Research Practice




Swanscombe & Bean Partnership participates in research activity and we work closely with the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Our research leads are Dr Naren Srinivasan, Dr Helen Ramsey and Dr Shailesh Sinha.

Research we do is used to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases and improve patient care– in other words to try and find better ways of looking after patients and keeping people healthy

Patients at Swanscombe & Bean Partnership are involved in many studies including:

  • Principle Clinical Trial for COVID-19
  • CLASP trial
  • Barcode study
  • Fluenz Tetra study

There are many various ways you as a patient can become involved in studies:

  • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
  • You may be sent information through the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant
  • You may read information about a current study in the patient waiting room or on the surgery website and wish to take part by contacting your GP

What you need to know

All clinical research carried out is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees, ensuring it is appropriate and safe to perform

Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.

You are under no obligation to participate in any research project.

Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decided not to take part in a research study

You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain further details about a study.

If you do agree to take part in a study you will be asked to sign a consent form. This will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research study. Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent.

So don’t be surprised if you are asked to take part in a study and yes, it’s okay to ask about what studies we are involved with, or if you are interested in taking part.