This Practice is a Research Active site. As a practice team we believe this is an important aspect of the care we offer for our patients.
Delivering a well-designed clinical study can not only generate vital new knowledge, it can also have widespread benefits for patients, both now and in the future.
By investigating the cause and cause of diseases or health problems and how best to treat them we can increase our knowlege and understanding for the benifits of all our patients. At the same time we're also helping to establish "what works" and build a body of evidence that can lead to a positive change in future care. What's more, being involved in research offers an apportunity to stay up to date on the very latest treatments and interventions. So by joining the research community we are actively helping to drive up the standards of healthcare for our patients
Some studies happen at local hospitals while some happen within the practice. As a patient if you have been invited by us to take part in research you are uner no obligation to do so. Patients who have taken part speak of the opportunity to help others in the future, and sometimes benefits to themselves are extra tests which have been carried out as part of the study which they may not have access to otherwise.
Patient costs should be paid, so no one is out of pocket.
Please link through to the PRES website where you can view how participants of recent research studies across the UK felt about them and their involvement within these programmes https://sites.google.com/a/nihr.ac.uk/crn-north-east-and-north-cumbria/patient-public-involvement-and-engagement/patient-research-experience-survey-pres
This practice is also actively engaged in Quality Improvements, which means that we look at how we deliver care and ensure that we always offer the highest quality care in line with evidence based guidelines. We regularly and routinely conduct clinical audit to ensure that our stadards are being maintained.