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Nightingale-Saunders Clinical Trials & Epidemiology Unit


The Nightingale-Saunders Clinical Trials and Epidemiology Unit (NSU) is a specialist section of the King's Clinical Trials Unit (KCTU) and based in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care. We provide trials expertise for researchers focusing on the complex populations and interventions of palliative care and nursing. 

We collaborate with both internal and external researchers to support submissions to a range of funders for late phase research, such as the following National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funding streams: Health Technology Assessment (HTA); Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR); Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR); and Artificial Intelligence (AI). As well as UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) programmes and charitable organisations.

We also support submissions for early phase research programmes such as the NIHR and Medical Research Council (MRC) Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (EME); MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS); and Experimental Medicine (EM) grants.

Our team

The NSU team are experienced in working closely with KCTU on large-scale clinical trials such as CLEOPATRA, CLARITYLEAVO and APIPPRA.

Our recent activity includes developing trials in the areas of:

  • Breathlessness
  • Dementia
  • Rehabilitation
  • Intensive care
  • Diabetes management
  • Rheumatology
  • Opthalmology

Research in the Faculty

Research & Impact

Research and impact

Our research seeks to improve the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients and those…

Research Divisions

Research Divisions

Research Divisions in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care.

Research impact

Research impact

How our world-leading research impacts healthcare experiences and outcomes for patients and those…



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