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RESEARCHOpportunistically - A member of the team may talk to you about a particular study and ask if you would be interested in participating.

Invitation - You may receive information in the post if we feel that you may be a suitable participant.

Asking You may read information in the waiting room and wish to ask a member of staff about how to sign up to a study. 

Research at South Oxford Health Centre

95% of people say it is important that the NHS carries out clinical research. South Oxford Health Centre actively supports clinical research studies within Primary Care.

The NHS Constitution states that Research is a core function of the NHS. Clinical research is a major driver of innovation and central to NHS practice for maintaining and developing high standards of patient care.

The research at South Oxford Heath Centre is carried out to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases and improve patient care– in other words to try and find better ways of looking after patients and keeping people healthy Ultimately, clinical research means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines.  Investment in research means better, more cost effective care for patients.

In 2006, the Department of Health set up a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to create a world-class health system within the NHS, and the Clinical Research Network (CRN) is part of this wider organisation.

Our surgery is part of a network of local practices participating in research activities under the CRN: Thames Valley & South Midlands.To find out more about the work of the NIHR CRN, please visit:

About Us:

We have delivered over 20 academic studies during the last 3 years.  Studies range from patient identification to more long term complex studies in a variety of disease areas which include weight loss, diabetes, hypertension, COPD, musculoskeletal, cancer.  In FY 2015/16 we actively recruited 150 patients to 6 studies here at the health centre.  Despite having a small practice list size we have been one of the top recruiting sites in our area. We are very grateful to all of our patients who have contributed to the research projects so far and hope for another excellent year of recruitment.

Dr Nick Wooding –Senior Practice Partner

I am the Health Centre’s Research Lead and was involved in setting up a research department from scratch in Uganda, and helping it develop its own ethics committee/IRB.  This has given me some idea of the process involved, and the systems that need to be in place.

We were involved in various research projects which I helped plan and develop – involving cross sectional surveys concerning health in Ugandan slums, and behaviour of female sex workers; and also looking into safe male circumcision for HIV prevention.  Many of these studies have led to journal publications.

I am now back in clinical work and hope that I am able to apply the principles of research I have learnt into the day to day clinical work that I am doing.  I am the research lead for this practice and principal investigator for the practice in various trials (such as CANDID and ARCHIE).  I was also co-PI for the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Deaths in Kibuli Slum, Kampala, Uganda, which is a research project linked with Oxford University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda.

Having gained two diplomas, my main interests are Tropical diseases; however really enjoy the diversity of studies that we run at South Oxford Health Centre.

Ms Sophie Maslen - Health & Research Practitioner

After working in research across the different sites at our Oxford University Hospitals for 8 months, I am now the lead trial coordinator for all recruiting studies apart from the HEAT study at the Health Centre. I am the main contact for any research related activity (details below)

My role requires the day to day running of trials and involves planning, implementing and delivery of patient care as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and trial protocols by;  educating patients, identifying patients who may be eligible for studies in a variety of settings and patient pathways, recruiting to trials, receiving valid informed consent, coordinating patient care, completing case report forms (both paper and electronic), troubleshooting and settling of queries, receiving monitoring visits and the collecting and preparing of biological samples as per protocols.

Having completed an MSc in Health Psychology and research, my main interests are behaviour change and long term conditions such as Cardiovascular Disease and diabetes. I am thoroughly enjoying recruiting our patients to a variety of research studies at South Oxford Health Centre including; weight loss, diabetes, hypertension, COPD, musculoskeletal and cancer.

Mrs Jill Millin - Senior Practice Nurse

Having enjoyed working in research at another GP practice before starting at South Oxford summer 2015, I wanted to make sure that in my next role I continued to contribute to primary care research projects.

I am now the Senior Practice Nurse for the Health Centre and my main research interest is Diabetes. I assist my colleagues Dr Wooding and Sophie with identifying patients (mainly opportunistically) for research studies and I am the lead coordinator for the HEAT study and associate back-up to all other recruiting studies on site.


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