Royal Primary Care is proud to deliver clinical research through our dedicated Research unit who have over 20 years of experience in running clinical trials and academic research. Whilst the research team are based at our Ashgate surgery, any patient registered to Royal Primary Care can take part in our clinical trials and academic research studies.

We are delighted that we are one of the Leading Centres of Research within Primary Care in the East Midlands. We have a great working relationship with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) who we have gained a Level 4 NIHR accreditation from and continue to be the only research unit in Derbyshire with this level of accreditation.

So why is research so important?

The NHS says "Research is vital in providing the evidence we need to transform services and improve outcomes, such as in developing new models of care, redesigning urgent and emergency care, strengthening primary care and transforming mental health and cancer services."

As patient of RPC, you have the exciting opportunity to take part in clinical research and help influence the health and wellbeing of future generations.

How can you get involved with research?

There are several ways that you can get involved with research:

  • Simply filling in questionnaires: you may be invited by SMS to take part in a survey
  • Participating in clinical trials: If you fit within the trial criteria, our research team may contact you to invite you personally to take part in the trial. If there are any specific trials that we are running and you feel you would be eligible but have not been contacted, please feel free to contact our research team via email or phone 01246 554835 for more information.
  • Another helpful way is to become a patient research ambassador - someone who promotes health research from a patient point of view. They could be a patient, service user or carer who is enthusiastic about health research and is willing to communicate that to other patients, the public, as well as other healthcare professionals. Many patients, carers, and members of the public are already doing excellent work in the healthcare research community. If this is something that interests you, click here for more information.

Below is a list of current clinical trials that the Royal Primary Care research team are taking part in: