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Welcome to the Research and Innovation Area where you can read about why research is important, the research projects Royal Primary Care is involved in and most importantly how to become involved in medical research.

Royal Primary Care is delighted to announce that we have been accepted into the Primary Care Research Site Initiative Scheme​ (RSI Scheme)

The RSI Scheme is a program offered by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It supports GP Practices taking part in research and it will give us the opportunity to work with Clinical Research Network East Midlands to deliver NIHR research in our community.

The scheme will provide us with the infrastructure, funding to enable us to develop and maintain research capacity, as well as capability to contribute further to research studies. ​

What does this mean to you as a patient?

We are already supporting research studies and you might have seen advertisements in our surgeries or you may have been approached if you were suitable for one of the studies we are already recruiting for. We will be expanding the number of research studies we are taking part in. You will be approached if you are suitable but you have no obligation to take part in it but we will be delighted if you can take this chance to help us improving the care that we deliver to you.


We are delighted to announce that both  RPC Clay Cross and RPC Chesterfield have achieved the accreditation as RCGP Research Ready® Universal Level​ practices.

Research Ready® is a quality programme aimed for research-active UK GP practices and it provides information, support and guidance to the whole practice team to  engage with research​ in Primary Care.

Research Ready® is a quality assurance programme for all research-active UK GP practices. It is designed in line with the UK Research Governance Framework’s legal, ethical, professional, and patient safety requirements. The programme serves to provide information, support and guidance to accredited practices in research; both to assist with meeting the requirements above, and with considering and conducting research.

RCGP: Improving patient care through participation in research

An Investigation of Skill Mix in Primary Care study

We are delighted that we are taking part on the above study which is part of a larger NIHR-funded study.

The study aims to explore the views of Practice Managers across England about the employment of new types of practitioners (e.g. physician associates, advanced practitioners, community pharmacists, paramedics, and others) in GP practices.

Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing Study

Do you suffer from arthritis? We might need your help

This new study done by the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre is currently recruiting for a study investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing, led by Professor David Walsh is aiming to understand arthritis more.

This research focuses mainly on a need to re-evaluate and consider the mechanisms of pain in arthritis sufferers, working towards better treatments through a better understanding. Those who suffer from arthritis can experience pain in the structures of their musculoskeletal system, which is made up from muscles, bones, and joints. While conditions like arthritis are known to inflict pain in these areas, even normal ageing can affect this system. This can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as pain and fatigue, in turn negatively affecting people and preventing them from doing the things they need and want to do.

During the study, participants will be asked to fill in a simple questionnaire about their musculoskeletal health and wellbeing. Participants will be asked to consent to filling in an updated questionnaire every year for the next 5 years. In turn, researchers will use this information, along with information on participants’ health records to facilitate a nested study design.

If you are eligible, you will receive shortly a text message and a letter giving you more information.

If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our clinicians for more information or the Lead GP for this study, Dr Beltran-Martinez.

Dr Adrian Beltran-Martinez 

Lead GP Royal Primary Care Clay Cross and Grassmoor.

Genetics and Research Lead GP

Royal Primary Care Clay Cross & Grassmoor

Eldon St, Clay Cross, Chesterfield S45 9NR

01246 866771

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