GP Research

Supporting Research in Primary Care

Research is essential in working out which treatments work better for patients and The Scott Practice actively supports clinical research studies within primary care, led by Dr Slattery.

The NHS Constitution states that Research is a core function of the NHS. 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.

In 2006, the Department of Health set up the National Institute for Health Research to create a world-class health system within the NHS, and the Clinical Research Network is part of this wider organisation. The Scott Practice is part of a network of local practices participating in research activities under the CRN. The other practices in our cluster are:

The Burns Practice - Research Lead - Dr K Rowell

Conisbrough Group Practice - Research Lead - Dr M Boon

Bentley Surgery - Research Lead - Dr K Forshaw

St Johns Practice - research Lead - Dr E Pamphilon

Scawthorpe Practice - research lead - Dr l Marshall

Sandringham Practice - research lead - Dr Hassan

To find out more about the work of the NIHR Clinical Research Network go to

What is Primary Care Research?

The CRN Primary Care speciality works in collaboration 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-health
  • Treating 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?

There are many various ways a patient can become involved in studies:

  • 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
  • Please note: 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

All clinical research carried out 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.

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.

Current research studies the cluster are involved in include:

ATTACK (Aspirin to target arterial events in chronic kidney disease)

ReSPECT - looking at the use of ReSPECT forms

REDUCE - reducing the use of anti-depressants

COVID-19 PRINCIPLE TRIAL - Find out more here

If you have any queries about research at the practice please contact



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