Supporting Research in Primary Care

Northfield Medical Centre actively supports clinical research studies within primary care.
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.
What is Primary Care Research?
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 at Northfield Medical Centre?
  • 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 or the Research Nurse
    All clinical research carried out at Northfield Medical Centre are 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    Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.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.
    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.


OUTREACH is a clinical trial looking at a review of prescribed medications along with analysis of a urine sample to see how we can help patients with high blood pressure to improve their blood pressure control. No blood sampling is necessary. We will be sending out invitations to patients who may be eligible for this study in March 2022.

Join Dementia Research


Join Dementia Research is a nationwide service that helps anyone in the UK take part in vital dementia research studies.

People with dementia, their carers, and anyone interested in research can sign up themselves or on behalf of someone else.

You do not have to take part in any particular studies. It is always your choice whether or not to take part. 

For more information, please visit 



The ERICA Study


Trial Blazers Campaign



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