Research Practice

Cotswold Medical Practice is a ‘Research Ready Accredited Practice’ and member of the Primary Care Research Network. We participate in a variety of research studies that have been approved by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This means we are working to find ways of improving the care we provide and help to inform future developments in health care.

Cotswold Medical Practice has formed the Cotswolds Research Collaborative with 4 other local practices in Winchcombe, Rendcomb, Moreton in Marsh and Chipping Campden. The research work across all the practices in the collaborative is lead my our Research Nurse Lara Peniket

You may be invited to participate, either by a letter through the post or during an appointment at the surgery. All clinical research is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees to ensure that it is appropriate and safe to perform. You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn at any time. You are under no obligation to participate in any research project and your care will not be affected in any way if you decided not to take part.

COVID-19 Studies

Serology (Blood Sample) Study

You may be offered the opportunity to provide an extra sample at your pre scheduled blood test. This is sample is being used by Public Health England (PHE) to look at the background immunity of the population to COVID-19. You will not receive any results from this blood test.


This study will examine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of commonly available nasal sprays and a brief physical activity and stress management intervention in preventing and reducing the incidence and severity and duration of respiratory tract infections among patients who may be at risk of serious infection during the COVID pandemic.

Current Studies

Active Brains

This study compares a new website designed to help older adults look after their brain and body health with the aim of preventing cognitive decline. The website will help older adults make simple changes such as getting more active, playing brain training games and finding ways to eat more healthily.


The aim of this trial is to determine if screening for Atrial Fibrillation in people aged 70 and over leads to reduced incidence of stroke compared to usual care and what impact it has on outcomes such as effectiveness and cost effectiveness.

Clinical Practice Research Datalink

The practice is working with the Medicines & Healthcare products regulatory agency & National Institute for health research contributing anonymised data for the Clinical Practice Research datalink (CPRD).

CPRD data is used for approved medical and public health research including:

  • Investigating side effects of medicines
  • Investigating causes of disease and medical disorders and associated risk factors
  • Looking into the outcomes of treatments
  • Examining areas of unmet medical need
  • Identifying ways of improving screening or diagnosis
  • Evaluating which services or treatments work best

Find out more about CPRD at

RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre

The practice is working with the RCGP research and surveillance centre contributing pseudonymised data for national research and important public health surveillance (Covid-19, Influenza etc.). This data enables continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community and is used in ethically approved research.

Find out more about RCGP at


This is a study for children aged 6-16yrs. The study aims to find out how best to use inhaled steroids to treat children with mild asthma.


Multicath aims to find out whether using a mixture of re-usable catheters and single use catheters is as safe and acceptable for intermittent catheterisation as using single-use catheters alone.


DaRe2THINK will test the hypothesis that Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) are effective at reducing strokes and vascular dementia compared to no treatment, in patients with Atrial Fibrillation.