Identifying the sites where your research will take place is essential, and it is recommended you start to approach sites early where possible to get them on board with your study. Sites will each have to agree that they have the capability and capacity to take part in the research and a separate agreement or signed statement of activities is required to formalise this arrangement.
If your study requires any specialist equipment or skills this may affect which practices can participate in your study. You may also be looking for a specific demographic. In these instances, for portfolio studies, the NIHR CRN (National Institute for Health Research – Clinical Research Network) can help. For commercial studies, please see here for details.
For help from the CRN with study setup please see here.
For help identifying GP practices which may be interested in your research area, please contact us.