Current Research Projects

If you are eligible, you will have been sent an invitation to participate via SMS or letter. If you think you are eligible and are interested, but have not been invited, please do contact the research teams directly below:

Rested Trial

Status: Open

Depression is a very common and impairing condition.

There are reasons to think that poor sleep is an important contributor to depression and that if sleep could be improved, depression would improve too. Previous research has shown that we can improve sleep quality using a nurse-supported behavioural treatment.

  • This treatment involves reviewing your current sleep pattern and supporting you to follow a new, personalised sleep schedule.
  • In this study we want to find out whether using this treatment to improve sleep will improve depression and, if so, how it works.


T2T in Gout

Status: Open

Researchers at the University of Nottingham are conducting a study together with Keele University and the University of Southampton to look at the most effective way to prevent gout flares in people who have had gout.

You will not be prescribed any new untested medications in this study.

If you agree to participate in the study, you may be advised to take available treatments for gout such as allopurinol at a dose that is sufficiently high to help dissolve urate crystals in your joints.


Dare2Think Trial

Status: Open

We don’t currently know whether giving blood thinning medication can reduce this risk if given to patients earlier than they would normally receive.

This trial will randomly assign patients to either continuing their current care (starting blood thinners when they are older) or given a blood thinning medication at a younger age.

  • If you are eligible for this trial, you will have been sent a text message or a letter.
  • If you participate in this study, you will not need extra visits to your doctor.
  • You will be sent a questionnaire every 6 months to complete on your mobile phone or any internet-connected device.

Our aim is to improve the care of patients with atrial fibrillation and help doctors choose the right medication to prevent long-term complications.


Stream Trial

Status: Open

Eat well, feel well, stay well (The STREAM Trial) Screen and treat for Malnutrition 

This trial will identify older people (75 and over) who live in their own homes who may be at risk of malnutrition.

We have developed an intervention for older people and for healthcare professionals who work in Primary Care. We will identify patients who may be at risk of malnutrition, based on diagnostic criteria, and then compare our intervention with usual care, to see what effect it has on the participants’ quality of life and infections over 18 months.

Discover Me

Status: Open

This study is a nationwide research study looking into how health and genetic information can allow us to better understand disease.

If you are eligible, you will have been sent a text message throughout in January 2024.



Research in the NHS in collaboration with the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

The NHS is committed to the innovation, and to the promotion, conduct and use of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population.

Clinical Research is a major driver of innovation and central to NHS practice for maintaining and developing high standards of patient care. Participating in Clinical research allows patients to get access to new interventions, treatments and medicines.

Ultimately, investment in research means better and more cost-effective care for patients. 

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, they deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people's lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.

Woodlands Medical Centre is part of a network of local practices participating in research activities under the banner of National Institute for Health and Care Research Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South Midlands (NIHR CRN TVSM). The CRN TVSM is hosted by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire. 

Find out more about the work of the National Institute for Health and Care Research


Support for Primary Care Research

The NIHR works with researchers and primary care practitioners such as GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists and dentists to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS. We support a wide range of research including studies which look at:

  • Promoting a healthier lifestyle
  • Disease diagnosis and prevention
  • Management of long-term illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension
  • Prevention of future ill-health
  • Treating common conditions such as influenza

Practice collaboration with research data registries

Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)

We are part of Clinical Practice Research Datalink which means that we contribute de-identified data to CPRD (Clinical Practice Research Datalink) for public health research. CPRD is a real-world research service supporting retrospective and prospective public health and clinical studies and is jointly sponsored by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the National Institute for Health Research (National Institute for Health and Care Research), as part of the Department of Health and Social Care. 

Individual patients cannot be identified from this information but you are able to opt out if you prefer. Protecting the confidentiality of patient data is paramount, and only anonymised patient data is provided to researchers.


Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research Surveillance Centre (RSC)

We are part of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research Surveillance Centre (RSC) which means that we contribute de-identified data to the RSC for public health research.  The RSC is an active research and surveillance unit that collects and monitors data, in particular Influenza, from practices across England. 

Individual patients cannot be identified from this information.