Research Active Practice
Supporting Research in Primary Care

Peterloo Medical Centre actively supports and participates in clinical research studies within primary care. The practice received their RCGP Research Ready Accreditation in September 2020.

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.
What is Primary Care Research?
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 at Peterloo Medical Centre?
  • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
  • 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 Peterloo Medical Centre  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    Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.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 or nurse 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.

    For more information about Research in General Practice please visit 
    We are very grateful to any of our patients that have taken part in these studies in the past and would encourage patients to become involved in the future.

Immune Defence - RECRUITING

MSS3 (Multiple Symptoms Study 3) - CLOSED RECRUITMENT

The surgery is participating in a pragmatic trial of a community based clinic for patients with persistent (medically unexplained) physical symptoms.

Persistent physical symptoms affect around 1 million people (2% of adults) in the UK. They affect patient's quality of life and account for at least one third of referrals from GPs to specialists. The symptoms clinic will be a locality based service delivered by specially trained GPs which uses a psychologically informed medical consultation model developed for patients with persistent physical symptoms. The clinics are designed to allow patients to describe the nature and impact of their symptoms and help them find new ways of understanding and managing those symptoms drawing on current scientific knowledge.


The surgery is participating in a research study drawing on people with Type 2 Diabetes and experiences and suggestions that mobile phone text messages could be used to help support them with taking their medication and managing their condition.


The surgery is participating in a research study looking at patterns of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and symptoms indicative of IBD in Primary Care patients with moderate to severe Psoriasis.

The primary study objective is to determine the combined proportion of diagnosed Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) raised faecal calprotectin and IBD red flags in a moderate to severe (Psoriasis) PSO primary care population. To determine the proportion of diagnosed IBD 24 months following enrolment in a moderate to severe PSO primary care population.

Germ Defence - OPEN

You may have received a text message from the surgery inviting you to participate in a Germ Defence Survey to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic management. We are grateful to all patients who responded to this.


Help the fight against COVID-19!

If you are aged 65 and above, or aged 50-64 with high blood pressure and/or Heart Disease, Asthma or Lung Disease, Diabetes not treated with Insulin, Stroke, Liver disease or Immunosuppressed, you could be eligible for join the PRINCIPLE trial and help the fight against COVID-19. Click the link below for more information.

PRINCIPLE Research Study Information Leaflet


Are you experiencing increased anxiety or low mood due to COVID-19 or were already experiencing these symptoms and would like to be part of research?

Check out the MoodBuster Information Leaflet HERE


The practice is currently participating in a research study sponsored by the University of Oxford Clinical Trials Service Unit, looking at a new Cholesterol lowering injection. The idea is to find out if a new treatment could help prevent heart attacks and stroke.

Eligible patients may be contact either via letter or telephone to invite you to take part if you wish. You do not have to take part if invited, but if you did, people around the world might benefit from this research in years to come. You will receive a patient information leaflet describing the study and what it would involve for you. The study is running from the surgery premises.

When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit in March 2020 the Orion-4 Study was paused and then subsequently withdrawn from Primary Care to allow Primary Care to focus on provision of the COVID-19 vaccine.


The surgery is actively participating in a research study identifying newly diagnosed depression or low mood. This may mean that if you are newly diagnosed you may receive a letter and a PROMDEP study leaflet with information. It is entirely optional whether you wish to participate in the study.

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