Primary Care Research Network
The surgery is an active participant in research organised by the Primary Care Research Network, a division of the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). As a designated Level 1 Practice, we engage in several studies throughout the year to help improve our knowledge for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of illness and disease in primary care.

Current research topics include:

  • Investigation of non-NHS support services for individuals with mental health issues

You may be asked by us whether you would be interested in becoming involved in a study. Your participation is entirely voluntary. If you decline, it will not in any way affect your treatment from the practice. If you decide to join, you may leave the study at any time without explanation.

All the research that the practice is involved with has been approved by a NHS Research Ethics Committee. The surgery is not paid or employed by drug companies to take part in studies.


The surgery, along with hundreds of other practices around the country, also contributes anonymised patient data to a variety of health databases to aid research into disease and drug safety. In particular, data is used by the newly formed Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), a joint venture between the NIHR and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), for research into disease, drug safety and public health.

We would like stress that you cannot be identified as all details pertaining to you (name, address, postcode, full date of birth) are removed before the data is sent. If, however, you would like to opt out of the data collection, please let us know. As with the research studies above, it will not in any way affect your care.