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Research at Oak Tree Surgery

We believe it is important to offer our patients the opportunity to benefit from participation in research and have been involved in primary care research for over 20 years. Oak Tree Surgery is part of an enthusiastic group of primary care research teams: the Cornwall Clinical Research Group.


Over 20,000 patients and healthy members of the public take part in clinical research in the South West of England each year. A significant number hear about the opportunity to participate in a health research study through their GP and are recruited to a study run by their local practice.

There are rigorous processes in place, including a review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee, to protect the rights, dignity, safety and wellbeing of participants in research.

Why do we do research?

Research study participants say benefits of taking part include:

  • Learning more about their health condition and how best to manage it

  • Feeling empowered

  • Access to the very latest treatments

  • Feeling good knowing helping others even if not going to necessarily reap the benefits directly themselves

  • Satisfaction of contributing to medical advances

  • Reassured health care professionals are doing their best for their patients

  • Reassured by closer monitoring of their health condition

  • Research can give hope to people with rare of difficult to treat illnesses

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are research studies in which people take part in looking at new treatments or approaches to prevention or diagnosis of health conditions to evaluate whether they are safe and effective.

Clinical trials are one stage of long and thorough health research. Trials are carried out in carefully planned phases, allowing researchers to ask and answer questions in a way to provide reliable information in the best interests of the participants.

Trials are an important part of the process the NHS goes through in making decisions about which approaches to prevent, diagnose or treat conditions should be made available to the public.

Research now running at Oak Tree Surgery

Cardiovascular -  2 trials of a new cholesterol lowering therapy

Type 2 diabetes and the prevention of cardiovascular disease - RECRUITING

Rheumatology – assisting Leeds University in evaluating a specific blood test for rheumatoid arthritis. Anyone with a new musculoskeletal pain is possibly eligible - RECRUITING

Disease Prevention - a vaccine for 'at risk' people which may help prevent a potentially serious infection (C.diff) - PARTICIPANTS NOW INVOLVED IN FOLLOW UP

Mental Health - a study looking at one-to-one support for people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

Respiratory Tract Infection - looking at the effectiveness of a herbal treatment for respiratory tract infections - RECRUITING SOON. If you have an infection please let your doctor or nurse know if you are interested

COPD - looking at using a beta-blocker to help prevent exacerbations  of COPD RECRUITING SOON. Please let your doctor or nurse know if you are interested 

Completed studies for which we look forward to the results include:

Prevention of heart disease - a European wide survey of treatment in primary care

Type 2 diabetes - investigation of a medication and its effectiveness in protecting against the progression of kidney and heart failure

Dermatology - a new antimicrobial cream for impetigo

Cancer - study looking at improving the early diagnosis of bowel and lung cancer

Exercise - the use of technology in improving adherence to an exercise plan

For further information about these studies or if you would like to be involved please contact:

 Kathryn Beck   - Research Nurse/Coordinator

Dr Rehan Symonds - Principle Investigator

To find out what clinical research studies are running nationally visit  this is a  national database held by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which is the research arm of the NHS.

Or ask your doctor or nurse treating you if there are any suitable opportunities for your participation in research studies at the practice or at other healthcare places in the locality.

To find out more please click the link below to see our page on the CCRG website:

All Research at Oak Tree Surgery follows the standards set by the Health Research Authority for NHS organisations to make sure they protect your privacy and comply with the law when they are involved in research. 

To find out more about these standards please click on the link below:

The NHS Constitution has pledged to inform patients of research studies in which they may be eligible to participate. This pledge aims to give people better access to the potential benefits of taking part in research studies including clinical trials. Everyone is encouraged to ask their family doctor or nurse about clinical research and whether there is an opportunity for participation.

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