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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 we are recruiting to


ESMA -  pre testing a face to face intervention by text messaging service or smart phone app 
to support adherence to medications prescribed for high blood pressure


METNA RA – using an electronic survey to validate a new methotrexate treatment adherence 
tool in rheumatoid arthritis


IPCAS-  to evaluate a new model of care for stroke survivors living in the community


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.

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.

Letters have gone out to people we think are suitable, but if you did not get a letter or you have lost it and you are interested contact the surgery or research team – details below.

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

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