We are a research practice and have been taking part in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) since 2013. The NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and is the research arm of the NHS. We are part of the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Eastern to provide data for patients from a primary care perspective. The research is used to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases and improve patient care– in other words to try and find better ways of looking after patients and keeping people healthy.
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.
A key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research is Good Clinical Practice for research (GCP) training. GCP is the guideline and standard to which all NHS research is conducted.
Our Clinical Practice study team are: Dr Mini Nelson and Sister Caroline Dear
Our Clinical Research Co-ordinator is: Helen Mingaye
You may be asked from time to time by a member of our clinical team whether you would be interested in participating in a study or trial, if we feel that you might be a suitable participant you will be sent information through the post. You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.
The studies that we are currently involved with are:
CANDID Colorectal & Lung - This study is to establish which of the symptoms and examination findings are most effective in predicting Colorectal & Lung cancer. Patients are recruited on the study when they consult their GP with certain symptoms that could be associated with these cancers.
Norfolk Diabetes Prevention Study (NDPS) - This is a long-term study assessing the risks of developing diabetes. Patients are recruited if they fit in to certain risk factory groups.
TWICS - This is a respiratory study looking at the effects certain medications have on COPD.
By visiting the National Institute for Health Research website you will find more information about research in primary care.
There is also more information about research for patients on the NHS Choices website.
We are very grateful to any of our patients that have taken part in these studies in the past and would encourage patients to become involved in the future.