Friday, September 25, 2020


Many of you may not be aware that The Coleridge Medical Centre is a member of the South West Clinical Research network  (

In medicine, we are constantly striving to find the most effective treatments for common conditions and research is a key factor that helps to provide this knowledge.  As a practice, we take great care to select studies that we feel will help us treat our patients better.  We feel it is a great opportunity for you as patients to take part in studies that directly benefit you and/or generally improve treatment in primary care.  

From time to time, you may be invited to take part in one of these studies.  There is no obligation to take part and, if you decline, it will not affect your treatment in any way. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020


Our practice is supporting vital COVID-19 research. As part of this, we are helping to carry out a national priority research study called PRINCIPLE.  

The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19.

You could be eligible to join if:
  • You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
    • new continuous cough or
    • high temperature or
    • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
  • OR have had a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
  • You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness OR
  • You are aged 65 and above 

If you would like to know more about COVID-19 research and how you can contribute, please visit which is run by the National Institute for Health Research.

PRINCIPLE Trial Poster


Friday, August 28, 2020

GLAD Study – Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression

The GLAD Study is a project set up to explore risk factors in individuals who have experienced depression and/or anxiety, including those with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, OCD or related disorders, at any time in their lives.

The study aims to better understand depression and anxiety in order to find and develop more effective treatments.  You may be eligible to take part if you are:
  • Aged 16+
  • Living in the UK
  • Experiencing clinical levels of depression and/or anxiety
  • Or have experienced these in the past

Find out more by going to

You can take part in the GLAD Study by following the sign-up steps – they are designed to be easy to complete:
  1. Register on the GLAD website and read the information sheet
  2. Provide your consent to take part using the online form
  3. Complete an online questionnaire to see if you are eligible (takes about 30 minutes)
  4. Send a saliva DNA sample through the post, using a freepost envelope – please note: this element is currently paused due to the Covid-19 situation
Once you have completed the above steps, you will be able to see information on the website about a number of optional questionnaires or other research studies that are being carried out.

If you are interested in joining the GLAD Study but have more questions, visit the FAQ page at

Alternatively, you can contact the study team via: 
  • Email: 
  • Freephone: 0800 634 4504
  • Telephone: 0207 848 1638

Friday, August 14, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry

The National Institute for Health Research has launched an NHS COVID-19 Vaccine research registry.  This will help people across the UK sign up for information on the new COVID-19 vaccine studies taking place in their area.

If you would like to find out more about UK coronavirus vaccine research in your area, please visit the website at:

Friday, July 31, 2020

Interested in finding out more about research?

Are you interested in finding out more about the health and social care research that is taking place across the UK?
Would you like to take part in an online study?

For more information, please visit the NIHR ‘Be Part of Research’ website at:  

Friday, July 10, 2020

Join Dementia Research

Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK, and over 25 million people in the UK have a friend or family member with dementia.

Dementia research offers some hope. It can help people living with the condition now, as well as helping to prevent people from developing dementia in the future.  But for research to progress, researchers need more people to volunteer to take part in more studies.

This is why Join Dementia Research has been set up.  It is a service which allows people to register their interest in taking part in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies.

If you would like to help research teams across the UK who are working to improve our understanding about the condition, develop effective treatments, improve care and maybe one day find a cure, you can sign up to Join Dementia Research at:

Anyone over the age of 18 can sign up, including people with dementia or memory problems, carers for people with dementia or memory problems, and anyone else who is interested in supporting dementia research.

By signing up, you will be able to:

  •          Find out more about studies you might be able to take part in;
  •          Connect with researchers to show an interest in their studies;
  •          Help to improve dementia care and treatment.