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Research in the GP Surgery

Hingham Surgery has been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) as ‘Research Ready’. This means that we are able to participate in research studies that are offered to us by the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Eastern group.

Research Training

A key requirement for anyone working on clinical research is Good Clinical Practice for research (GCP) training. GCP is the guideline and standard to which all NHS research is conducted.

Why GCP Training is Essential

Everyone working on clinical research must have training to ensure they are best prepared to carry out their duties and responsibilities. This is laid down in the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care Department of Health (2005), covering all research in the NHS in England, and in law for those people working on clinical trials.

Patient Participation in Research

Participation in research is entirely voluntary and you have the right to say ‘No’. Nobody will put pressure on you to take part in research if you do not wish to. You do not have to give us a reason if you decide not to take part.

Your care and your relationship with the doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decide not to take part in a research study.

Nobody from outside the practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent. 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 medical records (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research.

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