GP Research

Supporting Research in Primary Care

Park & St Francis Surgery actively supports clinical research studies within primary care and is 'Research Ready' Accredited.

The NHS Constitution states that Research is a core function of the NHS. Clinical Research is a major driver of innovation and central to NHS practice for maintaining and developing high standards of patient care.

Ultimately, clinical research means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines. Investment in research means better, more cost effective care for patients.


National Institute for Health Research

In 2006 the Department of Health set up The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve the health and wealth of the nation through Research.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) was introduced to provide the infrastructure to the NHS to allow high quality research to be set up and delivered efficiently and effectively.

Park & St Francis Surgery  is part of a network of local practices participating in research activities under the banner of CRN Wessex.

Details regarding the NIHR Clinical Research Network


What is Primary Care Research?

The CRN Primary Care speciality works in collaboration with researchers and primary care practitioners such as GP’s, practice nurses, pharmacists and dentists to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS.  A wide range of research studies are supported which look at:

  • Promoting a healthier lifestyle

  • Disease diagnosis and prevention

  • Management of long-term illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension

  • Prevention of future ill-health

  • Treating common conditions such as tonsillitis or influenza               


What are the Benefits of GP practices taking part in Research?

  • It offers patients access to new treatments
  • It brings new dimension to practice and added skills to those involved
  • It provides national gold standard training for research
  • It offers mentorship and support to those involved in research within practice


How can you help and take part at Park & St Francis Surgery?

There are many various ways a patient can become involved in studies at Park & St Francis Surgery:

  • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
  • You may be sent information through the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant
  • You may read information about a current study in the patient waiting room or on the surgery website and wish to take part by contacting your GP or the Research Nurse
  • Please note: the funding for our research activity is via the CRN so does not come out of the practice's own budget and therefore does not affect our patients' services however income generated from the studies we undertake is invested back into the practice.

All clinical research carried out at Park & St Francis Surgery is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees thus ensuring it is appropriate and safe to perform

Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.

You are under no obligation to participate in any research project.

Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decided not to take part in a research study

You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain further details about a study.



For GDPR purposes contacting patients registered with us to invite them to take part in research comes within public interests and meets the additional requirements of public interest for access to special category data as long as the studies have HRA approval (Health research Authority). HRA Information Leaflet.

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 study. Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent.


Research Training

Good Clinical Practice for Research in Primary Care

A key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of Clinical Research is Good Clinical Practice for Research (GCP) training.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is the international guideline and standard to which all NHS research is conducted.


Why do you need GCP training?

Everyone involved in the conduct of clinical research must have the necessary training and education in order to ensure they are competent to carry out their duties and responsibilities.

This is a requirement of the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care 2005. This policy covers all research within the NHS in England, and in law for those people working on clinical trials

The Principles of CGP states that: "Each individual involved in conducting a trial should be qualified by education, training, and experience to perform his or her respective task(s)" (2.8,E6 Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice)


GCP Trained Staff at Park & St Francis Surgery

All Clinical staff are GCP training

Dr Mark Rickenbach (GP Research Lead)

Nurse Amy Glanville (Research Nurse)

Natasha Campbell (Research Administrator)


We are very grateful to any of our patients that take part in these studies and would encourage patients to become involved in the future!


Comprehensive information about research for patients and the public can be found by accessing the links below:

The National Institute for Health Research: Clinical Research Network

National institute for Health and Research: CRN: Primary Care specialty

Get in touch with INVOLVE, a national group supporting public involvement in research

People in Research. This site has a searchable database of involvement opportunities

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