At Nightingale Valley Practice we take an active role in medical research projects and work in partnership with many university hospitals, universities and other organisations.  We are a Research Ready accredited practice.


The research team consists of:

Dr Katharine Alsop – Lead GP for Research

Debbie Blackmore – Research/Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Kathryn Gould – Research Health Care Assistant

Zoe Roberts – Research Administrator


At  any  one  time  the practice will  be  involved  in,  and  recruiting  participants  for various

on-going studies. We may invite you to participate but will not release your details without your consent. We encourage our patients to become participants as it may improve healthcare for you and future generations.


If you are interested in taking part in a research study:

Please feel free to contact any of the above team if you would like further information, or would like to participate in future studies

Ask your GP or Consultant to consider any trials or other well designed studies that you may be suitable for (eligible)

Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway for information about clinical trials running in the UK. You can enter your postcode and find out information about studies close to where you live.

Visit the web pages for your local Clinical Research Network

View and listen to the experiences of people who have taken part in research                                                                                     



As a research practice, Nightingale Valley Practice is now able to offer patients with influenza like illness a swab test for Covid 19.


Eligibility is for patients of any age with flu like symptoms, and able with a parent to understand instructions, can take nose swabs. The swab kit will contain instructions and a post bag so that it goes directly back to the study team. The surgery is informed of the results.


Eligibility includes a temperature of 38C measured or suspected by patient, and cough.

You must be within 7 days of your symptoms starting.


The GP surgery clinical team can talk to patients over the phone and provide kits for those eligible. If you feel you have influenza/Covid symptoms then please ring the surgery.






Nightingale Valley Practice is supporting vital COVID 19 research. As part of this, we are helping to carry out a national priority research study called PRINCIPLE.

If you have symptoms of COVID 19, are aged 65 or over, OR are aged 50-64 and have an existing health condition, you may be eligible to join this important study.

If you'd like to discuss taking part in PRINCIPLE, please contact us.

Please see for full details of this study.

If you'd like to know more about COVID 19 research and how you can contribute, please visit the Be Part of Research site,, which is run by the National Institute for Health Research." 

PRINCIPLE Patient Recruitment Poster

COVID-19 Social Study

UCL has launched a study into the psychological and social effects of COVID-19 in the UK.


The results from this survey are vital if we are to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on individuals.


They will help to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks, identify which groups are most at risk, and understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in.


The study is open to all adults in the UK. Participation involves answering a 15-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter 10-minute follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.

Please follow the link below to complete

NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research

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

 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 earlier.

NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research

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