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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. 

Exceptional Recruitment Strategy 2017!

(Dr Belinda Lennox, Dr Nick Wooding, Sophie Maslen, Liga Rugena)

This year our research team won the 'Exceptional Recruitment Strategy' award on Tuesday 26th September 2017

Practice partner Dr Nick Wooding said: “It’s very hard to always find the time that is needed to keep up to date, but one of the advantages of research projects is that we can focus on areas of clinical importance and contribute to evidence based medicine. There are lots of research projects out there but we concentrate on the ones which will directly benefit the NHS and our patients such as better hypertension control, depression management, flu like illness and weight loss research in obesity – all big burdens on the NHS."

Sophie said: “We all deserve the best possible care and it is only through research that patient care will continue to improve.” 

We were nominated by Lan Jenner, Primary Care Research Facilitator at the LCRN, who wrote: “South Oxford Health Centre has a small list size of 4,180 but, despite this, they have consistently been amongst the top five recruiters in Thames Valley for many difficult to recruit to studies, competing against large practices with list sizes of 9,000 to 15,000 patients.  Over the past three years, they have conducted over 40 studies and recruited over 400 patients for Thames Valley. Their secret to a successful recruitment strategy is buy-in from their patients; a dedicated, talented and organised research team and an entire practice committed to making research a priority.”

Exceptional primary care team 2016!

(Liga Rugena, Dr. Al-Dabagh, Jill Millin, Sophie Maslen, Dr. Wooding)


On Wednesday 12th October 2016, SOHC was selected among the winners of the first ever Thames Valley Health Research Awards, for the 'Exceptional primary care team'.

The awards are a new initiative by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to health research in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Sophie “Having only set-up the research team in December 2015, we are absolutely delighted to have won this award and we would like to say a big thank you to our patients who have taken part in our research studies over the last year - because without your participation, there would be no award!”

We were nominated by Nerys Astbury, Trial Manager, here is what she had to say:

"South Oxford Health Centre, and in particular Research Coordinator Sophie Maslen, have been consistently good at recruiting and retaining patients into clinical research studies led by the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit in the Thames Valley and South Midlands region.

Despite the small size of the practice they have recruited as many patients as larger practices with more patients and staff. An example of this is the DROPLET study involving weight loss treatments in Primary Care.

With the support of Lead GP Dr Nick Wooding, Sophie and Jill have put a lot of effort into ensuring that patients registered at South Oxford Health Centre have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of clinical trials covering various health conditions. They have signed up for at least 7 studies being run/ coordinated by the Primary Care Clinical trials Unit, and the team always deliver the protocols to a high standard.

They are always welcoming to staff and patients and communicate with the team at the Clinical Trials Unit so that any problems can be addressed before they become larger issues. Their consistent efforts are to be applauded and hopefully their contribution to research will go from strength to strength."

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