Research

As a practice team we see the benefits of supporting health care research as ultimately this work seeks to improve the care received and outcomes for our patients.

 
We support research a number of studies run by Nottingham University Hospitals and the National Institute for Health Research.  All the studies in which we participate have received ethical approval, ensuring that the interests of patients involved in the studies are protected at all times.
 
 
Some studies are promoted in the practice and on the website for patients to self volunteer to be involved in. whereas for other studies we may from time to time either approach you during a consultation or write directly to you. Don’t worry, the choice is entirely yours as to whether you want to be involved or not – refusing will not affect the care you receive from us.
 
 
We are currently looking to participate in (or are already involved in) the following studies

 

Researchers from a collaboration group would like to invite you to take part in a short questionnaire exploring the psychological impact of the coronavirus, its effect on our emotions, behaviour and wellbeing. This is the second phase of recruitment. If you took part in the first phase of the study, you are still able to take part in this second phase, conversely if you did not take part in first phase; you are still able to take part in this second phase

The aim of this survey is to better understand how the coronavirus pandemic and resultant restrictions/lockdown are affecting our day to day lifestyle. We hope to find out what is helpful for people during this time and also what may be causing some people to be affected more than others in terms of their wellbeing.

Anyone over the age of 16 with access to be able to complete this online questionnaire can take part.

It is up to you to decide whether to take part or not. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time, without giving a reason and without consequence. This survey is completely voluntary and you can stop completing it at any time. You also do not have to answer any questions you don’t want to, you can just skip them. Want to find out more? Just click on this link:

https://southernhealthnhs.fra1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8H6lIPRGKm4kp93

Volunteers are needed for a study that has been developed by the University of Leicester and NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) to understand why some people develop more severe COVID-19 than others – particularly those from black and minority ethnic communities. The EXCEED study will also investigate the impact of the pandemic on long-term health conditions.

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete short questionnaires about your health. In future, you may be asked to give saliva samples or leftover blood samples from GP or hospital visits to build a more comprehensive picture of your health from your DNA, or genetic material.

You can take part if you:

Are aged 18 or over
Live in the Midlands
Have access to the internet to complete a consent form and questionnaire
The information gathered will help scientists and doctors develop new ways to prevent or treat COVID-19 and long-term conditions during and after the pandemic. Minority ethnic and migrant communities have had higher rates of COVID-19 hospital admissions. To understand why this is happening we especially encourage volunteers to join us from these communities.

More information and to register to be part of EXCEED: www.exceed.org.uk

Burnout is a pressing concern given the covid pandemic.

There is some evidence that burnout and spiritual health could be overlapping concepts. Previous studies on this topic have been outside the UK, and therefore within a different culture surrounding both burnout and spiritual health, of variable quality, and using heterogeneous measures of both burnout and spiritual health.

This project aims to explore current burnout levels among GPs in the UK, using the ‘gold standard’ measure of the Maslach Burnout Inventory, as well as measuring GP’s spiritual health using a validated tool that can be used by those of all religions and none, via a national survey. In this way, we will have a picture of current burnout, and spiritual health, in the midst of the covid pandemic, and be able to explore any link between the two. This could help develop further interventions or policies to help improve GP health and mitigate against burnout.

The overall purpose of this study is to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of allopurinol based treat-to-target (T2T) urate lowering treatment (ULT) in people with recurrent gout flares compared to usual GP care.

The purpose of this study is to establish a cohort of asthmatic patients who have exacerbated during the last year, in order for us to phenotype and thus characterize the nature of their asthma at the point of an exacerbation.

Once subjects have been recruited to the study, they will be extensively phenotyped at baseline including spirometry, FeNO and induced sputum.

At the point of a perceived exacerbation participants will contact a dedicated study telephone number and will be invited to the Nottingham Asthma Center to undergo assessment into the aetiology of their exacerbation.

Treatment for a suspected exacerbation will be provided in the form of a prescription of prednisolone if clinically indicated. Patients will be followed up 7 days after to assess for resolution of their symptoms.

Patients will be in the study for 3 years and will have annual visits to assess their asthma.

Data on reliever medication use leading up to an exacerbation will be collected from those participants who use the devices. This will be analysed retrospectively to investigate the utility of this data, in the prediction of the development of an exacerbation.

The focus of this study is to identify the knowledge and attitudes of primary healthcare providers to peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Despite a fall in the number of deaths due to circulatory diseases over ten years, these diseases remain the commonest cause of death in England and Wales. There is increasing recognition that PAD is an independent risk factor for both myocardial infarction and stroke. Recognising and treating PAD reduces this risk. PAD is a term used to describe the impairment of blood flow to the extremities usually as a result of atherosclerotic occlusive disease. As healthcare practitioners in primary care are often the first professionals a patient has contact with, knowledge and recognition of PAD gives opportunity for secondary prevention to be implemented.

This study aims to identify the current level of knowledge and the attitudes of primary care practitioners towards PAD through mixed methods questionnaire and interview study. In addition, the study aims to explore components important to primary care practitioners regarding receiving educational material through the same methods. The research will contribute to the development of an educational intervention to improve knowledge and recognition of PAD within primary care.

Have you been in hospital with COVID-19?

The REGAIN study aims to find out which of two treatments is better for helping people recover after being in hospital with COVID-19:


– An on-line rehabilitation exercise and recovery support group OR
– A single on-line session of exercise advice and support

Are you still suffering with your breathing, sleeping, tiredness, shoulder or back pain, memory or concentration, or any other symptoms

You could help contribute to develop better care for people after COVID-19 by joining the REGAIN study

If you are interested in taking part, please click this link to find out more www.warwick.ac.uk/regain

We are part of the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Ready programme and have staff who are trained in Good Clinical Practice in research.