Clinical Studies Groups

Clinical Studies Groups

The Children Specialty’s Clinical Studies Groups (CSGs) provide expert advice to help researchers develop high quality research proposals. This support is provided free of charge.

Our CSGs include active researchers (clinical and other professions), parents, nurses, charity representatives and formulation experts.

The earlier you contact a CSG for guidance, the better. But you may contact a group at any stage of your research proposal. CSGs can help with:

  • Focusing ideas and refining the research question
  • Facilitating patient and parent input
  • Overall study design
  • Formulations and pharmacy issues
  • Feasibility of recruiting for the study
  • Linking up with Clinical Trials Units who can contribute expertise in statistics and trial management
  • Sign posting to funding opportunities and NIHR CRN support
  • Putting you in touch with other researchers
  • Disseminating research

CSGs meet two to three times a year but proposals are considered by email on a rolling basis. To submit a proposal (at any stage of development) to one of our groups, please fill in our ‘CSG Study Submission Form’ and return it to together with your draft proposal and any other supporting documentation (e.g. patient information leaflets) that you would like to receive feedback on.

To find out more information about our CSGs, please get in touch:

View our brochure

A brochure has been developed to highlight the broad work of the CSG’s including their collaboration with Industry, Children and Families, Charities and more.  To view the brochure click here