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Welcome to the Research and Innovation Area where you can read about why research is important, the research projects Royal Primary Care is involved in and most importantly how to become involved in medical research.

Royal Primary Care is delighted to announce that we have been accepted into the Primary Care Research Site Initiative Scheme​ (RSI Scheme)

The RSI Scheme is a program offered by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It supports GP Practices taking part in research and it will give us the opportunity to work with Clinical Research Network East Midlands to deliver NIHR research in our community.

The scheme will provide us with the infrastructure, funding to enable us to develop and maintain research capacity, as well as capability to contribute further to research studies. ​

What does this mean to you as a patient?

We are already supporting research studies and you might have seen advertisements in our surgeries or you may have been approached if you were suitable for one of the studies we are already recruiting for. We will be expanding the number of research studies we are taking part in. You will be approached if you are suitable but you have no obligation to take part in it but we will be delighted if you can take this chance to help us improving the care that we deliver to you.



We are delighted to announce that both  RPC Clay Cross and RPC Chesterfield have achieved the accreditation as RCGP Research Ready® Universal Level​ practices.

Research Ready® is a quality programme aimed for research-active UK GP practices and it provides information, support and guidance to the whole practice team to  engage with research​ in Primary Care.

Research Ready® is a quality assurance programme for all research-active UK GP practices. It is designed in line with the UK Research Governance Framework’s legal, ethical, professional, and patient safety requirements. The programme serves to provide information, support and guidance to accredited practices in research; both to assist with meeting the requirements above, and with considering and conducting research.

RCGP: Improving patient care through participation in research

--  Please note that unfortunately the recruitment period for the ACT-Flare study has ended --

The NHS is involved in health research to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat illnesses. The UK’s health research has led to ground breaking discoveries such as Penicillin and DNA sequencing.

GP surgeries conduct research and are an often overlooked, but very important, part of the NHS research effort that you can easily assist.  

In the past five years, over 200,000 people in the East Midlands region took part in health research but we need more people to get involved. Speak to one of our doctors or nurses to get more information on how you could help us.

Ways of participating:

Research isn’t all about new drugs and odd tests! You could help by simply filling in a questionnaire or telling your story to researchers. There are different ways for you to be involved in research that can vary from helping to develop research questions, applying for funding and ethical approval, sitting on advisory groups, carrying out the research and disseminating the research findings.

Another helpful way is to become a patient research ambassador - someone who promotes health research from a patient point of view. They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person who is enthusiastic about health research and is willing to communicate that to other patients, the public, as well as other healthcare professionals. Many patients, carers, and members of the public are already doing excellent work in the healthcare research community.

If you are interested or want more information explore these links

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