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At Nightingale Valley Practice we take an active role in medical research projects and work in partnership with many university hospitals, universities and other organisations.  We are a Research Ready accredited practice.


The research team consists of:

Dr Katharine Alsop – Lead GP for Research

Debbie Blackmore – Research/Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Kathryn Gould – Research Health Care Assistant

Zoe Roberts – Research Administrator


At  any  one  time  the practice will  be  involved  in,  and  recruiting  participants  for various

on-going studies. We may invite you to participate but will not release your details without your consent. We encourage our patients to become participants as it may improve healthcare for you and future generations.


Below are some of the studies we are currently recruiting to:


CANDID (Cancer Decision Diagnosis Tool)


The University of Southampton is conducting a study with the aim of producing a tool to rule out/earlier identification of cancer in future assessments. There are two arms to the study, Bowel and Lung symptoms.

If you are aged 35+ and have any of the following - change in bowel habit, blood in faeces, abnormal weight loss you may be suitable for the bowel arm of the study

If you are aged 35+ and have any of the following - cough, respiratory symptoms for 3 weeks you may be suitable for the lung arm of the study


Study ends: 30th March 2017


PANDA (Prescribing AntiDepressAnts that will lead to a clinical benefit)


The University of Bristol are conducting a study looking at who might fully benefit from anti-depressants as a treatment for stress, depression or low mood. The study is interested in people who have experienced stress, depression or low mood and have not taken anti-depressants in the last 8 weeks.


Study ends: 30th July 2017


ARCHIE (The early use of Antibiotics for 'at Risk' CHildren with InfluEnza)


The University of Oxford are conducting a study with aim of establishing whether prescribing antibiotics within 5 days of a flu like illness may help speed up recovery and prevent further infections eg pnuemonia. The study is seeking children aged between 6m to 12 years, presenting with cough and fever for up to 5 days.

Study ends: 30th March 2017


PACE – (Point of Care Testing to Target Antibiotics for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations)


The University of Cardiff PACE study aims to develop better ways of treating COPD attacks or flares. It involves seeing whether a quick and easy finger prick blood test can help guide the use of antibiotics during an acute exacerbation.


Study ends: 30th March 2017


HEPCATT - (Hepatitis C Assessment to Treatment Trial)


The University of Bristol are conducting a study to identify people that are at higher risk of Hepatitis C virus and invite them to testing and to identify people who have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C virus but not been treated.


Study ends: Ongoing


CEDAR - (The Children’s Ear Pain Study) - Further information to follow


Further details can be found on our research noticeboard in the waiting area at Brooklea Health Centre and the practice Facebook page.


Why take part in research?


Research is important in helping us to improve existing treatments and services and discover new treatments and services.


How you can take part in research


If you are interested in taking part in a research study:

Please feel free to contact any of the above team if you would like further information, or would like to participate in future studies

Ask your GP or Consultant to consider any trials or other well designed studies that you may be suitable for (eligible)

Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway for information about clinical trials running in the UK. You can enter your postcode and find out information about studies close to where you live.

Visit the web pages for your local Clinical Research Network

View and listen to the experiences of people who have taken part in research                                                                                     

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