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St Chads Medical Practice works with the research arm of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research, to promote clinical research and offer our patients the opportunity to take part in ethically approved research studies.

Research has always been at the heart of the NHS. Through research we are able to continually improve treatments and discover the best ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses. It also helps us understand how to best focus NHS resources where they will be most effective.

As a patient, you may at times be offered the opportunity to be involved in research studies which the Practice has agreed to support. The Practice’s level of involvement may range from simply having identified a suitable group of people from our database for an external researcher, to being a site where research activity is carried out.

We are currently recruiting to the following studies:

  • DARE – A questionnaire and blood test for anyone with diabetes which contributes to a national databank

  • RAPID THYTHM – For over 65’s – have a heart trace to check if you have an irregular heartbeat.

Please contact the practice if you’d like to take part in one of the above studies.

Useful information and links

Learn more about participating in research on the National Institute for Health Research website:

Read about other people’s experiences taking part in research:

Read the latest report on our patient Involvement programme:   PES report

If you want to find out about other research studies taking place close to where you live, visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway and enter your postcode:

National campaigns include:

Sign up to hear about what is going on locally:

Join a free 4 week on-line course to learn more about research:

Sign up to receive information about research studies you may be interested in joining:

Join a public involvement forum:

Read about the latest developments in public participation in research:


We are also currently signed up to FARSITE  which  provides a safe, convenient and effective way for the family GP to control the recruitment of their patients into clinical research, whilst allowing NHS-based researchers to run complex and powerful searches over anonymised population level health record data. For more details contact

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