Most research in primary care is conducted in surgeries which are supported by Wessex Clinical Research Network (CRN) through the Research Site Initiative (RSI) scheme, delivering recruitment to predominantly non-commercial National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) approved studies.
The range of involvement ranges from practices affiliated to the RSI scheme with occasional engagement with studies, through to sessional practices who are involved in numerous studies delivering higher levels of recruitment.
One sessional practice, Wareham Surgery, in 2017/18 was able to recruit over 500 patients (approximately 13% of the patient population) over a portfolio of 26 studies, more studies than any other primary care site in NHS England.
The success here is down to the support provided by Wessex CRN, allowing the funding or primary care research fellow, and specific research sessions for clinical and administrative staff, coupled with the enthusiasm to engage with research, having seen the positive returns.
Effective use of clinical software (TPP Systmone) is behind much of the research activity at this site, where detailed and accurate reports can be developed to identify patients who may be eligible for studies.
These reports can and are shared across the Systmone platform across Dorset and nationally.