Do you know this practice is a research active site?

What does this mean for you?
This could mean that you are invited to take part in research which might happen at the practice or it could be at a local hospital.
If you agree to take part, and the choice is yours, you will be contributing to advances in treatments, interventions and understanding of diseases.
You will also be paid any expenses you experience from being involved.

Quotes from patients in this area who have been involved in research:
“Could help people in the future.”
“I thought my researcher was friendly and made me feel comfortable. I like to think I would be helping other people with depression by taking part”

Why does the practice think this is important?
It shows our commitment to good quality care and how that might be improved.
It enables the practice to have access to opportunities for patients and sometimes training for staff which otherwise we would not have and through this we are offering a better service to patients.

If you are interested in knowing more about the sorts of things we do here get in touch with Chris Mettham on 01661 842626 or email

Primary Care Research

 What is Research?

  • Research is an investigation that seeks to establish facts and reach new conclusions.
  • Clinical Research can also be called a Clinical Trial or a Clinical Study.
  • Clinical trials are research studies that involve people.
  • They test how well particular treatments work and whether they are safe.
  • Clinical trials are designed to answer the following main questions:
    1. Does a treatment work?
    2. Does it work better than other treatments?
    3. Does it have side effects?

What is Primary Care Research?

  • Primary Care Research is community based.
  • It can include research that takes place in GP Surgeries, dental practices or pharmacies.
  • Primary Care Research aims to improve care options and enable future changes to primary care and services.

 Other Types of Research

Not all clinical trials involve drugs or treatments. They could also involve:

  • Interviews
  • Questionnaires
  • Advising a research team
  • Participating as a healthy volunteer


  • Clinical trials aim to improve the health and quality of life for patients.
  • Without clinical trials there is a risk that treatments do not work or could be harmful to patients.
  • You can learn more information about your condition and how to manage it.
  • You may get access to a new drug or treatment that is only available through a trial.
  • You may get faster access or more specialised care.
  • You can help support medical science and increase our knowledge of conditions and treatments.

 Additional Information

  • All research studies are reviewed and approved before they begin.
  • Full details of a study and what this means for you will be provided if you agree to be a participant.
  • All participation is voluntary. You can withdraw from a study at any time.

More information on research can be found on the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) website

More information about research in your area can be found at the Making Research Better website and more information about Primary Care research can be found here.