Dyneley House is a research active practice delivering studies from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). We also work with the NIHR supported Patient Recruitment Centre (PRC) located at Bradford Royal Infirmary. The NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and delivers research in both the NHS and non-NHS settings. Research is used to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases and improve patient care – in other words to try and find better ways of looking after patients and keeping people healthy.

A key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research is Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for research training. GCP is the guideline and standard to which all NHS research is conducted.

What is primary care research?

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Research Development Netwrok (RDN) and the Bradford PRC work in collaboration with researchers and primary care practitioners such as GPs and practice nurses to promote the successful delivery of health and social care research. A wide range of research studies are supported which look at:

  • Promoting a healthier lifestyle;
  • Disease diagnosis and prevention;
  • Management of long-term illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension;
  • Prevention of future ill-health;
  • Treating common conditions such as tonsillitis or influenza.

What are the benefits of GP practices taking part in research?

  • It offers patients access to new treatment;
  • It brings new dimensions to practice and added skills to those involved;
  • It provides national gold standard training for research;
  • It offers mentorship and support to those involved in research within practice

How can you help and take part?

Participating as a patient in a research project is entirely voluntary and you have the option of withdrawing at any time. You are under no obligation to participate in any research project and your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decide not to take part in a research study. You will always be asked if you wish to take part in a reserch project.

There are various ways a patient can become involved in studies:

  • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating;
  • You may be sent information through the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant;
  • You may read information about a current study in the patient waiting room or on the surgery website and wish to take part by contacting your GP or nurse.

All clinical research carried out is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees ensuring it is appropriate and safe to perform.

You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain further details about a study.

If you do agree to take part in a study you will be asked to sign a consent form. This will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research study. Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent.

By visiting the National Institute for Health Research website you will find more information about research in primary care.

There is also more information about research for patients on the NHS website.

We are very grateful to any of our patients who have taken part in these studies in the past and would encourage patients to become involved in the future.

“I Am Research” gives patients, the public and health and social care research professionals a chance to shout about how fantastic research is. We aim to raise awareness of the benefits of research and the positive impact it has on people’s lives.