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Catherine Arundel
Research Fellow (Trial Manager)



Catherine has been a Trial Manager at York Trials Unit since 2019. She has an interest in wound care and is currently a co-investigator on the SWHSI-2, VenUS 6 and REDUCE trials looking at treatments for open wounds, venous leg ulcers and prevention of diabetic foot ulceration respectively.

Catherine also has an interest in methods of recruitment and retention for trials. Through this, she is a member of the Trial Forge SWAT Centre and leads the Trial Forge SWAT Network.

Previous to this Catherine worked within YTU as a trial coordinator, trial support officer and research secretary to provide support to a variety of musculoskeletal and mental health research.

Catherine is also keen to share knowledge and experience of trial design and management and has developed and leads the Randomised Controlled Trials Postgraduate module.


  • BA in Linguistics and Phonetics
  • MSc in Health Services Research

Departmental roles

  • Member of the Studies within a Trial (SWAT) Working Group
  • Module Leader of the Randomised Controlled Trials Postgraduate module



Catherine's research interests include wound care and methodological research including participant recruitment and retention and research conduct through studies within trials (SWATs).


  • DISC - Dupuytren's Interventions: Surgery vs Collagenase
  • PROFHER 2 - PROximal Fracture of the Humerus: Evaluation by Randomisation Trial no. 2 (PROFHER-2 Trial)
  • REDUCE - A pilot study of the effectiveness of an intervention to prevent diabetic foot ulcer recurrence
  • SWATs - Studies within a Trial, e.g PROMETHEUS
  • SWHSI 2 - A pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial of negative pressure wound therapy for open surgical wounds
  • VENUS 6 - A three-arm randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of compression wraps versus evidence based compression versus two layer bandaging for venous leg ulcers.

Previous projects

  • HERO - Hydroxychloroquine Effectiveness in Reducing symptoms of hand Osteoarthritis
  • OCTET- Obsessive Compulsive Treatment Efficiency Trial
  • PROMOTE - A pragmatic, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of methotrexate to treat painful knee osteoarthritis
  • SCIMITAR+ - Smoking cessation for people with severe mental illness
  • SWHSI - Open Surgical Wounds

Research group(s)


  • MSc Dissertation Supervison
  • Catherine is able to supervise Masters projects (primary research and systematic review). Specific areas of interest include wound care and methodological research (e.g. recruitment and retention of participants in research, research conduct).


Full publications list



External activities


Externally, Catherine is involved in the following:

  • Co-Lead for the Trial Methodology Research Partnership Trial Conduct Work Group
  • External Examiner for the MSc in Clinical Trials at University College Cork

Catherine Arundel

Contact details

Catherine Arundel
Research Fellow (Trial Manager)

Tel: 01904 32(1116)