We are actively supporting clinical research studies within primary care.

The NHS Constitution states that research is a core function of the NHS. Clinical Research is a major driver of innovation and central to NHS practice for maintaining and developing high standards of patient care. Ultimately, clinical research means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines. Investment in research means better, more cost effective care for patients.

National Institute for Health Research

In 2006, the Department of Health set up The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to improve the health and wealth of the nation through Research. The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) was introduced to provide the infrastructure to the NHS to allow high quality research to be set up and delivered efficiently and effectively.

Marine Lake & Estuary Practice is part of a network of practices participating in research activities for NIHR North West Coast. To find out more about the work of the NIHR Clinical Research Network go to their website.

What is Primary Care Research?

The CRN Primary Care speciality works in collaboration with researchers and primary care practitioners such as GPs’, practice nurses, pharmacists and dentists to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS. 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 treatments
  • It brings new dimension 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?

There are various ways a patient can become involved in studies at Marine Lake Medical Practice.

  • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
  • You may receive a text message from the practice asking whether you would like to participate in research.
  • 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 the Research Nurse

All clinical research carried out at our surgeries is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees thus ensuring it is appropriate and safe to perform. Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.

You are under no obligation to participate in any research project

Your care and your relationship with your doctor will not be affected in any way if you decided not to take part in a research study

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.

Research Changes Lives

Research can save lives, find new treatments and help people be healthier and happier for longer

Doctors, nurses and other health and social care professionals learn more by doing research. But this is only possible when people , including children and young people ,take part in research studies.

In fact, last year, nearly three quarters of a million people took part in health and social care research

Why take part?

  • You may want to improve health and care for everyone, or because someone you care about has an illness
  • If you have an illness or condition , you might be able to try a new treatment
  • You might learn more about your condition
  • Your health may be monitored more if you take part in some studies

You will help researchers learn important new information

Ask your doctor , nurse or healthcare professional about research you can take part in or look at our research pages below for links to how you can take part.

The ModiFY study: Overview

The ModiFY clinical trial, is being conducted in hospitals across the UK, so that researchers can assess whether the Modi-1 vaccine when given to patients with specific cancer types:

  1. Is safe at different doses
  2. Can trigger the immune system to fight cancer
  3. Is effective at shrinking tumours

The clinical trial is recruiting patients with the following advanced cancer types:

  1. (HPV negative) Head and Neck Cancer
  2. Renal Cell Cancer
  3. Triple Negative Breast Cancer

The study is also recruiting patients with Head and Neck Cancer that are planning to undergo surgery.

Click the link below for more information