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Research at Civic Medical Centre

The NHS Constitution states that research is a core function of the NHS. Research is important because it provides innovation and growth to the NHS through inspection and analysis of new medicines and treatments as well as patients and staff to develop understanding and knowledge so that medical professionals can provide the highest standards of patient care. Investment in research means improved, more cost effective care for patients.



National Institute for Health Research

In 2006, the Department of Health set up The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to make advancements in health and general care across the nation through Research. The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) was introduced to provide infrastructure to the NHS to allow high quality research to be set up and delivered efficiently and effectively. Civic Medical Centre works closely with NIHR as well as other practices, participating in research trials for NIHR North West Coast. To find out more about the work of the NIHR Clinical Research Network go to their website.

What is Primary Care Research?

The CRN Primary Care speciality works in collaboration with researchers and primary care practitioners such as GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists and dentists to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS. A wide range of research studies are supported which look at:

  • Promoting a healthier lifestyle
  • Disease diagnosis and prevention
  • Management of long-term illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension
  • Treating common conditions such as tonsillitis or influenza
  • Prevention of neurological diseases such as dementia
  • Mental and physical health awareness

What are the benefits of taking part in research?

  • It offers patients access to new treatments
  • It brings a new dimension to practice and added skills to those involved
  • It provides national gold standard training for research
  • It offers mentorship and support to those involved in research within practice
  • Benefits our future through development of medicine

How can you take part and help research progress?

  • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
  • You may receive a text message or email from the practice asking whether you would like to participate in research
  • 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

All clinical research carried out at Civic Medical Centre is thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees thus 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 and surgery 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.


Research Changes Lives

Research can save lives, find new treatments and help people be healthier and happier for longer.

Doctors, nurses and other health and social care professionals learn more by doing research. But this is only possible when people, including children and young people, take part in research studies.

In fact, last year, nearly three quarters of a million people took part in health and social care research.

Why take part?

  • You may want to improve health and care for everyone, or because someone you care about has an illness
  • If you have an illness or condition , you might be able to try a new treatment
  • You might learn more about your condition
  • Your health may be monitored more if you take part in some studies
  • You will help researchers learn important new information

Ask your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional about research you can take part in or look at our research pages below for links to how you can take part.

Our Team

Civic Medical Centre is part of a collaborative between 3 general practices based in Wirral and we have been conducting research since 2022. The collaborative is “research active” meaning we take part in a wide range of studies. Currently, we are recruiting for and participating in, multiple trials that are taking place across the globe by working with research facilities and universities to further medical research and knowledge. Due to our success in medical research, we are hoping to grow our research capacity and are predicting an increase in volume of research trials over the next year.

Active Trials



The trial will use health information already collected in the NHS to reduce the time taken for research, both for patients and NHS staff. This will allow the NHS to reach new and larger groups of patients that could benefit from new treatments. The first trial targets an important health concern, aiming to improve the health outcomes of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), by reducing the risk of stroke, blood clots and potentially cognitive decline and vascular dementia.


REported Outcomes in COPD With Trixeo in Real worlD (RECORD)


The RECORD study is a prospective, non-interventional study to be conducted in the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany. The study aims to generate data to describe the real world effectiveness of Trixeo for patients with COPD who receive Trixeo in routine clinical practice. It also aims describe patients HRQoL, physical activity and treatment satisfaction, and will explore patients’ sleep quality and adherence to inhalers in the real-world. This data may provide important information for practicing physicians.



The Oceanic study is looking into a new anticoagulant (blood thinner) that is to be used for stroke prevention in AF patients but is expected to have a much lower risk of bleeding. Current anticoagulants are effective at preventing stroke but leave the patient with a roughly 3x risk of a major bleeding event than a patient not on these medications. 18,000 patients will be recruited worldwide, then they’ll be randomly assigned either a current-standard blood thinner or the new medication, which is called asundexian. Study participation is roughly 2-3 years and follow up will be every 3 months to start, then every 6 months once fully settled on the study.



Radial is a study investigating both how Diabetes can be managed in the future and also how clinical trials will be performed. It involves using some technological devices to measure glucose and to dispense insulin, that allow the clinic to monitor both of these values. The study is asking for patients with Type 2 diabetes who are on insulin and the study consists of switching to Toujeo, then monitoring blood sugar levels, insulin requirements and assessing how quickly patients become stable on this insulin, as well as the frequency of hypoglycemic events. The hypothesis is that the study will show that technology and remote monitoring can make this process easier and safer.



The Victorion study aims to find out if adult patients with high cholesterol and a high cardiovascular risk can be treated with the use of inclisiran to help prevent cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks, strokes and death). Inclisiran has been shown to be safe and effective at lowering LDL-cholesterol. The study will help understand if a reduction in LDL-cholesterol with inclisiran will also prevent these cardiovascular events occuring. The study hopes to have approximately 14,000 active participants across 45 countries.

Research Collaborations


Synexus Clinical Research Medical Centre

Synexus is one of the largest clinical trial organisations in the world, with 7 dedicated sites in the UK and approximately 200 globally. Here at Civic Medical Centre, we have worked with Synexus Research Merseyside on trials such as Exhale-2 and Exhale-4. Both of these trials are 52-week studies looking as the use of a new drug called Dexpramapexole, on top of standard inhaled medications, for treatment in Asthma. Specifically, the trials are looking at overall lung function as well as the amount of Asthma attacks in people with moderate to severe eosinophilic asthma.

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