Research is crucial to all parts of the NHS. It plays a key role in helping the NHS to understand, adapt and respond to the challenges it faces. Traditionally it was viewed as a job for large secondary care research institutions, but this is no longer the case. Primary care is one area where research is growing.  All HPCA practices are involved currently in research on one level or another.  

The following are active studies:


COPD & Asthma

TWICS - Effects of low dose theophylline on COPD

FAST - Testing of a new self-management plan

Diabetes

Direct Progression - Biomarkers to predict type 2 diabetic patients with slow and rapid deterioration in blood glucose control in order to inform future patient management and choice of therapies.

DARE - Establishing inherited and environmental causes of diabetes.

ProMaster Arm 1 - Identify characteristics of Type 2 diabetic patients who respond well/ poorly to blood sugar lowering medication

Patients will be recruited to two arms of the study. This arm is for those  who are about to start a second/ third line Medication. 

ProMaster Arm 2 - Identify characteristics of Type 2 diabetic patients who respond well/ poorly to blood sugar lowering medication.

Patients will be recruited to two arms of the study. Patients will be recruited who have or have not progressed onto insulin.

Mental Health 

CASPER - The CASPER PLUS trial is a sub-study of the main CASPER study investigating the effectiveness of collaborative care intervention in adults over 65 with depression.  

Cardiology 

Garfield - Observing behaviour on patients newly-diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation 

Facial Pain 

DEEP - Developing Effective and Efficient care pathways in chronic pain 

Rheumatology 

PMR - Polymyalgia Rheumatic (PMR) is the commonest inflammatory rheumatic disease in adults aged 50 years and over. The study aims to assess the epidemiology of PMR in primary care.

Musculoskeletal Services

VIDAL - Evaluate the effect of vitamin D supplementation on mortality and morbidity among older members of the UK general population.



For further information on our research portfolio and activity get in touch and we will put you in contact with our dedicated research facilitator.