Research 

We have recently signed up to be a research practice. All NHS organisations are expected to participate and support health and care research. Conducting high quality clinical research helps us to keep improving NHS care by finding out which treatments work best.

You may be contacted from time to time about taking part in a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) study. If you are asked about taking part in NIHR research, someone in the care team looking after you will look at your health records to see whether you are eligible to take part before asking you whether you are interested or sending you a letter on behalf of the researcher. You are free to choose whether or not to take part in any research study you are approached about. 

For more details about how your information may be used in research please click here.  

For more information on the NIHR please click here.

Upcoming Studies and Other Research Related Information

Managing changes in the general practice workforce

Please watch this video which explains how the workforce in Primary Care is changing. It has been produced by a research study by University of Manchester which is looking at how primary care is developing how it provides services. 

The study found that:

  • A lot of background work is needed to make sure that practices are able to appropriately distribute the limitless variety and unpredictability of problems brought by patients. Processes need to be in place to ensure that each type of problem is allocated to a practitioner whose skills allow them to deal with it. In addition, practitioners need to have access to ad hoc advice and support from more experienced colleagues when unable to fully resolve the problem/s.  
  • The processes of sorting and matching, as well as in-built flexibility to access support and advice are not always clear to patients, particularly when their team is changing rapidly and they have limited information about what newer practitioners can do. Based on the findings, the study team has prepared a short video that spells out how the general workforce is changing, explains the principles of ‘getting the right patient to the right practitioner’ through matching their problem with a practitioner’s skills or competencies, but also recognises the importance of immediate access to advice and support.

 

ATTACK

ATTACK is a research study to find out whether people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) should take daily low-dose aspirin to reduce the risk of a first heart attack or stroke. We will contact eligible patients to see if they would be interested in participating over the next few months

ATTACK Patient Information