Dr Kathy Rainsbury (centre) leads the team as Principal Investigator. The role of the Principal Investigator is to oversee and approve the research activity taking place at the surgery. Dr Rainsbury investigates new trials available to our patients, see patients face to face as part of the trials and reviews casenotes to ensure that the trial participants have been given the correct treatment and follow up.
Our Research Nurse Becky Seabrook (right) has been working with the surgery from her time as a student and is now a Practice Nurse alongside her research duties. Becky takes time to ensure each patient is individually screened to ensure they are eligible to participate and has face to face time with patients as part of the trial process, supported by Dr Rainsbury and our Community Research Network team.
Nicki Allott (left) co-ordinates the activities of the team to ensure that the surgery team have all the information and tools they need to be able to carry out trials effectively. Nicki often communicates with patients direct to ensure they are they have received information and acts as a central point of contact for the team.
Clinical trials are research studies in which people help test treatments or approaches to prevention or diagnosis of health conditions to evaluate whether they are safe and effective. You are under no obligation to participate in any research project. Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decided not to take part in a research study.
Your participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw from a study at any time without having to provide an explanation.
Each trial is designed to keep risk to a minimum. Research active health professionals can only ask people to take part in a study who are suitable for the treatments.
Clinical trials are one stage of long and thorough health research. Trials are carried out in carefully planned phases, allowing researchers to ask and answer questions in a way to provide reliable information in the best interests of the participants.
Trials are an important part of the process the NHS goes through in making decisions about which approaches to prevent, diagnose or treat conditions should be made available to the public. They also form part of the NHS constitution which are the principles and values that underpin the NHS.
Roborough surgery is actively involved in medical research. If there is a study you may be eligible to take part in, we will contact you to ask if you would like to take part. We will not enrol you into studies unless you have given us explicit consent.
Each research study is carefully checked by the National Institute for Clinical Research and Roborough Surgery to ensure that is is suitable for our patients and has passed the correct legal and ethical checks. For each research programme we will let you know who has access to your information should you wish to take part.
For patients aged 11-17 experiencing chronic fatigue, this programme is online allowing patients to look at best management of their symptoms and health.
A programme for patients with existing mental health needs to look at supporting them with assistance from a dedicated health clinician.
For patients over 50 experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 looking at repurposing existing medications to reduce symptoms and reduce hospital admissions.
New studies are being launched all the time, so please do get in touch if you would like to take part. Detail of the studies will be published ont his website page regularly.