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Patient Research Experience Survey – The Results

A few months ago The National Institute for Health Research asked for feedback on the patient of clinical research taking place in the NHS.

Thank you to all those that took part, your responses will help improve the way clinical research is delivered in the NHS. You can view the final report below.

Patient Research Experience Survey – Final Report



Can you help with our latest research studies?

We are currently inviting people to help with the following research studies.

AF – GEN observational Study
If you have Atrial fibrillation and were diagnosed in the last 12 months then you are eligible for this study.


If you are eligible, your GP or Nurse may give you a patient information sheet when you attend for your next routine appointment. However, if you meet the above criteria and are interested in helping us, you can contact:

The Research Nurses; Janet Rhodes, Tracey Waller or Jane Davies on 01270 275053 or via email

The BARACK – D study
If you have been told that you have Chronic Kidney Disease (reduced kidney function) then we may contact you about this study. This study is looking at a potential new treatment for preventing heart disease and kidney damage in people with Chronic Kidney Disease. However, if you meet the above criteria and are interested in helping us, you can contact:

The Research Nurses; Janet Rhodes, Tracey Waller or Jane Davies on 01270 275053 or via email


Please note that recruitment has now closed for the following studies:

  • SUSTAIN 10 Study
  • FAST Study
  • PACE Study
  • SPRINT Study

As always a huge thank you to everyone who has given up their valuable time to contribute to the Research Activities.


Behind the Headlines: Weight Management May Reduce the Need for Type 2 Diabetes Medication

The Mail Online reports that “Diet and exercise are better than drugs at controlling type 2 diabetes”.

The Mail Online comments on a new Scottish study aiming to see whether attending a lifestyle weight management programme improves weight and blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes and obesity.

The study, which involved more than 20,000 adults in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area looked at those who had type 2 diabetes and a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, so they would be considered clinically obese. Some (3,471) were referred to a 20-month weight management programme involving exercise advice, counselling, and a calorie-restricted diet of 600kcal per day. People were classified as completing the programme if they attended at least 8 sessions, and were considered “successful” if they lost at least 5kg.

People who successfully completed the programme (lost at least 5kg) improved their blood sugar control and didn’t need to increase their diabetes medications compared to those not referred or who didn’t successfully complete the programme.

The study generally shows that lifestyle weight management programmes can help obese people lose weight and improve their diabetes control. However, it highlights a “real world” problem of how many people would be willing to stick to the rules of the programme. In this study less than 10% of people referred successfully completed it and experienced benefits over the 3 years.

It would be useful to explore the reasons so few people successfully complete such programmes and see if there are ways they could be modified to make them more “completable” for people with type 2 diabetes and obesity.

For more information on the study, visit NHS Choices.