Predicting Language Outcome and Recovery After Stroke (PLORAS)


Clinical Research Network

We are working with the Clinical Research Network (CRN) to invite stroke patients to take part in PLORAS.  The CRN are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to co-ordinate and develop stroke research nationally.  We are very excited about this as it means we can reach a diverse population of stroke survivors around the country.

At this stage, CRN teams are required to screen stroke patients at their site, briefly outline the study to suitable patients and take consent. Following patient consent, they then transfer the completed recruitment documents (initial consent form and entry form) and copies of the patient’s hospital CT/MRI brain scans to the PLORAS team.

By sharing patient hospital CT/MRI scans with us this will: i) enable patients to take part without travelling to our centre and, ii) enable us to ensure that our clinical prediction tool will be accurate and functional at most UK hospitals.

Referrals from clinicians to PLORAS should come via the Clinical Research Network from clinical settings that are PLORAS study sites, so that the approved recruitment procedures can be followed.

CRN site FAQs

Please see our CRN FAQ page to find answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions for PLORAS CRN sites.

Is PLORAS open to new CRN sites?

We are accepting new sites, but may prioritise set up based on, e.g. data gaps, or put sites on hold for a period.​  If you are considering opening PLORAS at your site, please Contact Us for a Protocol and Expression of Interest form, and we will advise on the following steps.

Healthcare practitioners:

If your clinical setting is listed as a site below, and you would like to be involved with PLORAS:

  • Contact Us and we will give you the contact details of your site's Principal Investigator for PLORAS.
  • They can then advise you regarding how the recruitment is taking place at your site.
  • If your patients are interested in being involved in PLORAS, you can signpost them to the PLORAS website for information, and then flag the patients to your local CRN Practitioner. 

If your clinical setting is not listed as a site, and you would like to be involved with PLORAS:

  • Speak to your CRN Practitioner (ask locally to find out who this).
  • If they would like to proceed, they will need to complete an Expression of Interest form (we can provide this) and return it to us (see also above under 'Is PLORAS open to new CRN sites?').

PLORAS recruitment sites

Click on the Local Clinical Research Network names for a list of sites which are either currently set up, or are in the process of setting up as PLORAS recruitment sites

(Sites who have expressed interest but who are currently on hold are not listed here).

1. North East and North Cumbria
  • North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (Cumberland Infirmary)
  • North Tees and Hartepool NHS Foundation Trust (University Hospital of North Tees)
2. Yorkshire and Humber
  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Doncaster Royal Infirmary)
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Hallamshire Hospital)
3. North West Coast
  • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
4. Greater Manchester
  • Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust (Stepping Hill Hospital)
5. East Midlands
No current sites.
6. West Midlands
  • The Dudley Group NHS Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
7. Eastern
No current sites.
8. West of England
  • Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust (Southmead Hospital)
9. Thames Valley and South Midlands
  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (The Royal Berkshire Hospital)
10. North Thames
  • Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Barts Health NHS Trust (Royal London Hospital, Whipps Cross Hospital and Newham Hospital)
  • Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (Basildon Hospital)
  • Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Homerton University Hospital)
  • North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals)
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
11. South London
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust (Croydon University Hospital)
  • Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust (Epsom General Hospital and St Helier Hospital)
  • Guy’s & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Princess Royal University Hospital and Denmark Hill)
  • Lewisham & Greenwich Hospital NHS Trust (Lewisham University Hospital)
  • St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
12. North West London
No current sites.
13. Kent, Surrey and Sussex
  • Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust (Darent Valley Hospital
  • Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Medway Community Healthcare
14. Wessex
  • University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (Poole Hospital, Royal Bournemouth County Hospital)
15. South West Peninsula
  • Livewell South West (Mount Gould Hospital)
  • Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (Derriford Hospital)
  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (Williton Community Hospital, South Petherton Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital)