Research Active Practice!

Dr U Akbar - Barkerend Health Centre Is a Research Active Practice                                                                                                                                                                                                         Image result for yorkshire and humber esearch active practice     

DR Akbar, Barkerend Health Centre Medical Practice is undertaking Research Ready accreditation, which me

ans that we meet the minimum requirements of the Royal College of General Practitioners for undertaking healthcare research in primary care in the UK.

Our GP Research Lead within the practice is Dr U Akbar

We take part in high-quality medical research through the Clinical Research Network: Yorkshire and Humber (formally Primary Care Research Network) within the NHS National Institute for Health Research.  

NHS medical research helps to improve the health and well-being of the nation.

Primary care is the setting for the great majority of NHS patient contact and will play an increasing role both in the care of patients with long term conditions and in disease prevention and early diagnosis.

If a patient is eligible to join a research study running in our practice, a GP or other healthcare professional will provide written information. Taking part in a research study is voluntary and can be beneficial to patients who participate in them.

We aim to give our patients the chance to take part in research if they want to.

Your participation in the research studies is completely voluntary and if you decide to take part, you can withdraw from research studies at any time, without giving reason and without penalty or effect on the standard of care that you receive.

We work in close collaboration with a team of GPs, research nurses and facilitators. 

Examples of research projects include:

    • Investigating Timing Of Taking Blood Pressure Medication
    • Investigating Respiratory Infections
    • Management Of Heart Failure
    • How To Increase Physical Activity
    • Ways To Help People Stop Smoking

The Practice is currently active in research Trials & Studies:


Alpha Trial NHS funded research study.

This is a nationwide trial is recurting NHS patients from 27 hospitals across England, Wales and Scotland and there is a recurting hospital ready to accept new patients within your local area.

To find out more about the ALPHA Study:

    • Website:
    • Twitter: @LICTR_Alpha 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss in more detail.

If you would like to know more about research taking place you can contact the practice or visit:

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