Clinical Research

We are pleased to be part of the National Institute for Health Research North Thames Clinical Research Network. This means we are part of a network of General Practices in Hertfordshire who host medical research on a regular basis. Patients registered with this practice have an opportunity to help shape the future of health care by taking part in research projects.

Findings from research studies help all GPs, nurses and other health professionals provide the most appropriate and up to date care. As a member of the Research Network we will from time to time invite patients to take part in research studies. You may be asked by a member of the Practice to consider taking part in a research project. Please consider any information leaflets you may receive carefully  before making a choice.

Requirements of research projects will vary greatly, and might involve completing a questionnaire, agreeing to an interview with a researcher or taking part in a clinical trial. Participation in any research project is entirely voluntary. Declining to do so will not affect your medical care in any way.

To date we have enrolled in the following studies:

Help Diabetes

A study to determine the effectiveness of a web-based self-management programme for patients with diabetes.


Managing cardiovascular risk for people with mental health problems.

Q Sense

A smartphone app to support people wishing to stop smoking.


Studying the words and gestures that our children know between the ages of 8 and 18 months.

Million Women Study

A national study of women’s health.


A randomised controlled trial of dementia education in general practice. A post-authorization safety study of pandemic influenza vaccine.


A study to test the effectiveness of on-line support for smoking cessation.


Bipolar Disorder Research.


Cough Complications Cohort Study.


Care for children with coughs colds and chest infections.


Patient views on testing for cancer.