Clinical Research

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Dr Johnson & Dr Eavis lead Heart of Bath’s award-winning Research Team (scroll down to meet the team).

Modern medical care is based on evidence from research, leading to the development of new & improved patient treatments.  Heart of Bath patients are able to participate in this research giving them opportunities to contribute towards the improvement of care.

Heart of Bath is the most active practice in the (clinical research) network … 

Please call, email or message us if you have any questions.



 What studies are we involved in?
Click below to find out more or call 01225 423250

The SAFER Trial – Screening for Atrial Fibrillation with ECG to Reduce stroke

A programme of research investigating screening to detect atrial fibrillation, a heart condition responsible for one in ten strokes.

Target population recruited… thank you to all patients who consented

University of Cambridge Trial team will be sending out handheld ECGs to consented patients.  Please return in the Freepost envelope provided once 3 weeks of home recordings are complete.


PRINCIPLE Study – Finding treatments for Covid-19 Symptoms





Integrated therapist and online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression in primary care – click the logo to go to the website




Primary care Management of lower Urinary tract Symptoms in men: Development and validation of a diagnostic and decision-making aid (The PriMUS Study)



VitaDEx Study   

A University of Bath research study to understand whether exercise improves health through the release of vitamin D and other molecules ‘trapped’ in our body fat.


Participants will receive:

  • £250 Love2Shop vouchers
  • a free 3-month gym membership
  • a personalised report to include in-depth body composition, physical activity and dietary analysis data
  • a personalised exercise programme
  • reimbursement of travel to and from the University
  • the provision of food/drink after each visit which requires arriving at the University fasted


The Active Brains Study

An interactive website for people aged 60-85 designed to help with lifestyle changes and brain training activities that can help to keep the brain and body healthy.  Please contact us on 01225 423250 if you would like to find out more.



– Nasal sprays vs activity for Respiratory Tract Infections – Recruitment Closed


  a study of immunity to COVID-19 and other common respiratory infections – Recruitment Closed



Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre logo  National surveillance of infectious diseases in the community



 – click the logo to go to the JDR website

a service which allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies.


Our other studies 

SANTORINI an observational study to help doctors improve the care of patients with high or very high cholesterol

MET52Meningitis (MenACYW) Vaccination for Babies – before your baby has their first vaccinations

Venous Leg Ulcera wound care device study

Type 2 Diabetesa weekly injectable treatment not routinely available in the UK

SUPPORTBACK2 – Online support for self-management of low back pain

CLASP Renewed – Online support for those recovering from Breast, Prostate or Colorectal cancer

Psychological impact of COVID- 19- pandemic and experience: An international survey Now Closed – Thank you to everyone who completed this. 



How to take part

You may be invited by letter or phone call if you meet the criteria for a study – look out for posters in the waiting room or call the surgery to volunteer – we would love to hear from you.

Do I have to take part?

No – there is no pressure, it is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.

Is our research safe and ethical?

All our research studies have been approved by the appropriate authorities and our Research staff and doctors are fully qualified and trained.  Some of our studies only involve gathering information, however if a medicinal product is offered the potential risks and benefits will be explained by our doctors and nurses verbally and in writing so that patients have plenty of time to decide if they want to take part.


Thank you

We would like to thank the hundreds of patients who have volunteered their time and commitment to take part in research over the years.  Their contribution has helped to make the care we provide even better for the future.


Meet the team


Dr Patrick Eavis
Principal Investigator & GP Champion

With over 25 years experience of commercial clinical trials in all major treatment areas, Dr Eavis is the GP Champion for the National Institute for Health Research, and also a past member of the local Local Research Ethics Committee.

Dr Tim Johnson
Principal Investigator

Dr Johnson leads the Heart of Bath Research Team with over 25 years experience working in phase 2, 3 and 4 clinical trials.  He is dedicated to the safety of our patients and ensuring our research is carried out to the highest standards.

Mary Anne Fifield
Research Nurse

Mary Anne has experience in primary care research at our doctors surgeries and secondary care research in hospitals, also working as a facilitator and joint programme lead for a National Institute for Health Research communication course.

Becky Cumpson 
Research Coordinator

Becky has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors improving performance and developing business. She is keen to offer good quality research studies to as many patients as possible.

Nabina Gurung
Clinical Trial Coordinator

Nabina has experience in hospital oncology studies, is VERY good at organising and loves working in research.


Our Resources

  • Investigators with 25 plus years experience
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) trained Research Team
  • GCP trained doctors, nurses and phlebotomists
  • High recruitment levels, top UK and European recruiter
  • Excellent audit results
  • Independent, fully equipped unit and spacious monitoring facilities
  • Onsite pharmacy and pharmacists

Examples of our Trials expertise

  • Vaccinations – Adults and children
  • Remote consent
  • Online self-management of disease
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Urinary Symptoms in men
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Opioid Induced Constipation
  • ENT (Ear Nose & Throat conditions)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Eczema
  • Acute Cough
  • Dyspepsia
  • Cancer Pain
  • Pneumonia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sore Throat
  • Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in infants
  • Dermatology
  • Diet & Lifestyle


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