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

Olive Maskell – Research/Advanced Nurse Practitioner



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.

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                                                                                     

Covid 19 Swabbing Test

As a research practice, Nightingale Valley Practice is now able to offer patients with influenza like illness a swab test for Covid 19.

Eligibility is for patients of any age with flu like symptoms, and able with a parent to understand instructions, can take nose swabs. The swab kit will contain instructions and a post bag so that it goes directly back to the study team. The surgery is informed of the results.

Eligibility includes a temperature of 38C measured or suspected by patient, and cough.

You must be within 7 days of your symptoms starting.

The GP surgery clinical team can talk to patients over the phone and provide kits for those eligible. If you feel you have influenza/Covid symptoms then please ring the surgery.


Nightingale Valley Practice is supporting vital COVID 19 research. As part of this, we are helping to carry out a national priority research study called PRINCIPLE.

If you have symptoms of COVID 19, are aged 65 or over, OR are aged 50-64 and have an existing health condition, you may be eligible to join this important study.

If you'd like to discuss taking part in PRINCIPLE, please contact us.

Please see for full details of this study.

If you'd like to know more about COVID 19 research and how you can contribute, please visit the Be Part of Research site,, which is run by the National Institute for Health Research." 

PRINCIPLE Patient Recruitment Poster

COVID-19 Social Study

UCL has launched a study into the psychological and social effects of COVID-19 in the UK.

The results from this survey are vital if we are to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on individuals.

They will help to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks, identify which groups are most at risk, and understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in.

The study is open to all adults in the UK. Participation involves answering a 15-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter 10-minute follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.

Please follow this link below to complete

NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research

Launched in July, the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine research registry will help people across the UK sign up for information on the new COVID-19 vaccine studies.

 It will help large numbers of people to be recruited into the studies over the coming months, potentially leading to effective vaccines being identified and made available to the UK public earlier.

NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research


REPROVIDE is running a domestic abuse perpetrator programme for men who are concerned about their behaviour in relationships with women. Working with Respect accredited organisations (Splitz, Barnardo’s & Phoenix DAS) the 6-month abuse reduction programme is being offered as part of a research study. 

 The study aims to find out if the programme helps men change their behaviour and improve safety for women and children. Some men referred to the study will be placed in a comparison group meaning they will not be offered a place on the group.

They are open to referrals from Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.

Who is suitable?

  • Men who are or have been using violence/abuse in their relationships with women partner(s) or ex-partners 
  • Men who are concerned about their behaviour 
  • Men aged 21+
  • Men who can understand English well enough to take part in a group programme 

DVPP Poster

‘Predicting Antidepressant Response’ Study

This study is looking at how people respond to new courses of antidepressants, by measuring changes in the way people think about emotional information. The purpose of this study is to understand whether it might be possible to predict whether an antidepressant will work shortly after taking it, in order to improve the effectiveness of antidepressant treatments.

If you choose to take part in the study, you will be asked to complete some questionnaires and a short cognitive task online at four different times over the first 8 weeks of your treatment. This takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete each time. The questionnaires ask about your current treatment and your mood. The task involves choosing between some positive and negative words to describe yourself and some other people. As a thank you for your time, you will be given a £10 amazon voucher each time you complete the questionnaires and task.

Predicating Antidepressant Response Study

If you are interested in taking part I can pass your contact details on to the study team who can then give you more information before you decide.


The study team are recruiting volunteers, whether they have been vaccinated or not, to join PANORAMIC.

PANORAMIC is open to everyone with ongoing symptoms of COVID-19 and a positive PCR  or  Lateral Flow  test, regardless of vaccination status.

You can participate in your own home from anywhere in the UK for the first treatment being tested in panoramic. No face-to-face visits are required.

Follow up will be by answering questions each day online and/or telephone calls with the study team, who will be there to support you to throughout the study.

If you are interested in participating please click the link 

For More Information look at these posters Recruitment poster_v1ENG.pdf