Supporting Research in Primary Care

We are a research practice and take part in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and is the research arm of the NHS. We are part of the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Yorkshire &v Humber and provide data for patients from a primary care perspective. The research is used to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases and improve patient care– in other words to try and find better ways of looking after patients and keeping people healthy.

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.

A key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research is Good Clinical Practice for research (GCP) training. GCP is the guideline and standard to which all NHS research is conducted.

The Affinity Care Practices are part of a network of local practices participating in research activities. The practices in the Alliance are:

  • Executive Lead for Affinity Care Dr Sara Humphrey
  • Westcliffe Medical Practice – Research Lead – Dr R Dawson
  • Thornton and Denholme – Research Lead – Dr R Stockwell
  • Shipley Medical Practice – Research Lead – Dr J Hayward
  • Cowgill Medical Practice – Research Lead – Dr W Tahir
  • The Willows Medical Practice – Research Lead – Dr R Pountney
  • North Street Surgery Research Lead – Dr Sara Humphrey
  • Sunnybank Medical Centre Research Lead – Dr R Holbrough
  • Haigh Hall Medical Centre Research Lead – Dr C McCormack

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

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 alliance are involved in include:

  • Join Dementia Research
  • The Care (75) Study

By visiting the National Institute for Health Research website you will find more information about research in primary care.

There is also more information about research for patients on the NHS website:

We are very grateful to any of our patients that have taken part in these studies in the past and would encourage patients to become involved in the future.

“I Am Research” gives patients, the public and health and social care research professionals a chance to shout about how fantastic research is. We aim to raise awareness of the benefits of research and the positive impact it has on people’s lives. For more information please visit: