Primary Care research

Stowhealth is an active member of the Primary Care Research Network

Stowhealth practice is actively involved in clinical research and always recruiting patients to participate. Research is important because it helps to improve your healthcare by finding out which treatments work best, and by discovering new ways of treating illness.

Over 500,000 people took part in research in England last year.

Research is carried out in different formats:

  • Completing a questionnaire
  • Requesting the use of your anonymised data
  • Taking part in an interview
  • Testing new treatments, interventions or devices
  • Experiencing new combinations of treatment

Who are the Primary Care Research Network East of England

The mission of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS, is to maintain a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

The Primary Care Research Network East of England (PCRN EoE) is one of eight national research networks working together with the Comprehensive Local Research Networks (CLRN) to provide a wide range of support to the local research community.  Our Practice participates in research activity and works closely with the Primary Care Research Network East of England , allowing more opportunities for more patients to be involved in research should they wish.

By building on and extending existing academic and service partnerships, research collaboration across the East of England is further strengthened.

The PCRN EoE also helps our practice by supporting us to recruit and take part in clinical studies through their locally based research nurses and network coordinators.


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