole county of Essex with a population of over 1 450 000. We have a diverse, under researched population and our aim is to increase research activity in the area. This makes us an attractive site for commercial sponsors.

Research Assessment Room

EPUT has dedicated clinical trials assessment rooms with equipment for physical and neurological exams, ECG, venepuncture, interviews and psychometric tests as well as a centrifuge and -20 degree freezer. We ensure all our participants are comfortable and taken care of by providing transport, meals and refreshments when required.

Pharmacy Facilities

EPUT Pharmacy has a dedicated Clinical Trials area within the main building at Chelford Court in Chelmsford. Pharmacists and technicians are GCP trained and experienced in working on commercial and non-commercial trials. Our Pharmacy clinical trials facility is regularly monitored by sponsors and Contract Research Organisations.
For further details contact:

EPUT Pharmacy
Chelford Court
Telephone: 01245 315 500
Chief Pharmacist: Dr Hilary Scott

Opening Times: 9am to 5.30pm Mon- Fri & 09:30-12:30 Sat


Academic Sponsors

We work with numerous universities/academic sponsors to deliver on both observational and clinical trials.  Research participation has increased year by year in the Trust and feedback from participants is overwhelmingly positive.

Do you have a research idea?

The primary aim of a research project is to derive generalisable new knowledge. A research project typically addresses clearly defined questions, aims and objectives. If you have a research idea we can provide guidance and useful resources for developing the idea, where to find funding and get you in touch with people with similar interests. Developing a new study idea and/or applying for funding can be daunting. We can direct you towards people who can help pull a grant application together. The National Institute of Health Research and Research Design Service provide support to health and social care researchers in England. All grant applications and research projects require R&I sign off so please contact us at an early stage.