In an article published in the Diabetes & Primary Care journal, Dr Phil Evans (NIHR CRN National Specialty Lead for Primary Care), and Lisa Gibbons, (Clinical Research Specialist Lead for Primary Care), discuss the work of the NIHR CRN and describe how general practice can get more involved.
Read the article
This page is for General Practices in the North Thames region, who are considering getting involved in Research. There are already hundreds of general practices already successfully conducting clinical research trials in their practice. Being research-active can have benefits for both the practice and patients, and there are several ways that CRN North Thames can help support you. NIHR funding and staffing assistance are available, and advice is on-hand to both get you started, and to keep things running smoothly.
Dr Thenuwara was initially apprehensive, but explains he discovered research can be conducted in very little time, and how the funding he receives pays to ring fence time and provide training. Dr Thenuwara started out in research and now acts as Primary Care Specialty Lead for CRN North Thames
Watch the video below and hear how Dr Potluri and Dr Chowdhury at Ongar health were concerned there would be a lot of work but after an analysis of resources are now successfully delivering between 2 and 4 studies at any one time, and have ambition to upscale and become active in commercial studies
The NIHR CRN North Thames can support a general practice that wants to become research active with:
Other benefits to participating in a research trial might include the provision of specialist equipment to support particular trials. You may be able to receive some of these benefits by simply referring patients in your area to studies being run in other practices.
Meet Stan who has been involved in a number of research studies at Ongar Health and now volunteers regularly at the centre to help recruit other patients into research studies
Simply contact our Primary Care team at CRN North Thames E: primarycare.crnnorththames@