Clinical Research

Clinical research is an essential part of making healthcare better.

Clinical research can lead to new treatment or provide evidence of the best available treatments for a clinical condition.

Without research there would be no new ways to treat you. It is just as important to your healthcare as your doctor or your hospital.


Researchers can provide direct benefits to individuals who take part in medical trials and indirect benefits to the population as a whole. Service user records can also be used to identify and invite people to take part in clinical trials, intervention studies, or studies purely using information from medical records.


Where identifiable data is needed for clinical research, service users will be approached by the organisation where treatment was received, to see if they wish to participate in a research study.

If you do not wish your information to be used for research, whether identifiable or non-identifiable, please let your GP practice know.

Legal basis

The data subject has given explicit consent to the processing for one or more specific purposes.

Sometimes research can be undertaken using anonymised or aggregated information that does not identify you. The law does not require us to obtain your consent in this case. However, the organisation holding your information will make notices available on the premises and on the website about any research projects that are undertaken.

For further information on clinical research, click here.