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.

Please call or email if you have any questions.


What studies are we involved in?

Psychological impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and experience: An international survey  The survey is open to anyone over the age of 16 and able to complete the online questionnaire. We would encourage everyone, including staff, patients, friends and family to take part.  Please ensure you select ‘GP Practice’ and ‘Heart of Bath Medical Partnership‘ when asked.  The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete and you can take it directly here by clicking on the link below:     

 Psychological Impact of Coronavirus Survey


 a National study for older people run by the University of Oxford – potential treatments for COVID-19 symptoms – click the logo to go to the website



Integrated therapist and online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for depression in primary care


  a study of immunity to COVID-19 and other common respiratory infections- click the logo to go to the website


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

PriMUS (Urinary Symptoms in Men)Gold standard tests and a plan to improve symptoms

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

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

ERICA –  Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

Immune Defence – Nasal sprays vs activity for Respiratory Tract Infections

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

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.


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 or 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.


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 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, 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
  • 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
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sore Throat
  • Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in infants
  • Dermatology
  • Diet & Lifestyle