As part of Norfolk and Waveney ICS, OneNorwich Practices is committed to its Research Strategy 2019-2023. This strategy aims to achieve health benefits for patients by participating in medical research; this will enable patients to live more independent and healthier lives.
provided to OneNorwich Practices by the NIHR CRN Eastern and the Norfolk and Suffolk Primary Care and Community Research Office.
Leading the field
As a measure of success, statistics show that 55% of OneNorwich's Practices are research active compared to only 42% nationally. Thus OneNorwich Practices are keeping ahead of the national trend in research carried out in community settings.
OneNorwich Practices recruited 33% (They represent <20% of the total patients in the area) of the total number of patients recruited into research studies in Norfolk and
Waveney in 2020/21. This is a magnificent
achievement when one takes into account the very difficult circumstances in
which general practices have been operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The best research performing OneNorwich Practices in 2020/21 were the joint St Stephens Gate and Newmarket Road surgeries with a total recruitment figure of 768 participants into seven healthcare studies including two prominent COVID-19 studies which had national importance.
The Primary Care Research Forum is an important part of the OneNorwich Practices research activities as it enables staff from interested practices to gain information at first hand from the research trial teams. It also runs a Research Hub through which individual Norwich practices can receive support in setting up or delivering research studies.