We work as part of the National Institute for Health and Research which is an NHS body and have been actively recruiting for academic, non-commercial, and commercial studies for over ten years.
The studies we take part in are ethically approved and help to improve treatments, management and understanding of many medical conditions. Some of these studies enable licences for new therapies to be approved and get drugs to market for certain patient groups.
We endeavour to provide access to research for all our patients and to improve health care as a result. Being invited to take part in a study can come in many ways, perhaps directly from your GP or via a newspaper or social media advert or from a poster displayed in the surgery. Participation helps expand medical knowledge, understanding and therapies for medical conditions. Our team are fully trained in GCP (Good Clinical Practice guidance) with patient safety being at the heart of what we do.
Our research team also works closely with neighbouring practices to spread research accessibility across our Primary Care Networks.
We are also an RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre, we contribute to pseudo anonymised data for national research and surveillance. This data enables continuous monitoring of infections and disease in the community and is the main source of information for Public Health England and helps
in the planning for the management of flu outbreaks and pandemics.
We are taking part in the PRINCIPLE trial linked to the COVID-19 outbreak. This study utilises both our RCGP activity and NIHR involvement.