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NHS Research

Research is taking place all the time in the NHS.



  • helps us to identify and provide the best possible care for you, your family and community
  • looks at ways to help prevent illness and helps us to improve treatments and services, making sure they are safe and effective
  • can increase our knowledge about illnesses and help us to find out what it is like for you to live with the condition
  • helps us to find out what you and others think about the services you receive

How can you help?

There are different ways that patients can become involved in studies once our Practice has decided to participate;

  • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about the study and ask whether you would consider taking part or
  • You will be sent information through the post if we feel that you might be a suitable participant
  • You may read information on the website about a current study and wish to take part by contacting the practice

Patients who express an interest in finding out more about a study will be asked for their permission to share their name and contact details with the study team.  Some studies require direct contact between participants and the team, others involve contact through a member of practice staff or with a PCRN research nurse.

  • Participation in research is entirely voluntary and you have the right to say 'No'. Nobody will put pressure on you to take part in research if you do not wish to.  You do not have to give us a reason if you decide not to take part
  • Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decide not to take part in research study
  • You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve.  The practice will usually provide you with a patient information sheet then, if you agree to take part, the study team will explain the study to you in more detail and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about it
  • Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent.  If you do agree to take part in a study you will be asked to sign a consent form - this will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research
  • You will not be asked to take part in a large number of studies.  Most researchers are very specific abou the criteria that people need to meet in order to enter their study.  Usually this means that only a relatively small number of patients at the practice will be suitable for any one study.

For more information on your role in NHS Reseach click on the following link -  Your Role in NHS Research

Research Projects currently taking place at the Surgery

  • BARACK D - Benefits of Aldosterone Receptor Antagonism in Chronic Kidney Disease

  • CORDIA - Coronary Heart Disease Risk in Type 2 Diabetes

  • ELIOT - Inhaler trials for Asthma patients 

  • HEAT - Helicobacter Eradication Aspirin Trial
  • IMPERIUM - Individualised Treatment Approach for Older Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
  • SUSTAIN - Diabetes patients Migrating to Triple Therapy

The Norfolk & Suffolk Primary & Community Care Research Office provides research management, guidance and support - for more information click here

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