The practice is committed to the ongoing development of clinical excellence by supporting safe, ethical medical research.
We carefully select peer-reviewed studies and ensure that any patient gives their fully informed consent to take part.
The practice team are delighted that Haresfield Surgery is now a research active practice linked to the Clinical Research Network (CRN). This means that as a practice we get involved in CRN portfolio research projects. All of these projects have ethical approval and all are supported by high level funding, e.g. from the National Institute for Health Research, the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Foundation, or major charity funders such as Diabetes UK.
We work in close collaboration with the CRN team of GPs, research nurses and facilitators based in the Medical School at the University of Warwick. If a patient is eligible to take part in a CRN research study running in our practice, a GP or other healthcare professional will provide written information. Taking part in a research study is voluntary and can be beneficial to patients who participate in them. Studies vary as to what is involved. Sometimes the study may involve filling in a questionnaire or it may involve a research nurse gathering data and, where needed, taking clinical measurements such as blood pressure or a blood test.
Examples of CRN projects include:
Investigations into the causes and outcomes of respiratory infections
The management of heart failure
Interventions designed to increase physical activity
Finding out whether low dose aspirin helps people with Type 2 diabetes
Trialling techniques to help people stop smoking
Investigating the use of self-monitoring of blood pressure
It is essential that such research occurs in general practice as this is where the majority of NHS clinical encounters occur. The current move is towards increasing involvement of general practices in research and we are delighted to be working so closely with the Clinical Research Network team to improve patient care and outcomes.
Our GP Research Lead within the practice is Dr Alison Woof
If you have any questions about our research then please ask contact Meryl Bannister, Practice Manager.
If you would like to know more about CRN, visit www.warwick.ac.uk/go/pcresearchparticipation
To find out more about our CANDID study click here