Major Liverpool health research services launched

Published on 30/10/2019
Major Liverpool health research services launched

The University of Liverpool and Liverpool Health Partners (LHP) have developed two significant new initiatives, Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre (LCTC) and LHP – Single Point of Access for Research & Knowledge (SPARK), to help increase research activity in the City Region and, ultimately, make a positive impact on the health of the area.

The Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre (LCTC) is a leading UK clinical trials unit and methodological research group that aims to Improve lives through the design and delivery of innovative and high-quality, world-class clinical trials. The Centre is based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool.

The Centre brings together a wealth of expertise built on the experience of the Liverpool Trials Collaborative which has held full registration status with the UK Clinical Research Collaboration CTU network since its establishment in 2007.

Working with the NHS and commercial partners, patients and the public, the Centre will contribute to the identification and evaluation of new and innovative treatments and devices. Staff at the Centre have particular expertise in personalised medicine, surgical interventions, and repurposing of and establishing evidence for existing treatments used within the NHS.

In partnership with other trials methodologists, LCTC will contribute to the advancement of methods to improve the design and delivery of clinical trials.


Liverpool Health Partners has created LHP SPARK; a ‘single point of access for research and knowledge’, to draw together eight NHS organisations and four Higher Education institutions and create a single focus for efficient set up and delivery of health research in the city region.

The creation of SPARK follows an independent review which highlighted the need to execute world-leading discovery science, linked to the specific population health needs of Liverpool and Merseyside. An effective joint research service was seen as key, and for the last year LHP and its partners have been designing an effective joint research service.

LHP SPARK has a dedicated research management team that can provide facilitation and guidance during the course of a research project, with the aim of delivering a streamlined research support service and a clear single destination for industry and researchers.

SPARK is based alongside the LHP offices at Liverpool Science Park, which is at the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.

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