Current Research Studies

Covid-19 PRINCIPLE Study

A nationwide clinical trial aiming to find treatments for COVID-19 for older people in the community.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, which started within the last 14 days may be eligible to join the PRINCIPLE trial if they are over 65or over 50 with an underlying health condition.  

The PRINCIPLE Trial is entirely remote. You can participate from the comfort of your own home with no face to face visits required. The trial team and your own GP will be available for you to contact throughout.



CLIMB Project

Researchers from the CLIMB Project team (Clinical Informatics for Mind and Brain Health) based at the University of Cambridge would like to know your views on health data sharing. 

The team are looking for men and women aged 16 or over (or under 16 with parental permission), who currently live in the UK, to take part in an anonymous online survey about health data sharing. The team have found that the survey takes on average between 15 and 20 minutes to complete but you can take a break in the middle if you prefer, and all questions have a prefer not to say option. There is the optional opportunity to leave an email address at the end should you wish, to receive the results of the survey when it has finished.  The survey will close at the end of September 2020.

It is important for the research that you tell them where you heard about the survey, but only if you are happy to do so. When asked ‘we would like to know where you heard about this survey..’ please tick the ‘GP (via a POSTER, LEAFLET, from a STAFF MEMBER, TEXT, GP SOCIAL MEDIA, EMAIL, NEWSLETTER etc.)’ box and when prompted click Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre.



NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry

The NHS COVID-19 Vaccine research registry will help people across the UK sign up for information on the new COVID-19 vaccine studies.

The registry has been developed as part of the UK Government’s Vaccine Taskforce, in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), NHS Digital, and the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Governments. It will help large numbers of people to be recruited into the studies over the coming months, potentially leading to effective vaccines being identified and made available to the UK public against coronavirus earlier.

The registry aims to recruit 500,000 volunteers by the end of 2020 and generate fast recruitment to vaccine studies. It will also create a ‘research ready’ population for future health research studies and enables researchers the opportunity to engage with those who want to be involved.


Key points for your users:

  • Signing up is your choice, you can change your mind and withdraw at any time
  • By signing up, you give permission for researchers to contact you about taking part in NIHR approved UK COVID-19 studies - you are not signing up to take part in those studies
  • You will be asked for your name, date of birth, postcode, sex registered at birth, gender and ethnic grouping. There are also some questions around your health that will help identify if you are suitable for particular studies
  • Information will only be shared with researchers working on UK COVID-19 vaccine studies, approved by the NIHR

SHAPE Programme

SHAPE is a group-based research programme aimed at helping people who have recently been diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia and their carers. Participation in this study involves either receiving treatment as usual, or taking part in a weekly online group programme for 10 weeks with 4 other people with dementia. Each week, the group will discuss topics that combine approaches of self-management and health promotion. We hope the programme helps people’s mood, well-being, and health outcomes.

The SHAPE study helps to improve quality of life, well-being, and health outcomes in people with dementia and their care partners. As the research activities requested for this study are purely promotional there are no financial reimbursements available, however practices support of this study will count towards their performance in the annual Research Site Initiative Scheme.

This programme will continue until 31st October 2023.



The ERICA Study

Electronic Risk Assessment for Cancer

Our practice is one of over 500 GP surgeries across England working with researchers at the University of Exeter on a large research study

The researchers are trying to find out if a new computer-based risk assessment tool can help to identify cancer earlier

Half of the GP surgeries will be given access to the risk assessment tool and half will not

We are taking part in the study

Patients may be contacted by us and invited to take part in the research to:

  • Explore your experience of care
  • Discuss your current health
  • Look at the NHS services you are using