Healthcare Professionals

HealthcareProfessionals_UOBmed_260417_NRP-92 copyHow to participate in research

NHS England, where practical, would like to be able to offer every patient the opportunity to take part in research.  With the majority of patient contact taking place in primary care, all colleagues working within this field are perfectly placed to help with patient recruitment. 

If, as a healthcare professional, you have not taken up the opportunity of taking part in research, the CRN WM is here to help and support you and your practice.

Healthcare providers can become involved in primary care research at varying levels:

  • Basic Level: providing patient leaflets/displaying posters
  • Intermediate Level: patient identification via searches and mailings
  • Higher Level: HCP as Principal Investigator at site and consenting patients into studies

Participation in research varies according to the level of involvement. This can vary from face to face recruitment of patients during a consultation to more administrative tasks such as inviting previously identified eligible patients, from electronic searches, to participate in a research study where all the study procedures are carried out by the research team.

All studies comply with the NHS Research Governance Framework, are ethically approved and scientifically valid.  To find out more on the current studies available in your area please visit the studies page.

Getting involved: Observational or Interventional (Non PIC) studies

Participation Identification Centres  (PIC studies)

GP Practices or Pharmacies wishing to become involved in research at an entry level, can opt to take part in a PIC study by identifying eligible patients based on the specific inclusion and exclusion criteria set by the study team.  A clinician would need to check the list to ensure patient suitability.   Service Support costs are paid to cover staff time depending on the study. Practices will be informed of these before they agree to take part.

The PIC retains responsibility for the healthcare of the patient outside of the research. However, the research site takes on the duty of care for them in relation to the study. Reimbursement for time spent by practice staff is available.

Our Research Facilitation team are available to provide support and assistance if required. 

Observation or Intervention Studies (non PIC  studies)

These may involve: face to face recruiting of patients, taking consent, taking measurements, requests for provision of a room and practice nurses or health care assistants recruiting patients. For example the Preloading study, which was open to enrolment until the middle of 2014, involved a database search and review, followed by a mailout. There must already be an established NHS Stop Smoking service based at the practice. CRN Primary Care can provide support and training on participating in such studies.

GP or Pharmacist as a Principal Investigator

These studies require greater involvement by the practice. A designated clinician would be responsible for the day-to-day running of a study at a site. This would involve similar tasks to non PIC studies such as recruiting patients and taking consent, depending on the study. CRN WM support and training is always available.  Principal Investigators would need to undertake Good Clinical Practice Training (GCP) which is provided free of charge by the National Institute for Health Research.

Service Support Costs

Service Support Costs will be paid to the practice to cover all agreed study activity related to specific research projects undertaken by the practice. Activity based Service Support payments will be for research activities involved in identifying, recruiting and following the progress of patients through a research project, such as:

i)      back-fill for clinical time committed to research activities,

ii)     provision of administrative time,

iii)    room hire for research clinics,

iv)   use of practice facilities and equipment for research activity.

This list is not inclusive of all examples of activity needed to undertake the research study. Service support costs will be paid for all CRN Primary Care supported studies hosted/delivered by the practice. The payments will directly reimburse the practice for the activity undertaken for the study.