Newton Place Surgery is research active.  We are currently taking part in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) high quality research studies.  Research is part of NHS work, giving patients better access to the possible benefits research brings.  Last year, over 600,000 NHS patients chose to take part in clinical research.  Thanks to those patients, we are learning more all the time about a whole range of medical conditions and the best ways of treating them.

During your visit to Newton Place Surgery you may be invited to take part in one of the research studies we are running or we may have written to you to tell you about a research study you might be interested/eligible to take part in.

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.


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.

By taking part in these studies, we hope to help improve care for our patients in the future.

Research Team:


Dr Vanessa Short, Dr Marthe Enger-Malasi, Kate Billingsley (ANP), Natascha Lynes, Hannah Walton & Rachel Borthwick.




 Studies at Newton Place

Past Studies Currently Active Studies Future Studies
  • Relieve IBS-D
  • Principle 
  • Chronic Urticaria
  • Retrospective Covid-19 Survey
  • Convalescent Serology
  • Erica
  • Recap
  • Reduce 
  • DaRe2THINK
  • Arrisa
  • Magnify
  • Discover Me
  • Artic
  • Isofit-BP
  • GP Teams
  • Archie
  • Attack
  • Flu Vaccination Safety Surveillance
  • Support2Back
  • Active monitoring of the safety of Covid-19 Vaccine
  • Casnet
  • Stream
  • Clasp
  • Appletree
  • Decide
  • Immune Defence
  • Hyvet
  • Psychological Impact of Covid-19
  • Heat
  • Imp2art
  • Promise
  • Low Mood and Anxiety Clinic


Current Studies:

Can you spare some time to help GPs improve community care and services?

The NIHR, National Institute for Health Research, are looking for participants from the surgery. They would like to hear your views on how GPs and community care can be improved.

If you would like to take part and be awarded £20 for your time, please contact or call 07415 020 489 and book your place.


A clinical trial led by the University of Oxford exploring treatments for COVID-19 is taking place at Newton Place Surgery.  Ten patients from Newton Place have already taken part in this study, along with over 4,500 people from across England.

You are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days or less.

AND: You have had a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days

AND: You are aged 18 or over

If you fit into one of the above groups ,please visit this website for more information or alternatively contact the Newton Place research team

Currently active: YES

Convalescent Serology

This study, led by Public Health England and the University of Oxford, is looking at blood samples from patients who have recovered from COVID-19.  Blood samples taken from patients who have had and are recovering from a confirmed COVID-19 infection will help researchers to understand the antibody response following infection.  This in turn will help with the work to develop important new tests for detecting coronavirus infection. Blood samples are taken at the following dates post infection: 3-6 weeks, 12 weeks, 20 weeks, 9 months and 12 months.

22 patients from Newton Place are already taking part in this study

Currently active: YES


REDUCE -REviewing long term anti-Depressant Use by Careful monitoring in Everyday practice

This study, led by the University of Southampton, aims to identify feasible, safe, reliable and cost-effective ways of helping patients withdraw from long-term antidepressants, where this is appropriate. The researchers are looking to explore the difficulties people experience when withdrawing and identify factors that patients and practitioners think might help people to withdraw.

Please contact the surgery research team for more information or if you would be interested in taking part.

Currently active: YES, recuitment has begun. 


Do you have COPD? Newton Place Surgery is participating in a research study called MAGNIFY which aims to support treatment use in patients with COPD through the use of a new type of device.  The device monitors inhalations and sends messages to the user’s smartphone to remind them to take their daily dose.  It also allows healthcare professionals to monitor patients’ inhaler use and provide more personalised support.  The research study is managed by the Observational and Pragmatic Research Institute (OPRI) and funded by Novartis AG.  It is already being conducted at approximately 200 GP practices across the UK.

Please contact the practice research team if you would like to find out more about MAGNIFY.

Currently active: YES


IsoFit-BP isometric exercise for people with raised blood pressure

Support a local piece of research developed through the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust! The IsoFIT-BP study is trying to find out whether a particular form of static (isometric) exercise can help to reduce blood pressure in people who have mild hypertension but who are not taking medication for it.  Isometric exercise involves holding a fixed body position, like a wall squat, for a very short period of time.

If you are interested in finding out more or taking part in this study, please contact the surgery research team. You can also visit the study website here: IsoFIT-BP Study (

Currently active: YES



Does low-dose aspirin reduce the chance of a first heart attack or stroke in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD)? This is a large-scale academic study, being led by the University of Southampton, to see whether or not patients with chronic kidney disease should take aspirin daily to prevent a first heart attack or stroke. It is recruiting patients from GP practices across the UK, and looks to invite 198,000 patients.

Currently active: Yes, recruitment stages.


Psychological Impact of Covid-19

Can you help increase our understanding of the impact of coronavirus and changing of restrictions on our mental health?

Researchers are asking people to complete a short, 15 minute questionnaire about the impact coronavirus has had on their lives and how people are coping with restrictions changing. They will use this information to support our understanding of how our mental health and wellbeing may be being affected by the pandemic but also what may be helpful for people. If you would like to participate, follow the link below. This study will close on 30/09/2021

Currently active: Yes. Currently 993 patients have participated in this study.

Future Studies:


ERICA- Electronic Risk Assessment for Cancer .

A team led by researchers at the University of Exeter has developed new electronic risk assessment tools (otherwise known as eRATs) to help GPs identify possible cancer. The eRATs have two main functions: the prompt and the symptom checker. The prompt appears as a pop-up on screen when a patient has at least a 2% risk of one or more of the seven cancers in the eCDS software.GPs can explore the possibility of cancer further in consultation with the patient using the symptom checker function of the tool. The symptom checker allows the GP to add new symptoms and will automatically recalculate the risk of cancer.

Currently active: NO, In the planning and recruitment stages.

STREAM- Screen and TREAt for Malnutrition

This trial will identify patients 75years and over who live in their own homes who may be at risk of malnutrition. The University of Southampton have developed an intervention for older people and for healthcare professionals who work in primary care. We will identify patients who may be at risk of malnutrition, based on diagnostic criteria, and then compare the intervention with usual care, to see what effect it has on the participants’ quality of life and infections over 18 months.

Currently active: NO, In the planning and recutiment stages.

Past Studies:


RECAP- Remote COVID-19 Assessment in Primary Care

The RECAP project is a collaborative effort between the University of Oxford and Imperial College London, aiming to develop a tool to assist primary care providers in the identification of those COVID-19 patients at risk of becoming severe.

Closed as of March 2021 as Newton Place successfully recruited 13 patients to take part in the trial. 

The objective of this study is to produce a multivariate risk prediction tool (RECAP-V1) to support primary care clinicians in the identification of those COVID-19 patients that are at higher risk of deterioration and facilitate the early escalation of their treatment with the aim of improving patient outcomes.

RECAP- Remote COVID-19 Assessment in Primary Care publication 2021


Relieve IBS-D

This study is looking at the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhoea (IBS-D). The primary objective of the study is to test the effectiveness of a treatment called Enterosgel compared with a placebo in terms of patient reported outcomes for stool consistency and abdominal pain.

Closed as of April 2021 as Newton Place successfully recruited 8 patients to take part in the trial. 

ARRISA UK - At Risk Registers Integrated into primary care to Stop Asthma crises in the UK

ARRISA UK is a randomised cluster controlled trial of a brief training of GP practice staff and of the identification and flagging of records of high risk asthma patients to determine if this it may reduce the occurrence of severe asthma related events. In this study design it is the GP practice that is randomised. The study intervention is to provide online training for GPs, Nurses and reception staff in managing care for those asthma patients identified as being at the highest risk of having a severe event (hospitalisation or death); often this involves prioritising all patient interactions with practice staff to maximise the utility of care opportunities to assess and improve the patient's asthma status.

ARRISA is no longer recruting, though as a surgery we find this incredibly helpful to daily care. We have implimented risk stratification to reduce hopital admissions. 

Retrospective Survey of Prevention, Treatment, Occurrence and Outcomes of Covid-19 in the community

Newton Place Surgery has teamed up with the University of Southampton to Help beat COVID-19!
Whether you have had COVID or not, you can help researchers understand how to beat the virus by completing a survey run by the University of Southampton. You could win one of 62 vouchers (£5 to £500). See for more details.

Closed as of April 2021 as Newton Place successfully recruited **** patients to take part in the trial. 

Psychological Impact of Covid-19

Invited to take part in a short questionnaire exploring the psychological impact of the coronavirus, its effect on our emotions, behaviour and wellbeing. The aim of this survey was to better understand how the coronavirus pandemic and resultant restrictions/lockdown are affecting our day to day lifestyle.

Closed as of February 2021 as Newton Place successfully recruited  154 patients to take part in the trial. 

Previous study publications:


Low Mood and Anxiety Clinic

Newton Place Surgery has been working in partnership with P1vital Products Ltd, Canterbury Coastal CCG, the University of Kent and Mind on a research project funded by Innovate UK to provide a walk in clinic available to patients registered with a Faversham GP practice for depression and anxiety. The project involved implementing a new service incorporating digital technology (i-spero® ) within a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals with specialist training.

Low Mood and Depression Summary 2021

Pharmacist detecting AF in primary care during the Influenza vaccination season: A multi-site, cross sectional feasibility pilot study.

Patients aged 65 years or older, attending an influenza vaccination clinic at their practice, were invited to have their heart rhythm checked by the clinical pharmacist. This was to determine whether clinical pharmacists based within GP practices, were able to accurately and effectively screen and diagnose patients for AF, using pulse palpation and a single-lead ECG device. Full article on page 14. 

Health Care Pioneers Publication 2019

A process evaluation of how the routine vaccination programme is implemented at GP practices in England

The aim of this study is to undertake a comparative process evaluation of the implementation of the routine vaccination programme at GP practices in England. In 2017, staff at Newton Place were interviewed in relation to their role in vaccination programs. The data was subsequently published.

Implemented in General Practice- Vaccination programme publication


Research Team Contact Details:

Direct telephone- 07783 308 706