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NIHR CRN Generic Research - York

The Generic Research Team facilitates studies and support clinical staff within many speciality areas both within the hospital and out in the community.

Hospital based studies

Within the hospital, the portfolio is extremely diverse and we work closely with a number of speciality departments.  Some of out studies involve us working with teams well established in research.  However we are also passionate about getting other departments and allied health professionals not usually involved in research to take part.

Recent studies conducted within the Trust have included; using non-invasive cardiac output monitoring in an attempt to reduce post-operative complications in hip fracture patients; evaluating the efficacy of a combined drug programme in men with overactive bladder symptoms as well as evaluating the effectiveness of a biological mesh in reducing hernia incidence in patients undergoing stoma closure.  We have a very varied portfolio across a very wide range of specialties.

Community based studies

Our research nurses also run trials out in the community.  They are responsible for engaging and training both GPs and research nurses at site so that studies can be run on a large scale in primary care.  One example, the HEAT study involved recruiting 6,600 patients nationally.  This study aimed to test whether a one week course of antibiotics used to eradicate Helicobacter pylori in patients using aspirin would reduce the incidence of peptic ulcer bleeding.

As well as studies run in GP surgeries we engage with many different organisations.  ENRICH, a large national project coordinated in Yorkshire and Humber by our research nurse Sally Gordon, is dedicated to breaking down barrier to carrying out research in care homes - a very important demographic which is often missed by researchers.

Key Contacts

Name, Job Title Email Telephone Number
Carla Bratten, Senior Community Research Nurse 01904 72 1002
Rebecca Tait, Research Nurse 01904 72 1957
Sally Gordon, Reserach Nurse 01904 72 4574
John Whitwell, Clinical Trials Assistant 01904 72 1004
Lisa Carr-Knott, Research Delivery Facilitator 01904 72 5122

1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

York and Scarborough

147 research studies open to recruitment


4588 patients recruited into clinical trials