Anyone registered with this practice could help shape the future of health care by helping with research projects that you may be invited to participate in. You may be approached by a member of this practice to participate in a research project.

Please consider any patient information leaflets you may receive about the research carefully. This information may be sent to you or given to you by your nurse or doctor or other health professional.

Taking part in a research project can vary greatly and might involve completing a questionnaire, agreeing to an interview with a researcher or taking part in a clinical trial. There are many different types of research from observational surveys to clinical trials involving new and novel medications. These are often comparing best-known standard therapies with newer therapies to see if they are more effective or cause fewer side effects. People use research to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases. Research is particularly important in Primary care as we can see the importance and effects of different treatments in a real setting, not the artificial setting of hospitals or in–patient research units.

We are particularly interested in important conditions affecting patients in Primary Care (General Practice). The research areas are very varied depending on what is new, has great potential or areas where research is especially needed.

We are now a training practice and there may be occasions when you will be asked if you would see medical students prior to your appointment with a GP.