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Patient Recruitment Centres

Patient Recruitment Centres (PRCs) are NIHR-funded research facilities for delivering late-phase and large-scale commercial clinical research.

PRCs make it easier and quicker to deliver commercial clinical research in the NHS and wider health and care environment.

There are 5 PRCs in the UK.

Speed, efficiency, patient experience, innovation and continuous improvement are the key drivers of these five purpose-built centres which exclusively deliver commercial research at pace and scale.

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Discover what the five PRCs offer and how they are making it easier and quicker to deliver commercial research.

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Key features of the Patient Recruitment Centres

With a special focus on common chronic conditions, these research facilities have a number of unique features which offer new ways to conduct late-phase, large-scale commercial research projects.

Patient focused

Our concierge-style service offers accessible hours of operation, welcoming waiting areas with free refreshments and parking for your participants. 97% of participants surveyed at our centres said they would take part in research again.


Our state-of-the-art facilities are tailored for delivering late-phase, large-scale commercial research.


Our five connected sites may be geographically dispersed but our processes are streamlined with a single point of contact and consistent standard operating procedures.

Wider recruitment reach

We design proactive and inclusive recruitment strategies that can reach beyond specialist hospital clinics and access diverse patient populations in areas of high disease prevalence. For example, we have strong links to primary and community care for recruitment and remote monitoring.

Dedicated to commercial research

Our dedicated teams are experienced in working with sponsor companies and Contract Research Organisations and understand the demands of delivering commercial research.

Operational flexibility

We can rapidly scale up operations to meet individual trial requirements.

Innovative research delivery

We provide a test bed for innovation in clinical trial delivery including data-driven patient identification and engagement and pioneering trial capabilities, such as decentralised trial delivery.

Access to investigators

We have access to NHS clinical investigators to lead and conduct your research, across a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Our PRC sites

Want to know more? Why not take a look around our Patient Recruitment Centre web pages.

NIHR support for the life sciences industry

This is just one of the ways we help life science organisations to conduct research in the UK.

NIHR support for the life sciences industry

Get in touch

If you are a life science company or Contract Research Organisation planning to run a study you can contact the national Patient Recruitment Centre Programme Office by emailing