Supporting Research in Primary Care
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.
Park & St Francis Surgery actively supports clinical research studies within Primary Care and is 'Research Ready' Accredited.
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 Clinical Research Network Primary Care Team collaborates 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-healthTreating 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: we are funded to conduct research by the CRN (seperately from the NHS budget), any profit that this generates 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.
General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR
For GDPR purposes, contacting and inviting registered patients to take part in HRA approved (Health Research Authority) research is seen as in the public interest, and therefore meets the additional requirements of "public interest for access to special category data". Health Research Authority 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.
Park and St Francis surgery is one of over 260 practices in England contributing pseudonymised data for national research and surveillance. These data enable continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community and is used in ethically approved research. The RCGP research and surveillance centre is the main source of information for Public Health England (PHE) and helps with prediction and management of flu outbreaks and pandemics such as COVID-19.
Providing pseudonymised data does not affect patients, their care or privacy, however, if you no longer wish to allow your information to be used, please inform the surgery. For further information please visit the RCGP research and surveillance centre.
GDPR during the COVID-19 pandemic
Please note that under the control of patient information (COPI) directions, for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may be asked to provide further information to monitor the course of the disease, in these cases, we are not required to provide patient consent. The Health Service (COPI) regulations 2002, allow the processing of confidential patient information (CPI) for specific purposes. Regulation 3 provides for the processing of CPI in relation to communicable diseases and other threats to public health and in particular allows the Secretary of State to require organisations to process CPI for purposes related to communicable disease.
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.
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
Nurse Amy Glanville (Research Manager), Natasha Campbell (Research Administrator), Dr Samuel Glanville (Clinical Lead for Research), Dr Boon Yong, Dr Christopher Arden, Dr Jayne O'Conner, Dr Joanna Birmingham, Dr Asgar Asgarov, Dr Mark Rickenbach
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
People in Research. This site has a searchable database of involvement opportunities