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Primary Care

Clinical research in Primary care is improving treatment and services for all people in the North East and North Cumbria

The role of the Specialty is to ensure that the high quality research that can be delivered in a primary care setting is open to all patients who are suitable and able to take part. Getting involved in research leads to better better care options and contributes to the evidence that leads to improved future care and services, all within the setting of your local GP. The Specialty not only delivers a significant portfolio of primary care research but also provides a platform to support recruitment to the other 29 Specialty Groups within our Clinical Research Network.

What does the clinical research do?

We are working with researchers and primary care practitioners across the North East and North Cumbria, including GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists and dentists to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS. We support a wide range of research including studies 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

Where there are considerable overlaps with other specialty areas, for example diabetes, mental health and cardiovascular disease, we work closely with our colleagues from across the Network to deliver high quality research in a primary care setting. This research leads to better care, treatment and services for people in our region and across the country.

What the Primary Care Specialty Group can offer:

    Explaining the needs of studies, so that practices feel confident about benefit to their patients.

    Providing hands-on support to contact patients and to obtain patient consent

    Helping practices access resources to cover staff time and involvement in research to ensure smooth delivery of the studies

    Helping practices access free Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training developed for primary care to ensure that patient’s interests are protected at all times.

We work in collaborative partnership with North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS) to ensure that all GP surgeries across the region have access to national high quality research relevant to their patients. The Primary Care Specialty Group is led by Scott Wilkes, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Sunderland.

Where can I find out more about the clinical trials?

Patients are at the centre of our work. As a patient, carer or as a member of the public you can get involved by taking part in research, or by helping to shape research. If you would like to take part in primary care research, please ask your doctor or nurse if there are any research opportunities that are appropriate for you.

Shortly we will be adding all the sudies available to you in the North East and North Cumbria. You can register your interest with us by completing the ‘Get Involved’ form. To find out more about current primary care studies nationally you can view a list on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio Database.

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway provides easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK and gives access to a large range of information about these trials.

Meet the Team

Professor Scott Wiles

Professor Scott Wilkes

Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Sunderland. http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/research/researchstaff/facultyofappliedsciences/pharmhealthw-bd/professorscottwilkes// Scott also works as a GP Principal in Amble, Northumberland.


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