Research

Did you know we are a research-active organisation?

Beacon Medical Group is proud to be involved in clinical research studies within primary care.

We are part of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network for the South West Peninsula. Its aim is to improve the care for all patients by obtaining evidence for better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in Primary Care and we are actively involved in recruiting for a number of studies currently taking place.

Dr Tim Bray, research lead for Beacon Medical Group, said: “Research is a core function of the NHS and integral to continuing to advance treatments and care for patients. Beacon has decided to offer research opportunities to its patients because, put simply, evidence shows that patients cared for in a research-active organisation have better outcomes.

“Ultimately, clinical research means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines. Investment in research means better, more cost effective care for patients.”

Many of the research studies we currently offer to patients focus around areas such as disease diagnosis and prevention, management of long-term illnesses such as diabetes, prevention of future ill-health, and treating common conditions such as heartburn.

Interested in getting involved in one of our studies?

There are many ways you can become involved in studies with Beacon Medical Group:
• A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
• You may be sent information via text, email or in the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant
• You may read information about a current study in the patient waiting room, on our social media sites or on our website and wish to take part by contacting your GP/nurse

All clinical research carried out at Beacon Medical Group undergoes rigorous checks and is approved by ethical committees to ensure it is appropriate and safe to perform.

Your participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw from a study at any time without having to provide an explanation.

You are under no obligation to participate in any research project.

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.