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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: www.crn.nihr.ac.uk
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.
ALIC4E: An interventional drug study to determine whether adding an antiviral drug is effective in treating flu like illness.
ARCHIE: An interventional drug study for "at risk" children with flu like illness assessing whether antibiotics reduces re-consultation.
ARTIC-PC: An interventional drug study for children aged between 6 months and 12 years old presenting with an acute lower respiratory infection. The study aims to provide evidence to inform the management of chest infections in children and hoping to answer - Should we be giving antibiotics?
BARACK-D: An interventional drug study on patients with known Chronic Kidney Disease.
CONDUCT: A study for women with suspected urinary tract infections comparing urine collection devices.
DECIDE: An interventional drug study for Type 2 Diabetics who need second line treatment to improve diabetic control.
IPTG-01: An interventional study to assess a new antimicrobial cream for the treatment of impetigo.
OPTIMISE: A study to try and optimise blood pressure treatment for Mild Systolic hypertension in the Elderly.
PREDICT: A clinical trial for patients with depression/low mood who need to be started on anti-depression treatment to predict response to that drug.
TEPHRA: Trial of exercise to prevent hypertension in young Adults.
OxRen: An observational study on Chronic Kidney Disease.
DROPLET: An interventional weight loss study comparing a VLCD vs. NHS standard Weight Loss programme.
BIOTIPP: An interventional study on brain Imaging of Opioid Therapy in Individuals with Persistent Pain.
CANDID: An observational research study into the common early symptoms of bowel and lung cancers.
COMET: A study of Near-patient testing to guide COPD maintenance treatment in primary care.
DARE: A Research study to understand the cause of diabetes (inherited and non-inherited factors), its complication, and to improve treatment.
EDGE: A study for patient to self-manage their COPD using a mobile-health based intervention.
GLOBAL AWARE: A study to estimate the burden of illness in adult atopic dermatitis patients.
HARMONY OUTCOMES: A long term study to determine the effect of albiglutide, when added to standard blood glucose lowering therapies, on major cardiovascular events in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
HEAT: An interventional study of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication to prevent ulcer bleeding in aspirin users.
HOME-BP: A study to understand if a web-based programme will assist in patient self-monitoring and management of hypertension.
IDEAL: A longitudinal observational study to Improving the Experience of Dementia and enhancing Active Life.
MERMAIDS-ARI: An observational study for adults with acute respiratory infections to identify host and pathogen related determinants of disease severity.
NOVEL START: A clinical trial investigating the effects of three different inhaler regimens in people with mild asthma.
OAK: An interventional drug study for patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis of the knee.
PROVE: A clinical trial comparing usual care versus an exercise based intervention versus a manual therapy based intervention - for known Osteoporosis patients.
RIVET: A pilot study run for “INVICTUS” – re-inventing influenza vaccine efficacy trials.
STILTS-2: A study examining common and rare genetic variants associated with thinness.
TASMINH4: An interventional study on telemonitoring and/or self-monitoring of blood pressure in hypertension.
TIME: To investigate the importance of time of dosing in treating hypertension and reducing the risk of cardiovascular events.
TRANSFORM-3: An interventional drug study to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of an Intranasal drug Plus an oral antidepressant in adults with Treatment-resistant Depression.
CEDAR: (Information will be made available soon)
If you have any questions or would like further information about our research studies then please contact Sophie Maslen on 01865 244428. All clinical research carried out is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees thus ensuring it is appropriate and safe to perform. Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without an explanation required. You are under no obligation to participate in any research project that you are invited to take part in. Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decided not to take part in a research study. You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain further details about a study.
For further information, please visit:
National institute for Health and Research: CRN: Primary Care specialty: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/primary-care/
Get in touch with INVOLVE, a national group supporting public involvement in research: http://www.invo.org.uk/
People in Research. This site has a searchable database of involvement opportunities: https://www.peopleinresearch.org/
For more general information on patient participation at practice level, please look at http://www.napp.org.uk/
(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.”
(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."
This award recognises staff in the Primary Care and Community setting that have gone the extra mile in assisting with research delivery, as identified by the Clinical Research Network Thames Valley & South Midlands. Nominations will be announced quarterly, with the overall winner(s) invited to receive their award at our annual event in January 2020.
Sophie – “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised for our contributions to research again this year in the Thames Valley & South Midland Area. I am extremely proud of SOHC’s research delivery team - we are able to consistently recruit to research studies despite the on-going pressures in General Practice and the pressure that the NHS itself faces. This is another amazing achievement and long may it last! Also, many thanks to our highly research receptive patients – you are all wonderful.”
If you have any questions about our research studies or would like to give feedback, please do not hesitate to contact Sophie on 01865 244428.
There is a practice nurse working in the surgery each morning and afternoon. They have a lead role in the routine management of long-term conditions such as:
In addition they provide the following services:
Child Immunisation Clinic - held every
Maternity Care - The midwife holds a clinic at the surgery every Tuesday morning.
Minor Surgery - the Health Centre can offer some minor operations, joint injections and Cryo surgery for some conditions.
Preventative Care - we do not hold special clinics for preventive medicine; instead we prefer to discuss such matters in ordinary surgery. We are happy to talk about all aspects of health, even if you are in fact well. We do not consider this to be a waste of our time.
The Surgery is actively engaged in all NHS immunisation programmes.
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Travel Advice Letter
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If you wish to, you can now use the internet to book appointments with a GP, request Repeat Prescriptions for any medications you take regularly and look at your medical record online. You can also still use the telephone or call in to the surgery for any of these services as well. It’s your choice.
Being able to see your record online might help you to manage your medical conditions. It also means that you can even access it from anywhere in the world should you require medical treatment on holiday. If you decide not to join or wish to withdraw, this is your choice and practice staff will continue to treat you in the same way as before. In general this decision will not affect the quality of your care.
You will be given login details, so you will need to think of a password which is unique to you. This will ensure that only you are able to access your record – unless you choose to share your details with a family member or carer.
The Practice has the right to remove online access to services for anyone that doesn’t use them responsibly
It will be your responsibility to keep your login details and password safe and secure. If you know or suspect that your record has been accessed by someone that you have not agreed should see it, then you should change your password immediately.
If you can’t do this for some reason, we recommend that you contact the Practice so that they can remove online access until you are able to reset your password.
If you print out any information from your record, it is also your responsibility to keep this secure. If you are at all worried about keeping printed copies safe, we recommend that you do not make copies at all.
For more information about keeping your healthcare records safe and secure, you will find a helpful leaflet produced by the NHS in conjunction with the British Computer Society:
There may be something you have forgotten about in your record that you might find upsetting, or someone who with whom you share your login details. Sometimes our patients have a condition which means they can’t understand their diagnosis and may disagree, for example those with some mental health conditions, and people who have memory loss. This is one reason we may decline to give someone access
Abnormal results or bad news
If your GP has given you access to test results or letters, you may see something that you find upsetting to you. This may occur before you have spoken to your doctor or while the surgery is closed and you cannot contact them. Sometimes, you may even see your result before your own doctor does, for example if your doctor is on holiday.
Choosing to share your information with someone
It’s up to you whether or not you share your information with others – perhaps family members or Carers. It’s your choice, but also your responsibility to keep the information safe and secure.
If you think you may be pressured into revealing details from your patient record to someone else against your will, it is best that you do not register for access at this time.
Your medical record is designed to be used by clinical professionals to ensure that you receive the best possible care. Some of the information within your medical record may be highly technical, written by specialists and not easily understood. Sometimes words used in normal language are used differently by doctors, for example the word “Tenderness” when examining injuries normally means that a patient can’t help but pull away when they are examined (and is one sign of a broken bone), but a doctor might write (non-tender) even when they knew that it had been really painful for the patient during the examination, because the word is used differently.
Information about someone else
If you spot something in the record that is not about you or notice any other errors, please log out of the system immediately and contact the Practice as soon as possible.
One of the reasons we may turn down an application for electronic record access is if there is a lot of information about someone else in your record (such as your family) as it can be impossible to remove.
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