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Medical Research

Grove Surgery staff and patients undertake Medical Research Studies.  All staff involved in Medical Research have completed competency training in Good Clinical Practice in ethical and scientific quality standards in clinical research. 

Our practice is research active.

All NHS organisations are expected to participate and support health and care research.

Conducting high-quality clinical research helps us to keep improving NHS care by finding out which treatments work best.

If you are asked about taking part in research, usually someone in the care team looking after you will contact you. People in your care team may look at your health records to check whether you are suitable to take part in a research study, before asking you whether you are interested or sending you a letter on behalf of the researcher.

For more information about how your information may be used in research and your rights please visit


Karen Norcott - Research Nurse   

Karen qualified as a RN in 1987 from the Royal Free in London. She has worked in the NHS and private sectors and even spent a short time nursing in Munich.

Karen moved to East Anglia in 1997 and has specialised in research since 2000, working in GP surgeries and hospitals across the region.  Karen has worked on a wide range of research studies.

Karen now lives in Norfolk and joined the Breckland Alliance in January 2018. Karen will be working on research studies in School Lane, Grove and Watton surgeries.


The data collected can benefit patients of all ages now and in the future.

Current studies include:

Current studies include:

IQuit - Improving quit rates among smokers in primary care.  Investigating the effectiveness of tailored web text messages base on intentions for smoking cessation. This study has now closed to recruitment.

Garfield - Designed to collect information on treatment and outcomes of patients newly diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation.

BEST 3 - The investigation of patient presenting with reflux symptoms for the early detection of diagnosis.

CLASP 5/Renewed Aims to evaluate an online intervention offering lifestyle and wellbeing support for cancer survivors, called Renewed.

USP To explore what happens during the diagnostic journey of patients with urological symptoms, and how, why and then missed diagnostic opportunities might occur during the testing process.

MAPS - Aims to develop a new service to support and improve the health of people with type 2 diabetes and/or hypertension by providing additional information on how to best take their prescribed medications. This study is now closed to recruitment.

PSOREAL Learn more about how psoriasis is managed in real life, in patient who are prescribed topical treatments. Based on the answers provided by you, your study doctor will learn about how psoriasis affects patients and how to best keep the symptoms under control. we are looking for patients who are looking to change their treatment or have had no treatment in the  past 3 months and are willing to fill in some questionnaires on line over the course of a year. This study finishes 31 December 2018.

POST STROKE FATIGUE – not enough is known about feeling tired after having a stroke and the study team want to learn more and how the health care team can support stroke patients better

VIRTUAL REHAB PHYSIO PROGRAMME – looking at a 12 week exercise programme for people who have had a stroke and one arm is affected. The programme is looking at developing a physio programme which you can do at home via a TV or Xbox.


Staff will contact you via letter or telephone if you meet the criteria for these research studies.

If you are interested in taking part in any future studies in this or alternative medical areas then please contact the research team on 07342 373042 or to add your name to our waiting list.

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