From the NIHR Associate PI information:

"People who would not normally have the opportunity to take part in clinical research in their day to day role have the chance to experience what it means to work on and deliver a NIHR portfolio trial under the mentorship of an enthusiastic Local PI.

The scheme is open to any healthcare professional willing to make a significant contribution to the conduct and delivery of a study at a local level over a period of at least six months:

  • The healthcare professional works alongside the Local PI for six months on the study at the same site as the Associate PI.
  • The Local PI acts as a mentor to the Associate PI, helping them to understand what it means to be a Local PI on an NIHR portfolio study.
  • During their time on the Associate PI Scheme, the Associate PI must complete a checklist of study activities and a learning pathway on NIHR Learn. This checklist needs to be signed off by the Local PI and the National Study Coordinator at the end of an Associate PI's time on the scheme.
  • The NIHR Associate PI Scheme team will then issue a certificate confirming Associate PI Status which can be added to their training portfolio."


Studies open at HHFT which are registered to the Associate PI scheme

If you would be interested in knowing more about a study below, please do contact us. We can discuss the possibility with the local PI to determine if an appropriate opportunity is available and can be accomodated.   


Anaesthesia, Perioperative Care and Pain Management (APOMP) Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme: Patient Study Improving perioperative care through the use of quality data: Patient Study of the Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme
Cancer Add-Aspirin A phase III double-blind placebo-controlled randomised trial assessing the effects of aspirin on disease recurrence and survival after primary therapy in common non-metastatic solid tumours.
Cancer OPTIMA Optimal Personalised Treatment of early breast cancer using Multiparameter Analysis
Critical Care GenOMICC Genetics of susceptibility and mortality in critical care (GenOMICC)
Gastroenterology PROFILE - personalised medicine in Crohn's disease PRedicting Outcomes For Crohn’s dIsease using a moLecular biomarkEr (PROFILE) trial
Hepatology CALIBRE Study CArvediloL versus variceal Band ligation in primary pREvention of variceal bleeding in liver cirrhosis
Stroke OPTIMAS Trial OPtimal TIMing of Anticoagulation after acute ischaemic Stroke: a randomised controlled trial (OPTIMAS Trial)
Surgery CHAPS; version 1.0 Compression Hosiery to Avoid Post-Thrombotic Syndrome
Surgery FLO-ELA FLO-ELA: FLuid Optimisation in Emergency LAparotomy. Open, multi-centre, randomised controlled trial of cardiac output -guided haemodynamic therapy compared to usual care in patients undergoing emergency bowel surgery.
Surgery EMT2: EPA for Metastasis Trial 2 A randomised placebo-controlled phase III trial of the effect of the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on colorectal cancer recurrence and survival after surgery for resectable liver metastases
Surgery PITSTOP The PITSTOP Study: PIlonidal sinus Treatment: STudying the OPtions
Surgery Dupuytren’s Interventions Surgery vs. Collagenase A pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled non-inferiority, cost effectiveness trial comparing injections of collagenase into the cord to surgical correction in the treatment of moderate Dupuytren’s Contracture in adult patients.
Surgery Reduction Of Surgical Site Infection using several Novel Interventions ROSSINI 2: A Phase III, multi-arm, multi-stage (MAMS) pragmatic, blinded (patient and outcome assessor) multicentre, randomised controlled trial (RCT) with an internal pilot, to evaluate the use of three in-theatre interventions, alone or in combination, to reduce SSI rates in patients undergoing abdominal surgery.
Trauma and Emergency Care (TEC) NEON - digital NErve, suture Or Not A randomised controlled trial assessing if microsurgical nerve repair offers clinical benefit and cost effectiveness (in terms of patient–reported hand function, sensory recovery and adverse events) over exploration and washout without microsurgical nerve repair in adult patients with recent traumatic digital nerve injury.
Trauma and Emergency Care (TEC) HUSH - The Humeral Shaft Fracture Trial The HUmeral SHaft fracture trial: A multi-centre prospective randomised superiority trial of surgical versus non-surgical interventions for humeral shaft fractures in patients aged 18 years or older
Trauma and Emergency Care (TEC) Surgery or Cast for Injuries of the EpicoNdyle in Children’s Elbows SCIENCE Surgery or Cast for Injuries of the EpicoNdyle in Children’s Elbows:A multi-centre prospective randomised superiority trial of operative fixation versus non-operative treatment for medial epicondyle fractures of the humerus in children.
Trauma and Emergency Care (TEC) SOFFT: Simple Olecranon Fracture Fixation Trial Suture fixation versus tension band wiring for simple olecranon fracture fixation: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial (Simple Olecranon Fracture Fixation Trial – SOFFT)
Trauma and Emergency Care (TEC) CRAFFT – Children’s Radius Acute Fracture Fixation Trial CRAFFT – Children’s Radius - Acute Fracture Fixation Trial: A multi-centre prospective randomised non-inferiority trial of surgical reduction versus non-surgical casting for displaced distal radius fractures in children.
Trauma and Emergency Care (TEC) WAX Weight Bearing in Ankle Fractures. A randomised clinical trial of weight-bearing following operatively treated ankle fracture.
Trauma and Emergency Care (TEC) PROFHER2 Trial - Version 1.0 A three-arm randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of reverse shoulder arthroplasty versus hemiarthroplasty versus non-surgical care for acute three and four- part fractures of the proximal humerus in patients over 65 years of age – Proximal Fracture Of the Humerus: Evaluation by Randomisation trial No.2 (PROFHER-2).


Table last updated 30th September 2021.