Being a Research Active Practice 

Westbury on Trym is an NHS Research Active practice. We are an NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) level 2 research practice which means that we undertake several NHS research studies each year. We work with a number of universities on ways to improve the NHS and are currently working on studies led by the Universities of Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton.

As a research practice, we are part of studies that involve anonymised data being shared, this data is used to inform the Department of Health regarding, for example,  flu epidemics, prescribing information etc. This helps us to constantly monitor the quality of our work and keep up to date.


So, what does all this mean for patients?  

You may be offered services by us which are part of a medical trial, sometimes this involves new types of medication or new therapies, sometimes both. Services might be offered which involve you meeting with a researcher or involve some more detailed work with one of our own clinical staff. You might be asked to complete questionnaires or to give your opinion to researchers during interviews.

Your participation in research is voluntary and not taking part will not affect your care in any way – it is entirely up to you how much you want to get involved.  

We take your personal data very seriously and adhere to the latest data protection guidelines


Research Studies currently open


A study looking at the prevention of stroke, premature death and cognitive decline in a broader community of patients with atrial fibrillation.

Anti-depressant withdrawal study

A trial examining the best way to stop taking anti-depressants when patients are well and ready to stop.


A study examining the best way to manage pain associated with shingles.


A study looking at whether low dose aspirin reduces the chance of first heart attack or stroke in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).


A study aiming to improve hip screening in babies and the identification of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH).

Knee Osteoarthritis

Examination and gait training for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.


A study regarding eczema and food allergies in young children.

Upcoming Studies


A study examining antibiotic use in the treatment of cellulitis of the legs.


A study regarding Co-enzyme Q10, is it helpful for patients with heart failure?


 A study examining online activity and young people’s mental health in primary care.


A study on the screening and treatment of malnutrition.