test_vials2Frome Valley is one of the practices in South Glos that participates in approved NHS research studies through the NHS National Institute for Health Studies. As part of the National Institute for Health Research, we help to provide the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments, and we can learn how to improve NHS healthcare for the future.

We are committed to the Department of Health’s national strategy which puts patients at the centre of all NHS related activity. To ensure that ‘patient benefit’ is not simply based on the views and options of research professionals and clinicians, the national strategy highlights the importance of involving patients, carers and the public at all stages of the research process.

Patients and public can be involved:

  • As patients/participants voluntarily taking part in clinical or other well designed studies.
  • As patients and public members working with research professionals and clinicians (e.g. doctors, nurses) and getting actively involved in the different stages of research and related activities.

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Examples of studies that Frome Valley has recently participated in include:

Arm Pain Trial

This study aims to establish if fast-track physiotherapy results in less pain and disability amongst patients with distal arm pain compared with physiotherapy delivered after the normal waiting list period; and to determine which kind of advice is most beneficial while patients are waitng for their normal physiotherapy appointment.  Clinician needs to refer (adult) patients to RNHRD in Bath.  Remuneration: £16 per patient referred.

Brains for Dementia

Brains for Dementia Research is jointly funded by Alzheimer's Research UK and the Alzheimer's Society. The Study enables brain tissue banks to recruit and clinically assess potential donors, and to collect and provide donated brain tissue for research into causes and treatments of dementia.  Practice to display posters asking patients to contact the Brain Bank for further information.  Nil payment as all work is conducted outside the practice.


A large randomised control trial designed to investigate whether a one a week course H. Pylori eradication will reduce the incidence of gastric ulcer bleeding in patients using asprin.


Prescribing ANtiDepressAnts.  The programme aims to find out who might benefit from antidepressants by investigating the changes reported by patients as they recover from depression and to be able to describe a clinically important difference on self administered forms such as PHQ9.  The Practice is about to mail 200 randomly selected patients who have suffered with depression to invite their participation.  Responses are direct to the researchers at Bristol Uni.  Earning potential £270 set up fee and £24 per patient recruited.


Psychological Online Support for Diabetics intends to test a website to support psychological well being of type 2 diabetics.  Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire twice over 6 months with half, randomly allocated, having access to the website.  Practice searched for diabetics with depression and mailed 175 inviting participation at beginning of February with aim of recruiting 6-10 participants who will deal directly with researcher.  Support costs of £20 per hour to be reimbursed.


A study to discover whether using antibiotics helps children with a worsening or flare of their eczema.  Children / parents will be approached about joining the study if and when they attend their surgery about a flare of the child's eczema.  the study will run for 12 to 18 months.

Thank you to all of the patients who have participated either by responding to questionnaires or by meeting with healthcare professionals involved in these research programmes. Your participation in these programmes can only help improve healthcare in the future.

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