Being a Research Practice and Medical Research 

Westbury on Trym is an NHS Research Active practice. We are an NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) level 2 research practice which means that we undertake several NHS research studies each year. We do not undertake commercial research work. We work with a number of universities on ways to improve the NHS and are currently working on studies led by the Universities of Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge and Southampton.

We also lead a local collaboration of research practices (Affinity Research Collaboration), where we work closely with three other GP Practices (Greenway, Fallodon Way and Monks Park.)

As a research practice we are also part of studies that involve anonymised data being shared and this data is used to inform the Department of Health eg re flu epidemics, prescribing information etc. This helps us to constantly monitor the quality of our work and keep up to date.

So- what does all this mean for patients?  

You may be offered services by us which are part of a medical trial, sometimes this involves new types of medication or new therapies, sometimes both. Services might be offered which involve you meeting with a researcher or involve some more detailed work with one of our own clinical staff. You might be asked to complete questionnaires or to give your opinion to researchers during interviews.

Your participation in research is voluntary and not taking part will not affect your care in any way – it is entirely up to you how much you want to get involved.  

We take your personal data very seriously and adhere to the latest data protection guidelines.

We are currently working on the following studies:

ARRISSA – does improved communication within the practice benefit severe asthma patients?

BARACK D – does adding spironolactone improve kidney function in people with known mild/moderate kidney impairment (‘CKD3/4a’)

INTERACT – fast and novel ways to deliver CBT therapy in depression – using latest smart phone technologies

ARTIC – Do children with coughs need antibiotics?

Below is a list of some interesting studies we have been involved with in the past few years:

TIMELi- does a 12 month program of activities help stave off frailty in the elderly?

PANDA- do people with new depression benefit from a short course of antidepressants?

ATAFUTI-  what is the best way to manage urinary tract infections in women?

MIR – does adding a second antidepressant improve depression?

One in a Million – How do GP consultations vary in different socioeconomic areas?

FAST- what is the best way to manage exacerbations of asthma in adults?

 ****We would like to thank all our patients who have taken part in our research work so far. ****