Research plays a vital role in helping Doctors provide patients with the most effective treatment. Clinical research drives forward understanding of how we can help patients live healthier longer lives.

The NHS is committed to ensuring that all patients have access to the most up to date and effective treatment options. As part of this, many research institutes (Universities) and sometimes commercial drug companies recruit primary care patients into trials to provide valuable health information (data) that can be used to help advance effective treatments for conditions or improve patient experiences of disease and illness.

Most of the studies we undertake are academic studies hosted by universities. For these we are funded by the National Institute for Clinical research ( From time to time we undertake commercial research with pharmaceutical companies with associated funding from them–you will be fully informed if this is the case.

Participating in research is voluntary and can only be done with your consent. You have the right to withdraw from a trial at any point. You can be completely reassured that this will not affect your ongoing routine care at our practice.

How do I get involved with research studies ?

There are several ways that you can get involved with research :

  1. You may be asked during a consulation with a doctor or nurse if you would like to be recruited into a study, if you fit a particular studies requirements.
  2. You may be written to to invite you to participate if you fit a particular study requirement. 
  3. You can approach us if you have seen a study on the website or in our waiting rooms and you think you may be suitable.

Medical research and your data

We follow GDPR and all research using patient data must follow UK laws and rules. Universities and other NHS organisations such as ours may use patient data to do research which is important to answer important clinical questions in medicine which improve patient care. This cannot be done in many cases without using patient data but it is vital that your records are confidential and GDPR is adhered to.

From time to time, some studies use ‘informatics tools’ to extract data required for patients enrolled or suitable to be in enrolled in studies. Patient identifiable data will NEVER leave the practice without your explicit consent. Sometimes, informatics tools will extract what we call ‘pseudoanonymised’ data from the practice. This means that before it leaves the practice, all patient identifiers (ie name, DOB, address or NHS number) are removed so it cannot be identified to a particular patient.

You can opt out of your date being used for this purpose here

Organisations we are currently involved in are :

CPRD is a government organisation that provides anonymised patient data for research to improve patient and public health. You cannot be identified from the information sent to CPRD. 

Optimum patient care 



Current Research Studies

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be more severe in older people, and people with underlying health conditions. At the moment, there are no specific treatments that we know definitely work against COVID-19.

We urgently need research to find medicines that help people get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital.

Anyone presenting with COVID-19 symptoms,  or has had a positive SAR-COV-2 test, in the last 14 days may be eligible to join the PRINCIPLE if they are over 65; or over 50 with a listed preexisting condition.

Help find a vaccine for Covid-19

Click here to register to help find a vaccine for covid-19

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This study is looking at how effective an internet intervention is for adults with lower back pain. Your GP should mention this study during your consultation but if not, do ask them to assess if you are suitable. 

Past Research Studies

Are you female, over 18 and suffering recurrent UTIs ? If you have had 2 UTIs in the past 6 months, or 3 in the last year you could help us with this trial. Patients are given either D-mannose or placebo to see if it reduces frequency of UTI.

Contact the research team (see above) for further details