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 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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