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).

Why take part in clinical research?

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

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.

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 – call the surgery to volunteer – we would love to hear from you.

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.

What studies are we currently offering?

Here are some examples of the studies we are currently inviting patients to take part in:

We also see patients who have already been enrolled into:

  • Type 2 Diabetes Study – a weekly injectable treatment not routinely available in the UK 
  • PriMUS (Urinary Symptoms in Men) – Gold standard tests and a plan to improve symptoms
  • SUPPORTBACK2 (Supporting self-management of low back pain with an internet intervention)


We also help with national surveillance of infectious diseases in the community

Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre logo


Our Research Team


Dr Patrick Eavis
Principal Investigator & GP Champion

With over 25 years experience of commercial clinical trials in all major treatment areas, Dr Patrick 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

With 25 years experience working in phase 2, 3 and 4 clinical trials, Dr Johnson has dedicated commercial trials sessions with the team and has involved hundreds of patients in clinical trials.

Mary Anne Fifield
Research Nurse

Mary Anne has experience in primary care research (GP Surgery) and secondary care research (hospital) and also works 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.

Our Resources

  • Investigators with 25 plus years experience
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) trained Research Nurse
  • GCP trained Research Co-Ordinator
  • GCP trained doctors
  • 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
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • 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
  • Vaccinations
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sore Throat
  • Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in infants
  • Dermatology
  • Diet & Lifestyle