Dr Kathy Rainsbury 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 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.

Emma Roberts 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. Emma often communicates with patients direct to ensure they are they have received information and acts as a central point of contact for the team.


Interested in taking part?

If you are interested in taking part in research studies with us, please contact us on 01752 701659 or e-mail for more information.

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.

The practice works with the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) and Southwest Peninsula (SWP) to offer our patients opportunities to take part in research relevant to their health.  As part of our support of health research, we work with the Southwest Research Team to carry out 'feasibility reports'.  These reports are able to search through anonymised patient data from our practice showing the number of people for whom a particular research study would be relevant; this allows the Southwest Research Team to see whether a research study could be offered to the population of Devon.  The feasibility group does not extract or access patient identifiable data and staff who undertake this work are bound by Confidentiality : NHS code of Practice, General Data Protection Regulations 2018 and Good Clinical Practice (training for the delivery of research).  Patients who wish for their data to be excluded from the 'top level' feasibility reports should request that the practice records an opt out on their record.  We are pleased with our seasoned NIHR CRN experts, seamlessly integrated into our practice team.  In the pursuit of advancing medical research, these professionals, alongside our practice team, may access your patient record for pre-consented activities.  This involves identifying potential eligibility for research opportunities and supporting recruitment and follow-up for clinical trials.  This process operates under the lawful bases of Article 6 (public task) and Article 9 (substantial public interest) of the GDPR; please be assured that your privacy and data security are rigorously safeguarded.  This collaboration also supports NIHR and NHS's pursuit in improving equality to access research.  Any eligible individuals will be contacted by the practice and their consent will be requested before any further processing takes place. 

Current Studies

ACTIVE BRAINS - a new website called 'Active Brains' which aims to help older adults to look after their brain and body health.

GLAD - Genetic links to Anxiety and Depression

PRINCIPLE - Platform Randomised trial of treatments in the Community for epidemic and pandemic illnesses.

PROTECT - A platform for research online to investigate cognition and genetics in ageing.

STREAM - eat well, feel well, stay well.

GP Teams Study - survey

SHAPE - online self-management and health promotion in early-stage dementia with e-learning for carers.

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.

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What's The Story research study - Run by University Hospitals Plymouth