We are actively supporting clinical research studies within primary care.

The NHS Constitution states that Research is a core function of the NHS. Clinical Research is a major driver of innovation and central to NHS practice for maintaining and developing high standards of patient care. Ultimately, clinical research means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines. Investment in research means better, more cost effective care for patients.

Alchester Medical Group has linked up with the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). CPRD is a Government organisation that provides anonymised patient data for research to improve patient and public health. Identifiable data flows to NHS Digital but you cannot be identified from the information sent to CPRD.

Taking part in research

If you meet the entry criteria for a particular research study that we are running at this practice, your doctor or nurse may discuss this with you. Alternatively, we may send you information through the post if we think you might be suitable for a new study.

If you are interested in finding out more about that study, we will ask for your permission to pass your name and contact details on to the relevant study team.  For some studies, you might be asked to return a reply slip direct to the study team.  The research team will then make contact with you directly to tell you more about the study and what it involves.

Things you may want to know

  • Participation in research is entirely voluntary and you have the right to say ‘No’.  Nobody will put pressure on you to take part in research if you do not wish to.  You do not have to give us a reason if you decide not to take part.
  • Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decide not to take part in a research study.
  • You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve.  The practice will usually provide you with a patient information sheet; then, if you agree to take part, the study team will explain the study to you in more detail and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about it.
  • Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent.  If you do agree to take part in a study, you will be asked to sign a consent form – this will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research.
  • You will not be asked to take part in a large number of studies.  Most researchers are very specific about the criteria that people need to meet in order to enter their study.  Usually this means that only a relatively small number of patients at the practice will be suitable for any one study.

What if you don't want to take part in any research studies?

We recognise that some people may not want to receive information about research studies by post or text message. If you do not want to be contacted about research studies that we may run at the practice in the future, please let us know - fill in our Type 1 opt-out form here. If you change your mind at a later date, you can still opt back in at any time (fill in the form and select the appropriate option.)

You can also opt out of participating in any research studies visit the NHS Your Data Matters website to set your preferences.

Where can I read more about CPRD?

You can visit the CPRD website here.

Further reading

Read our Practice Privacy Notice here and the Appendix to the Privacy Notice here.