Date: 09 February 2017
Rame Group Practice has recruited the most people in the county so far this year to take part in health research studies.
The achievement of the Rame Group Practice has been commended as the National Institute for Health Research celebrates the enrolment of the one millionth person through primary care onto a clinical study in England. The National Institute for Health Research is the research arm of the NHS.
The team at Rame Group Practice based at Torpoint has recruited 141 people to participate in clinical research studies already this financial year, making it the highest recruiting surgery within the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group. (Data cut January 2017)
Dr Paul McEleny, practice research lead, said: “Offering our patients the opportunity to benefit from participation in clinical research studies is embedded in our day to day services. It’s a real team effort between our clinical and non-clinical staff to ensure that potential participants can consider whether they would like to take part in a study. The vast majority of people who take part in research tell us that they enjoy the experience and find it rewarding knowing they are helping improve treatments of the future.”
Dr McEleny added: “On a personal level benefits of participation for the patients can include learning more about their health condition and how best to manage it; and the reassurance which comes with having regular check-up appointments they would otherwise have not had.”
Rame Group Practice patient Kate Atkinson, who is taking part in an asthma study looking at effective treatment doses of inhaled steroids to prevent periods of poor asthma control, said: “I stay on my own regular medication throughout this study so there is little by way of inconvenience to how I am going about my daily life.
“It feels good knowing that I am doing something small which might have a big positive impact for other asthma patients in the future. I firmly believe better understanding can transform patient care and experience.”
NIHR CRN Clinical Research Specialty Lead for primary care in the South West Dr Lisa Gibbons said: “The contribution that GP practice teams across the region have made to clinical research is very worthy of celebration because it gives patients access to the latest treatments and technologies available for a broad range of health conditions.
“In the South West 4,228 people have been recruited by over 150 research-active practices so far in 2016/17. This achievement is testimony to the hard work and commitment of practice staff and the trust and goodwill from our patients who agree to take part in the research studies as part of their care and treatment. It is a powerful partnership which benefits people on an individual basis as well as universal health benefits for future generations.”
NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public in Research, Simon Denegri said: “This is fantastic news. The nature of the health challenges facing the UK means that GPs, in partnership with patients and carers, have a crucial role to play in developing treatments of patient benefit. That over one million people have volunteered to participate in clinical studies is a mark of how successful this partnership has become. The NIHR hopes that many more people and their families will be encouraged by this to also come forward and help us do more life-saving work. Research cannot happen without them.”
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