Practice Update- our involvement in research


As a practice we are constantly looking at ways of improving the health of our patient population and increasing our knowledge and skills to help deliver continually improving care. One way we do this is to work closely with the Clinical Research Network (CRN) which implements research studies with the aim of helping GPs and nurses. For example, in Leicester we are fortunate to have an internationally renowned diabetes research team at The Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) located at the Leicester General Hospital. The LDC runs many studies through general practices like the Croft Medical Centre. Specialist nurses are involved and studies provide a welcome look at groups of patients in a more specialised way.

Quite often new diagnoses, early interventions and real improvements in patient outcomes can be observed over the study. Study participants will receive an enhanced intervention above and beyond routine clinical care. Often, these new ways of working offer significant improvements over current routine care and eventually, it results in becoming part of the routine care patients receive in the future.

All the studies we will take up will be carefully selected by our doctors and tailored for our population of patients. You may be invited to participate if your GP or nurse thinks you would be eligible to help with the research projects currently being carried out. If this happens you can ask for further information from one of the Croft team or the study team directly. All invitation letters will have been sent out from the Croft Medical Centre by one of our team.

Your participation would be completely voluntary and we must stress that a decision not to take part in, or to withdraw from, a research project will in no way affect your normal treatment. All studies will provide their own resources, nursing and support staff, therefore not impacting on the practice or its staff. Furthermore, all studies will have been through vigorous ethics and local approvals to ensure they pass the highest standards of patient care, confidentiality and safety.

It is also important to let you know that all the studies we will be involved in will focus on improving patient care and will not be commercial in nature. They will generally be funded by the research arm of the NHS.

If you have any comments, concerns or questions please contact our PPG at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our practice PPG is fully supporting our desire to enhance patient care and we see this as an important part of this on-going process.

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You can view our 'Research Ready' certificate, which has been issued by the Royal College of General Practitioners, here

Recruiting Research

We are currently involved with the following research this year (2020/21. Please contact the surgery on 0116 2711740 to see if you are eligible. Please note, some of the research may be closed for further recruitment by the time you contact. 

  • PRINCIPLE. This is a clinical trial looking at patients aged 50-64 with comorbidities and patients aged over 65 with or without comobordities and presenting with Covid symptoms (first 7 days of symptoms). The objective is to assess effectiveness of treatments to reduce the need for hospital admission or worse. Patients will be randomised so not all patients eligible will receive the trial medication, but all should receive testing kits and other measures.


  • ECO Study. This is a trial looking at patients aged 0-25 years who suffer from eczema. The research team have created a website that can support young people with eczema. Eligible patients would have already received a letter in the post.


  • PREDICT Study. This is a clinical trial being performed through the University of Leicester at the Glenfield Hospital. It is open to patients with type 2 diabetes between the age of 50 and 75 and do not already have a diagnosis of heart disease or vascular disease. The aim of the trial is to understand why people with diabetes are at higher risk of developing heart problems. Eligible patients would have already received a letter in the post.


  • NEON Trial. This is an online study for patients who experience psychosis or other mental health problems or for someone who may care for an individual mental health problems. It shares narrative experiences online which may help you. Please visit  


  • EXCEED Study. The EXCEED Study is trying to understand why people from ethnic minority communities seem to develop #Covid19 more severely than others. If you’re over 18 and live in the Midlands; #BePartofResearch and get involved:


  • ICTA Project. ICTA (Integrating Care for Trans Adults) is a research project looking for trans people to take part in an anonymous survey looking at experience of healthchare. To do the survey online click here.


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