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Research

Wymondham Medical Partnership's research team is led by

Dr Stephen C Thurston BSc NB ChB DRCOG

I have been a GP with the practice for over 25 years and have been interested in research since undertaking my degree in Biological Sciences prior to my medical degree.

I first became active in research in general practice when I got invited to attend a trial with the Medical Research Council in 2006 and our practice research study portfolio has continued to grow ever since.

The Research team Nurse is Shelina Rajan BSc. RGN.

I have been working in Clinical Research for 15 years and have worked in Industry running exciting Phase I studies. In Secondary Care, I have also run clinical trials in the areas of rheumatology, renal, cancer and diabetes. My current role in Primary Care is just as dynamic and has exposed me to a wide variety of clinical trials in the areas of paediatric genetics, respiratory, cardiovascular disease, virology and dermatology to name but a few!

The core GCP-trained research team comprises of 2 GP Co-Investigators and a dedicated Research Administrator, Louise Armstrong.

We have a number of GPs, Nurses and HCAs who will be undertaking GCP training in the near future. Our in-house Data Manager plays a vital research role with assisting the team to identify eligible potential study participants. We have the capacity to run a number of Academic and Commercial studies simultaneously and have forged good working relationships with the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Trust whose services we use to help support the requirements of our clinical trials.

We are a very experienced and well equipped Research Active Primary Care site with our own centrifuge, minus 20° C freezer, fridge, secure drug storage area and research storage room for archiving. We have adopted the Hub and Spoke model of recruiting patients where we work in close partnership with smaller surrounding Practices. Such Practices are able to provide eligible patients to participate in clinical trials if their own Practice is not able to support research.

 We work very closely with the Clinical Research Network.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. They operate nationally across England through a national coordinating centre and 15 local branches delivering research in the NHS across all disease areas.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: Eastern is hosted by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The host is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of research in the Trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified NHS providers throughout the Eastern area.

Wymondham Medical practice is located within close access of the A11 which has recently been fully duelled to allow easier access. Norfolk boasts 93 miles of coastline, not to mention the Norfolk Broads!

We are Research Ready Accredited Practice http://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/research-opportunities-and-awards/research-ready-self-accreditation.aspx

If you would like to discuss the feasibility of hosting your study, please contact Shelina Rajan – Research Nurse on 01953 713429 or shelina.rajan@nhs.net

 



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