Clinical Research

GP Research

We actively support clinical research studies within primary care.

The NHS Constitution states that Research is a core function of the NHS. Clinical Research is a major driver of innovation and helps to maintain and develop high standards of patient care. Ultimately, clinical research means that our patients can get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines. Practice and patient 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.

The Oaks Medical Centre participates in research activities under the banner of CRN Nottingham/East Midlands. To find out more about the work of the NIHR Clinical Research Network go to their website


What is Primary Care Research?

The CRN Primary Care speciality works in collaboration with researchers and primary care practitioners such as GPs', 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

How can you help and take part?

There are various ways that you can become involved in studies at The Oaks Medical Centre.

  • 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 or via text message or email 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

All clinical research carried out at our 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 Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.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 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. 

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.

We supported the Alpha-Stim-D Trial and the findings have now been released. Click here for the findings report. 

We supported the Psychological Impact of Covid study and some of the findings so far are explained in this video.

The Oaks Medical Centre has participated in research on the following areas of study: 

  • Barret's Oesophagus 
  • Diabetes 
  • Gout 
  • Catheter care 
  • COVID-19 & COVID Vaccines 
  • Blood Pressure 
  • Asthma 
  • Loneliness 
  • Depression
  • Frailty
  • Prescribing 
  • Respiratory infections 
  • Congenital dysplasia of the hip
  • Condom use 
  • Domestic Violence 


For further information go to:

National Institute for Health Research

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