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Research Studies

Queen Square Medical Practice has won a national GP award and is also in the running for another prestigious accolade next month, for its clinical research efforts and achievements.


Queen Square Medical Practice has been announced as the winner of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Clinical Research Network’s (CRN) Practice Award 2016, which rewards the efforts of primary care individuals and teams for supporting clinical research.


The practice has also been shortlisted as a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Clinical Research Impact award for an entry titled ‘The Lancashire North approach to increasing research in the local population’. Now in their 35th year, the most sought after accolade in British healthcare recognises, celebrates and promotes the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcases them to the service’s most influential leaders.


Queen Square’s latest success follows on from being shortlisted as a ‘Best clinical research team’ at the North West Coast Research & Innovation Awards 2015.


Dr Simon Wetherell is the lead research GP at Queen Square whose other interests include diabetes. He is a senior partner of Queen Square Medical Practice and also an honorary lecturer at Lancaster University.

The practice’s research nursing team consists of Nicky Harding, Julie Robey and Sarah Bland, who are all essential to the practice’s continued growth in clinical research activity.


We are all extremely proud of winning the RCGP Practice Award, as well as being shortlisted as a finalist for the HSJ Clinical Research Impact award. We are grateful that our hard work and dedication to clinical research has been acknowledged and rewarded by peers and colleagues within healthcare

We would like to congratulate our team but more importantly thank the hundreds of patients that take part in research at Queen Square every year to help make the care that we provide even better for the future.


Queen Square is up against 10 other NHS finalists in the Clinical Research Impact category of the HSJ Awards and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on 23 November 2016

Diarrhoea study for patients aged 18-70. Please click this link for more information

The Research Team would like to say a big thank you to all of the babies and mums that took part in the CPSS study.

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BBC UK | Toddlers' ' should get heart risk test'

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The Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) is a provider of primary care and linked data to researchers in the UK and worldwide, for observational and interventional public health studies. CPRD data has been used to produce over 1700 peer-reviewed research studies across a broad range of health outcomes. See our Bibliography page

The primary care database held by CPRD is known as GOLD. GOLD contains the anonymised, longitudinal medical records of patients registered with contributing primary care practices across the UK. Data has been collected from GP practices since 1987.

As of October 2016, there are 711 GP practices and 14.64M acceptable, research quality patients in GOLD, representative of the general UK population with respect to age, sex and ethnicity (Herrett et al. Int J Epidemiol. 2015;44(3):827-36).

CPRD GOLD contains patient registration information and all care events that general practice staff record in order to support the ongoing clinical care and management of their patients.

For any more information please go to:

Effect of Oral Prednisolone Study

The Patient Research Experience Survey 2017/18

On average 30,000 participants take part in clinical research each year across the North West Coast. PRES seeks to understand participant experiences of taking part in research in our region and forms part of a national initiative involving all NIHR Clinical Research Networks. The results will be used to inform future strategy to promote research to patients and the public. We would be grateful if your organisation could promote PRES so that we can ensure as many research participants views are gathered. Click the link below to get involved!

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