Research and Innovation

 Welcome to the Research and Innovation Area where you can read about why research is important, the research projects Royal Primary Care is involved in and most importantly how to become involved in medical research.

We are delighted to announce that both  RPC Clay Cross and RPC Chesterfield have achieved the accreditation as RCGP Research Ready® Universal Level‚Äč practices.

Research Ready® is a quality programme aimed for research-active UK GP practices and it provides information, support and guidance to the whole practice team to  engage with research‚Äč in Primary Care.

Research Ready® is a quality assurance programme for all research-active UK GP practices. It is designed in line with the UK Research Governance Framework’s legal, ethical, professional, and patient safety requirements. The programme serves to provide information, support and guidance to accredited practices in research; both to assist with meeting the requirements above, and with considering and conducting research.

RCGP: Improving patient care through participation in research

The NHS is involved in health research to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat illnesses. The UK’s health research has led in the past to ground breaking discoveries such as Penicillin and DNA sequencing.

GP surgeries conduct research and are an often overlooked but very important part of the NHS research effort and you could help us by being involved.

In the past five years, over 200,000 people in the East Midlands region took part in health research but we need more people to get involved. Speak to one of our doctors or nurses to get more information on how you could help us.

Ways of participating

Research isn’t all about new drugs and odd tests! You could help by simply filling in a questionnaire or telling your story to researchers. There are different ways for you to be involved in research that can vary from helping to develop research questions, applying for funding and ethical approval, sitting on advisory groups, carrying out the research and disseminating the research findings.

Another helpful way is to become a patient research ambassador - someone who promotes health research from a patient point of view. They could be a patient, service user, carer or lay person who is enthusiastic about health research and is willing to communicate that to other patients, the public, as well as other healthcare professionals. Many patients, carers, and members of the public are already doing excellent work in the healthcare research community.

If you are interested or want more information explore these links

Clinical Study: Psychological Impact of COVID-19

Can you help increase our understanding of the impact of coronavirus and changing of restrictions on our mental health?

The Royal Primary Care practices are part of a collaboration group asking people to complete a short questionnaire to help better understand how the coronavirus and changing restrictions are affecting us all and the impact on our day-to-day lifestyle. We hope to find out what is helpful for people during this time and also what may be causing some people to be affected more than others in terms of their wellbeing.
This is the third phase of recruitment. If you took part in previous phases of the study, you are still able to take part in this third phase.

Can you spare 15 minutes to help? Click on the link to the questionnaire for more information:

Select your RPC practice when asked how you learnt of the survey – thank you!

Clinical Trial: Evaluating potential treatments for COVID-19 in older people

Royal Primary Care is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.

To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19 for fewer than 15 days.

The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or 18-64 years and experiencing shortness of breath as part of COVID-19 illness, or 18-64 years with certain underlying health conditions.

You can join the trial online, even if you are not currently registered with our practices. For full details, visit

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Clinical Study: An Investigation of Skill Mix in Primary Care

We are delighted that we are taking part on the above study which is part of a larger NIHR-funded study.

The study aims to explore the views of Practice Managers across England about the employment of new types of practitioners (e.g. physician associates, advanced practitioners, community pharmacists, paramedics, and others) in GP practices.

Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing Study

Do you suffer from arthritis? We might need your help

This new study done by the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre is currently recruiting for a study investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing, led by Professor David Walsh is aiming to understand arthritis more.

This research focuses mainly on a need to re-evaluate and consider the mechanisms of pain in arthritis sufferers, working towards better treatments through a better understanding. Those who suffer from arthritis can experience pain in the structures of their musculoskeletal system, which is made up from muscles, bones, and joints. While conditions like arthritis are known to inflict pain in these areas, even normal ageing can affect this system. This can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as pain and fatigue, in turn negatively affecting people and preventing them from doing the things they need and want to do.

During the study, participants will be asked to fill in a simple questionnaire about their musculoskeletal health and wellbeing. Participants will be asked to consent to filling in an updated questionnaire every year for the next 5 years. In turn, researchers will use this information, along with information on participants’ health records to facilitate a nested study design.

If you are eligible, you will receive shortly a text message and a letter giving you more information.

If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our clinicians for more information or the Lead GP for this study, Dr Beltran-Martinez.

Dr Adrian Beltran-Martinez 

Genetics and Research Lead GP

Royal Primary Care Ashgate

Ashgate Manor, Chesterfield, Chesterfield S40 4AA