Medical Research

We are proud to be a research practice in association with the National Institute for Health Research 

What is research?

Research is undertaken by members of our practice team (usually our doctors, nurses and members of our wider clinical team such as our pharmacist), in partnership with our patients and sometimes the wider community

Why do we think it’s important to be part of research?

The current Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of research in improving care for patients. Research helps build a bridge between science and patient care, delivering new medicines, treatments and ways of working that improve health and wellbeing. We also value patients’ views of care, as this helps us modify, change or implement new ways of healthcare

How much research do we do as a practice?

The Oaks Medical Centre is a very research active practice. For the past two years we have been one of only a few regional Level 3 Research practices; this means each year we participate in at least 8 different research studies each year. Selected studies are always linked to our priorities as a practice, and as identified by our patients and staff. This year has heavily focussed on research to combat the Covid-19 pandemic; this has involved not only trials of new treatments, but also ways of supporting other important issues such as mental health

Who leads our practice research?

We have an experienced research team led by Dr Lucy Laurance and Charlotte Hubbard with administrative support from Sue Thorp. Dinah Noble (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) and David Sharpe (Clinical Pharmacist) have also been heavily involved in research this year! As a team we are supported by staff from the Clinical Research network (CRN) who advise and support us with our chosen studies.

Research topics we have helped investigate 

Mental Health 
Barrett's oesophagus  
Smoking cessation 
Heart & Kidney Protection 

Want to know more or get engaged?

We will contact eligible patients to ask their consideration of studies as we are notified of them. Patients should be reassured that they may opt out of research at any time should they change their mind. Your views and information gained as part of research is completely confidential and will never be shared for other purposes unless with explicit consent. 

Your views and comments are always really important. They help us to better help you and we thank all of our patients who have been so generous with their time and enthusiasm, it is very much appreciated by both our team and the study researchers.

For further information go to:

National Institute for Health Research

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