As GP teams we experience the majority of patient contacts in the NHS. The increasing drive to provide care closer to home brings with it a need to boost primary-care based research to build the evidence-base underpinning the care that we provide.
Research-active organisations are proven to have improved patient outcomes, higher patient satisfaction and better workforce recruitment and retention. What’s more, there’s lots of support and funding available to help GP teams to get involved in research.
Not sure where to start? Without doubt, time and workload pressures are the biggest barriers to GP teams getting involved in research. Check out ‘Quick and Easy’ for simple, minimal-effort ways to start your research journey.
‘Engage your patients’ highlights various exciting initiatives to get your patients interested and involved in research.
Worried about the medico-legal implications of carrying out research in your practice? Check out ‘Research FAQs’ which aims to provide the reassurance you need.
Already doing some of the ‘Quick and Easy’ stuff and want to find out how you can get more involved in practice-based research AND be remunerated for it? Check out ‘IIncome through research’ for next steps.
Read about other GP teams’ research journeys in ‘Frontline research stories’ and share yours too!
And finally, these pages mostly focus on how you and your team can engage in collaborative research led by external researchers (based at universities, centres of excellence and commercial companies etc). If you are interested in leading your own research, check out ‘Become an academic GP’ for more information.