Research Practice

Current Studies

These include:

  • Safety of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine – the Drug Safety Research Unit at Southampton University want to hear from those who have had the vaccine, whether or not they have had problems. For more information visit goto.dsru.org/covid or call 0800 619 6222.
  • The PRINCIPLE study is an Urgent Public Health clinical trial investigating treatments for people aged over 18, with COVID-19 symptoms. More details at www.principletrial.org
  • BASIL – Enforced isolation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to disruption of daily routine, loss of social contact and loneliness, which may in turn impact on mental health. This Urgent Public Health study aims to prevent or mitigate depression and loneliness among older adults with multiple health conditions, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Oxford RCGP RSC Flu Surveillance – A study which aims to monitor the spread of respiratory viruses (including influenza, COVID-19, RSV) and measure the effectiveness of influenza vaccinations through the winter season.
  • ATTACK – This study aims to find out whether people with CKD should take daily low-dose aspirin to reduce the risk of a first heart attack or stroke.
  • Vesalius – A study to evaluate the impact of evolocumab (a once a week injection) on major cardiovascular events in patients at high cardiovascular risk, without prior myocardial infarction or stroke.
  • INTENSE – We know that all sorts of things can get in the way of taking medicines as prescribed. This study aims to find out what gets in the way of taking medicines for diabetes and high blood pressure and whether using things like messages to smartphones can help people with this.
  • GSK RSV 006 – An efficacy study of GSK’s investigational respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine in adults aged 60 years and above.
  • Discover Me – A nationwide research study that aims to analyse the health and genetic information of thousands of people. Are you over 18 years old and interested, then sign up – you will sign up, have a mouth swab taken for your DNA sample and then the study team will follow your health for 20 years. There is no upper age limit (Recruitment is currently paused).

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 the NHS Health Research Authority website.

We are an accredited research practice and are currently taking part in many different studies.

If you are interested in taking part in any future studies then please contact the research team on 07342 373042. Alternatively, please email the team on or marium.asghar1@nhs.net to add your name to the waiting list.


  • 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.