Research Practice

Our practice is research active and invites our patients to take part in trials to find new ways of diagnosing and treating health conditions.

Conducting high-quality clinical research helps us to keep improving NHS care by finding out which treatments work best.

If you are interested in taking part in any studies or have received a letter inviting you into a specific trial, please contact the research team on 01842 767621. Alternatively, please email the team on nwicb.breckland.research@nhs.net.

Below are some examples of current studies underway.

Active Brains

Older people are more at risk of having problems with their memory and thinking skills. This study is trialling an interactive app to see if it helps keep participants’ brains fit.

Principle

The PRINCIPLE study is an urgent public health clinical trial looking at new treatments for people with COVID-19 symptoms. More details can be found at www.principletrial.org.

BASIL

Enforced isolation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can daily routine, loss of social contact and loneliness, which may in turn impact on mental health. This urgent public health study is looking at different ways to prevent or reduce depression and loneliness among older adults with multiple health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ATTACK

This trial is looking at whether people with chronic kidney disease should take daily low-dose aspirin to reduce their risk of having a first heart attack or stroke.

Vesalius

Cardiovascular disease is a major burden on people and health services. This study is trialling evolocumab (injectable) to see if it reduces major cardiovascular events in patients at high cardiovascular risk without prior heart attack or stroke.

GlaxoSmithKline

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the common viruses that cause coughs and colds in winter. This study is trialling a new vaccine in older adults.

How we use your data

People in your care team may look at your health records to check whether you are suitable to take part in a research study, before asking you whether you are interested or sending you a letter on behalf of the researcher.

We may use third parties such as Docmail or similar companies to reduce the costs of sending you this letter and they may receive your name and address to send this letter on our behalf as our data processor.