Fakenham Medical Practice feels research is of vital importance and is keen to promote, develop and participate in research studies and trials. In the last 5 years, 341 Fakenham patients have taken part in research studies and it is thanks to our patients that this current year, we have been named as one of the top 5 recruiting practices in the East of England to research in primary care. Fakenham has a particular specialist interest in obesity and metabolic diseases and was fortunate to receive a legacy from Rona Marsden to fund research at the practice. We are working with the Norfolk Community Gut Research Group on a number of innovative studies based in primary care.

Research Team

At Fakenham Medical Practice, we have a dedicated research team:

  • Dr K Powell
  • Dr B Coghill
  • Dr C Hughes
  • Nurse Sharon Thompson
  • Nurse Sharon Stebbing
  • HCA Linsey Wilcox
  • Kim Houlton (Administrator)

All Fakenham Medical Practice research staff have undergone good clinical practice (GCP) training. GCP is a key requirement for anyone involved in the conduct of clinical research as it forms the standard and guidelines to which all research is conducted.

Current Studies

The Fakenham Medical Practice is currently participating in the following studies:

  • ATTACK: to test whether adding aspirin once a day can reduce the risk of major vascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease.
  • Barack D Study: a 3 year study looking at the benefits of spironolactone in patients with chronic kidney disease.
  • IQUIT Study: a study aiming to improve quit rates amongst smokers in primary care using a tailored web and text message intervention.
  • NOAR: an observational study looking to monitor incidence of Inflammatory Polyarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in a community setting.
  • PRINCIPLE: a national priority study to find treatments for COVID-19. The study aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and speed recovery for people in the community with symptoms of COVID-19 (a new or worsening continuous cough and/or a high temperature which started less than 15 days ago). People must be aged 65 and over, or aged 50-64 with underlying health conditions to be included in the study.

We are always willing to listen to our patients so if you have any ideas or comments about existing research studies, or suggestions about new research, we would welcome your comments.

If you have any queries about research at Fakenham Medical Practice, please contact us.