Clinical Research is at the heart of the NHS and at Suffolk Primary Care we are committed to undertaking high quality clinical research and make an impact on future health and care.
All NHS organisations are expected to participate and support health and care research. Conducting high-quality clinical research helps us to keep improving NHS care by finding out which treatments work best. All the practices within Suffolk Primary Care are committed to clinical research. The dedicated Suffolk Primary Care research team may look at your health records to check whether you are suitable to take part in a research study before asking you whether you are interested or sending you a letter on behalf of the researcher. For more information about how your information may be used in research and your rights, please visit https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/
Research in the NHS helps us increase our knowledge about human health and wellbeing so we can:
Develop life changing treatments
Diagnose disease earlier and more accurately
Prevent people from developing conditions
Improve health and care for future generations
Improve the quality of life for all people
You may be approached by your GP practice about a study if you meet the eligibility criteria for the trial. We have undertaken studies for patients with a number of conditions including stroke, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as well as for indigestion and reflux. If you do receive an invitation to take part in a study the research team at Suffolk Primary Care are very happy to talk to you about the study in more detail and provide further information if you are interested in taking part.
Could you help find a way to reduce the number of people with COVID-19 having to go to hospital? Researchers have launched a first-of-its-kind study to test some new oral treatments which could help people with COVID-19 symptoms get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital. You will be able to take part in your own home.
· Have you had COVID-19 symptoms for less than 5 days?
· Have you had a positive PCR test result?
· Are you over 50 years of age, or do you have an underlying health condition and are aged between 18 and 49 years?
If you answered yes to all three questions, you could apply to join this trial and help find a new treatment to help people all over the world with COVID-19. To find out more visit the PANORAMIC study website at: https://www.panoramictrial.org/.
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19 www.principletrial.org
Be a part of COVID-19 Vaccine research
Sign up to the new NHS Covid-19 vaccine research registry – it is available for everyone to join. The registry has been developed in partnership between the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and NHS Digital.
The registry will help large numbers of people be recruited into vaccine studies and hopefully lead to an effective vaccine being identified and made available in the UK against COVID-19. For more information: https://www.nhs.uk/sign-up-to-be-contacted-for-research
Clinical research studies that Suffolk Primary Care practices are currently involved in:
TAKE PART IN A GROUND BREAKING STOP SMOKING STUDY
VAPELINE: Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit when not accompanied by intensive behaviour support? This study, run by Queen Mary University of London and supported by the National Institute for Health Research, is looking at whether face-to-face support is important when using e-cigarettes (EC) to help smokers quit. Smokers who are aged 18 years and over and who want to stop smoking can take part in the study. All SPC practices will be taking part and invited via text message and practice advertising. English speaking smokers at SPC practices can also contact the study team directly on 0207 882 8230 or email email@example.com for further information.
PRODEMOS Prevention of Dementia using Mobile phone Applications
PRODEMOS Prevention of Dementia using Mobile phone Applications is a research study run by the University of Cambridge using a smartphone app, aimed at providing evidence that making lifestyle changes could help reduce the risk of developing dementia in later life. A healthy lifestyle has been linked to a decreased risk of developing dementia and individuals can be supported to make lifestyle changes to try to reduce this risk. In this research we are inviting people who are interested in making changes to these behaviours. (eg: increasing physical activity, reducing (or ideally giving up) smoking, reducing alcohol intake, and making changes to what we eat.). This study is currently being run at Haven Health Surgery.
The Active Brains Study
The Active Brains Study run by the University of Southampton is testing an interactive programme (called ‘Active Brains’) to help people aged 60-85 with lifestyle changes and brain training activities which may help with memory and thinking skills. The aim of the study is to find out if using Active Brains is useful for people aged 60-85 to keep their brain healthy and if it can help with things like memory, thinking skills, and quality of life. This study is currently being run at Oakfield Surgery.
ATTACK Aspirin to target arterial events in Chronic Kidney Disease
is a randomised trial run by the University of Southampton to assess the effectiveness of low-dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease in adult patients with reduced kidney function who have not previously had a heart attack or stroke. The aim of the study is to determine whether the benefits of aspirin outweigh any risks in this group of patients. This study has come as a result of recommendations for research in the 2014 NICE CKD Guidelines and it is anticipated that over 25,000 people will be recruited to the study across the UK. This study is being run in all of our of Suffolk Primary Care practices in a rolling programme.
Glucose Lowering through Weight Management.
The University of Cambridge GLoW (Glucose-Lowering through Weight management) trial is aimed at people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the last three years. The GLoW trial will evaluate two programmes which support people with Type 2 Diabetes to improve their diet and physical activity to improve their health. The evidence is that people who lose weight, improve their diet and increase their physical activity reduce the risk of developing health problems associated with diabetes such as heart attack and stroke. The aim of the GLoW study is to determine which programme is the better way for the NHS to improve patient’s health. This study is now closed to recruitment and currently in follow up.
How to find out more about research:
‘Be part of research’ helps you find out about health and social care research that is taking place across the UK and provides opportunities to take part in research. https://bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk/
Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK. Research is the best way to make a difference. Registering with Join Dementia Research is the first step to getting involved in supporting research studies across the UK. Anyone over the age of 18 can sign up, including:
· People with dementia or memory problems
· Carers for people with dementia or memory problems