Research Get Involved

We regularly undertake medical research at Alcester Health Centre, all studies are completely voluntary and conducting high-quality clinical research helps us to keep improving NHS health care.  Here are some details on the studies we are recruiting for at the moment.

To find out if you are eligible to take part in one of our research studies you can call or email us for details:

01789 763248


The Warwick Pain and Insomnia Study: To reduce distress and disability, and improve sleep in patients suffering from chronic pain and insomnia.

Why are we doing this study?:  To compare different ways of reducing distress and disability and improve sleep in patients suffering from chronic pain and insomnia.

Which patients can take part?: Patients that have chronic pain or have insomnia/sleep difficulties, are English-speaking and  are aged between 18-65 years.  If you meet the inclusion criteria for taking part you may be required to attend the GP surgery for 2 hours each week over a 4 week period and will also be asked to commit to participating in the study for 12 weeks.

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Corran - 07892 718562


Febuxostat Versus Allopurinol Streamlined Trial (FAST): Comparing the effects of two different treatments for gout

FAST (Gout research) - Streamlined Trial (FAST) comparing the effects of two different treatments for gout.

Why are we doing this study?: FAST is a safety study, requested by the EMEA, of Febuxostat versus standard urate lowering therapy with allopurinol for chronic symptomatic Hyperuricaemia.

Which patients can take part?: Potential patients are identified from the computer databases of participating general practices. For those patients who express an interest, FAST research nurses will conduct patient interviews, provide patients with information about FAST, obtain informed consent from patients willing to participate, and carry out all the initial data entry and associated administration. if you have gout and would like to enquire about this research please contact the relevant FAST (Gout) contact below. It’s free to ask for some details from FAST and they would be happy to talk to you.

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01382 383119


CHESS Frequent Headaches Research: Chronic Headache Education and Self-management Study

Why are we doing this study?: This study is called CHESS (Chronic Headache Education and Self-management Study) and it is looking at ways of helping people affected by frequent headaches. The study is important because there are very few other studies of non-drug treatments for headaches.

Which patients can take part?: anyone who suffers from cluster headaches, migraines or frequent, persistent or semi-frequent Headaches can apply to take part in this research study, contact the relevant CHESS Contact above.

CHESS Warwick clinical trials unit

02476 151 634 Logo


All Heart Study: A Heart Research Study

Why are we doing this study?: We are doing this research because we want to improve the treatment of patients with Ischaemic heart disease (IHD). The study will investigate whether adding up to 600mg Allopurinol daily to the medication of patients with IHD, will reduce their risk of having a stroke, heart attack or of dying due to cardiovascular disease. We will also measure quality of life and the cost-effectiveness of allopurinol treatment in IHD.

Which patients can take part?:  Patients aged 60 years or over, with a diagnosis of angina or myocardial infarction at any time or other evidence of ischaemic heart disease.

Patients with renal impairment or who already have gout cannot take part.

National institute for health research

NHS National Insitute for Healh

0115 823 1053


CANDID Cancer Diagnosis Decision Rules: Cancer research study

Why are we doing this study?: is an observational study. It aims to find out which symptoms and examination findings are the most effective in predicting a subsequent diagnosis of lung OR colon cancer.

Which patients can take part?: anyone with lung or colon cancer can more than likely take part in this research study, for more details or to take part in this study please contact the relevant CANDID contact above.  



07884 733057


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