Clinical research news for primary care


Opportunities for primary care, including GM meeting, research offers and new codes for processing invitations to research opportunities.

A chance to network and learn more about research opportunities in primary care will be available at the next meeting held by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Greater Manchester.

The CRN GM primary care meeting takes place on Wednesday, 17 July from 10am to 12noon at Citylabs 1.0, Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9NQ. This is a hybrid meeting, so please register your attendance in advance, either in person or via MS Teams.

It will be chaired by Dr Imran Ghafoor, a GP at Peterloo Medical Centre in Middleton and a GP speciality lead with the CRN.

The NIHR has launched a series of new SNOMED codes for GP practices to use when processing invitations to research opportunities.

Until now, GPs haven’t had a code to accurately record a patient’s dissent from receiving research invitations directly from their GP practice. This may have resulted in practices using codes that were designed for a different purpose.

There are now two clear SNOMED codes to help identify and exclude patients from health informatics tools if they dissent from receiving invitations to research opportunities in primary care:

  • 1771641000000107 | Fully specified name: Dissent to receive invitation from general practitioner practice to participate in research
  • 1771651000000105 | Fully specified name: Dissent withdrawn to receive from general practitioner practice to participate in research

The codes aim to make it easier for people to take part in research and widen those opportunities by assuming everyone at a practice could be invited unless they explicitly dissent from being contacted.

This information sheet explains the action practices may need to take.

Latest research offers from the NIHR CRN Greater Manchester include:

IRIS+ Trial – GP practices in Bolton are invited to take part in the IRIS+ clinical trial.

The University of Bristol, together with IRISi, is aiming to broaden the IRIS Programme to men and children/young people, widening the domestic violence support GPs can provide to the whole family.

The trial will help establish the effectiveness of this new programme.

Recruited practices will be randomly selected to either continue to run normal IRIS, or to access the new IRIS+ intervention.

This includes a free brief IRIS+ clinical domestic violence training session in referring men and children and young people, free access to the expanded referral pathway to all patients, IRIS+ online clinical resources, and free IRIS+ Advocate Educator support.

Joining the study means the NIHR can access your referral data via the local DVA agency and using NHS digital data – there is no additional work for the practice.

Complete this form to express an interest in the study.

INDIGO Community – The study uses questionnaires to help understand how a patient feels about their quality of life and experiences of care.

Using a digital survey tool, the study hopes to run a project that will help understand more about the lives of patients after treatment for cancer.

They plan to see which patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) allow participants to express their quality of life, as rated by the participants. The study will also explore how to keep the amount of time and effort needed to complete the questionnaires as low as possible.

A full list of all available studies in general practice can be found on the NIHR Primary Care Research Hub.

You can also get in touch with the team by emailing:

More information about clinical research and the work of NIHR CRN GM can be found on the PCB website.