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Boroughbury Medical Centre is research active and supporting clinical research studies in Primary Care on behalf of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), which is funded by the department of Health.  The NIHR is the research of the NHS. Research is used  to find the causes of diseases, to find better treatments and services to improve patient care. Our research activity is funded by the Clinical Research Network (CRN), so it does not come out of the practice’s own budget and therefore does not affect our patients’ services.


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, including those 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 Boroughbury 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 via text message, email or 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 Research Nurse
All clinical research carried out at Boroughbury Medical Centre  is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees thus ensuring it is appropriate and safe to perform.
Your participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw 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.

Please click here for more information on how to take part.


There is also information about research for patients on patients on the NHS Choices website. 



We run research studies covering a wide range of conditions from skin disorders to diabetes.


If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the past 2 years and would like to know more please ask for Fay or Hannah.

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