Woolstone Medical Centre is proud to be a Research Ready Accredited Practice. We work collaboratively with the NIHR Clinical Research Network which is the Research arm of the NHS.
Clinical Research is very important to improve care, treatments and ultimately patients’ quality of life.
Woolstone Medical Centre supports several different types of Primary Care studies which have been ethically approved. Our GP Research Lead is Dr Ramesh Babu.
If you are a patient at Woolstone Medical Centre, you may receive invitation letters or text messages to ask if you wish to take part in a research study. Joining in a research study is completely voluntary.
However, if you do not wish to be contacted about research studies please complete the Opt-Out-Form below and hand it to the reception team or send it via post.
If you are able to use a scanned signature, you can email it to the practice email address: [email protected] (only signed forms will be accepted).
Current Research studies which patients can participate
The purpose of this clinical study is to find new treatments that help those suffering with COVID-19 at home and in the community get better quicker and without needing to be treated in hospital. Most people with COVID-19 are treated in the community and so we need to find treatments that are suitable and effective for use early on in the illness.
PANORAMIC aims to find out if new antiviral medicines help to keep people with COVID-19 from needing to be admitted to hospital and helps people to get better. All of the treatments in the PANORAMIC trial have been approved by the UK Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in the study (which regulates the use of all medicines in the UK), and the study is approved by the Health Research Authority.
The Active Brains Trial
A new website called ‘Active Brains’ aims to help older adults to look after their brain and body health to prevent cognitive decline. The website supports older adults to make simple behavioural changes such as increasing physical activity, playing brain training games and finding ways to eat more healthily. This study will trial the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of ‘Active Brains.
For more information please click the link: Active Brains trial
T2T – Treat to Target in Gout (T2T)
The standard care of gout in the UK is focused on treating gout attacks with anti-inflammatory medicines such as naproxen or prednisolone. Although anti-inflammatory medicines reduce the pain of an attack, they do not dissolve the urate crystal deposits which cause gout attacks. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of allopurinol-based treat-to-target ULT versus usual general practitioner (GP) care on the number of gout flares over two years.
For more information please follow the link: T2T Study
INTERACT – Integrated CBT for depression trial (INTERACT RCT)
The study is evaluating a new way of delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for depression. Integrated CBT combines input from a CBT therapist with online CBT resources. This new way of delivering CBT could make CBT more accessible and more widely available to people with depression in primary care. The study aims to integrate online CBT materials and high intensity therapy from an accredited therapist to deliver effective CBT to those who need it. This could reduce costs and increase availability, including for those for whom access is difficult (e.g. working full-time/living in remote areas/with caring responsibilities and hard-to-reach groups.
For more information please follow the link: INTERACT Study
PRINCIPLE – Platform Randomised Trial of Treatments in the Community for Epidemic and Pandemic illnesses
Help find treatments for COVID-19 from home
PRINCIPLE is a UK-wide clinical study from the University of Oxford to find COVID-19 treatments for recovery at home.
We are looking for medicines that can help people with COVID-19 symptoms get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital. PRINCIPLE is recruiting participants through this website and also through GP practices across the UK.
PRINCIPLE is open to all with ongoing symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
Who is eligible to join the study:
You are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days or less.
AND: You have had a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days
AND: You are aged 18 or over
For more information about the study please visit: https://www.principletrial.org
Learn Mood Study
Using Deep LEARNing to Predict MOOD Changes in Patients with Depression (LEARN-MOOD)
We would like to invite you to take part in our study looking at whether we are able to detect mood changes in patients with depression using data collected from wristwatch fitness trackers.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking to recruit people with a diagnosis of depression and who are currently taking a stable dose of an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) antidepressant medication. Potential participants must also be aged between 18 and 65 years old, own a smartphone, have access to the internet and have an active email address.
What does participation involve?
This study will involve taking part in some online video-call assessments where we will ask you about your mental health experiences, completing some online questionnaires throughout the duration of the study and wearing a wristwatch fitness tracker for a period of three months.
We will give you a £40 Amazon voucher to thank you for your time.
How can I register my interest?
Please email us at [email protected] with your mobile number and some times that you are available to be contacted for an initial brief phone conversation (around five minutes).
SUMMIT – Lung cancer screening study using low dose CT to support the development of blood tests for early cancer detection
For more information about the study please visit: SUMMIT study
OPTYC – Online PTSD Treatment for Young People and Carers – RCT
Specialty: Mental Health
The study is looking for 12-17 year old patients who are suffering from PTSD. Funded by the Medical Research Council, they have developed
a web app which delivers a full course of therapist-supported Cognitive Therapy to young people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
For more information about the study and to register your interest please visit: OPTYC
To find out more information about clinical research studies please visit:
National Institute for Health Research
If you would like more information about how your data is used please click here.