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Staithe Surgery is part of the Primary Care Research Network, therefore takes part in various clinical trials and studies.

A number of clinical practice staff have undertaken training (GCP) to ensure that they are qualified to deliver research within our Primary Care setting.


What is the Primary Care Research Network?

The Primary Care Research Network is part of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network and is funded by the Department of Health.


What does the Primary Care Research Network do?

The Primary Care Research Network are dedicated to providing a world-class infrastructure to conduct clinical research in primary care settings - where the majority of patient / practitioner contacts take place. They work with a wide range of primary care practitioners, including GPs, Nurse Practitioners, dentists, pharmacists and health visitors, and support high quality research in areas for which primary care has particular responsibility. These include disease prevention, health promotion, screening and early diagnosis, as well as the management of long-term conditions, such as arthritis and heart disease.


Why they do it

Clinical research is, and has always been, fundamental to the work of the NHS. Only by carrying out research into "what works" can they continually improve treatments for patients, and understand how to focus NHS resources where they will be most effective. All the research that they support is driven by the priorities of the NHS and the Department of Health, and informed by the views of patients and their carers.


How they do it

They provide researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in a primary care setting in the NHS, so that more research takes place, and more patients can take part.


The Primary Care Research Network’s Vision

To provide improved treatment and services for NHS patients by conducting important and relevant research to the highest standards working in partnership with patients, researchers and primary care practitioners in efficient and effective ways.


Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

This is a key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research as it forms the standard and guidelines to which all research is conducted.