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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

Research Newsletters - The Vine Spring 2018

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

DESMOND – Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing or Newly Diagnosed

DESMOND is a nationally accredited course for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

It’s pretty unique. It is an education programme specifically designed to support you the person with diabetes to become the expert. The fully trained educators are there to help you increase your knowledge and understanding of what having diabetes will mean for you and how you can manage your care effectively. It is an opportunity to meet and share experiences with others.

DESMOND as a programme can be delivered over one day course or 2 half day (equivalent)sessions.

You are invited to join a small group of up to 10 people with Type 2 Diabetes. You will be given up to date information and learn practical skills to manage your diabetes. The DESMOND programme is built around group activities, but there will be opportunities for individuals to speak to an Educator on their own if they wish. An opportunity will be provided to discuss and explore factors relating to diabetes such as food choices, activity and medication. You will also be able to meet and talk to others in the same situation. The sessions are delivered in an informal and friendly atmosphere. It is not like being back at school! You can bring your partner, family member, carer or friend, they will be very welcome.

The course can be accessed by people that have been newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (within first 12 months of diagnosis) but also those who have established Type 2 diabetes.


Courses are delivered in both health care settings and local community venues. A full list of locations across the Fylde coast can be found here:

View the patient story – Getting to Grips with Type 2 Diabetes 

This video is also available in the following languages:

  • Gujurati
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi
  • Polish

Interested in finding out more?

How to Access

DESMOND is free to access. You can simply self-refer by contacting the DESMOND Team on 01772 777620 or ask your doctor, practice nurse or healthcare professional to refer you to DESMOND.

For more information on the programme contact the DESMOND TEAM

Tel: 01772 777620 email

Diabetes education will help give you the confidence to manage your diabetes day to day – Learn to live well with Type 2 diabetes.

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Queen Square Medical Practice contributes to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)

Information in patient records is important for medical research to develop new treatments and test the safety of medicines. This practice supports medical research by sending some of this information from patient records to CPRD.

CPRD is a government organisation that provides anonymised patient data for research to improve patient and public health. You cannot be identified from the information sent to CPRD.

If you do not want to anonymised information from your patient record to be used in research you can opt out by speaking to one of our Doctors.

For more information about how your data is used please visit:

Garfield Study

Please click on the following link to read a paper that has been published about the Garfield 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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