Research and Innovation Confederation

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The aim of the confederation is to support Primary and Pharmacy practices to engage in research and innovation.

The confederation will:

  • Promote engagement in research and innovation
  • Increase participation in industry research
  • Work in partnership with regional and national research support groups
  • Identify and (if not available through partner organisations) support specific training and development of member practices for the purposes of industry studies
  • Work in partnership with local NHS organisations including Foundation Trusts and Academic Units

Member practices include:

Dr Burrell and partners, Blackhall and Peterlee

Dales M&M Pharmacy

Dr Jones and partners, Harbinson House

Dr Lumb and partners, Weardale practice

Dr Metcalfe and partners, Carmel practice (Darlington CCG)

Dr Miah and partners, The Haven Surgery

Dr Prinsloo and partners, Jubilee Medical Group

The Directory for Research and Innovation:

The Directory of Research and Innovation gives further details about the confederation and member practices. Please click here: to download the Directory as a PDF.

Partnership working:

The Research Confederation is exploring opportunities to work in partnership with the wider NHS and research community. We hope that joint bids for research will be submitted over time and we will develop systems of working with other research teams to widen access to research for all.

Centre for Clinical Research and Innovation, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust:

Research Design Service, Durham University:

Research and Development Team, North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS):

GCP training:

The NIHR team advise that the GCP training should take 3-4 hours to complete online but recommend that it should be completed in 1 block of time, if possible. They advise that you should register on the LMS system through your NHS Net email account and that you should receive confirmation in 1-2 days. Once you have received notice that your registration has been activated, you can access the training.

For further information, please see the PDF guides on the LMS system.

Useful weblinks:

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research Ready Scheme:

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Research Ready Scheme:

Clinical Research Network (CRN) for North East and North Cumbria:

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR):

Further information:

Updates and meetings for the confederation will be posted here

Directory for Primary Care Research and Innovation

Directory of Research and Innovation Sep 2014

Society for Academic Primary Care Conference, Kendal 27-28 November 2014


The R&I Confederation submitted an abstract for this northern regional conference and were invited to give an oral presentation at the conference last week. The presentation focused on the development of the R&I Confederation, together with the development of another Research Alliance (a research confederation from the Redcar and Cleveland area (NE Community Health Network)). The two groups and research leads (Dr James Larcombe and Dr Teik Goh) have been working together to share ideas and practice across the two confederated models.


The ‘Going for Gold’ presentation slides are available to download from this webpage.

Going for Gold presentation SAPC Nov 2014

Next meeting of the R&I Confederation

The next meeting of the Research and Innovation Confederation will be held on Thursday 5 March 2015 at 1:15 to 2:30pm at the Jubilee Practice, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4SE. This will be an informal group to review the first research study (BIOCSL flu vaccine), share progress and discuss practical support for practices to deliver research.


Morag Burton (CRN Industry Support Team) and Laura Kirkbride (R&D, NECS) will be there to give an overview of their teams’ roles in research and what support they can offer to GP and Pharmacy practices who are keen to undertake research.


The invitation is open to all practices who are interested in research – all welcome. Please notify Amanda McGough at so we can confirm numbers. Thank you.


Are you getting Research Ready?

The Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society both offer a ‘Research Ready’ accreditation team for GP and Pharmacy practices. The schemes enable practices to develop systems and processes to manage and deliver research in the practice.


GP practices who have achieved Research Ready include:

  • The Haven Surgery
  • Peaseway Surgery
  • Jubilee practice
  • Harbinson House
  • Silverdale Practice
  • William Brown Centre
  • Carmel Practice
  • Blackhall & Peterlee
  • Coxhoe Practice
  • Willington Practice


Lisa Crowther (Assistant Practice Manager, Jubilee Medical Group, Newton Aycliffe) and Amanda McGough have put together some ‘Top Tips’ for practices seeking first or reaccreditation for the schemes. The ‘Top Tips’ are available for download from this Research and Innovation webpage.


For further information on the Research Ready schemes, please go to the RCGP & RPS Research Ready weblinks on this webpage.

PRESS RELEASE: M&M Pharmacy awarded Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Research Ready accreditation

As part of the continued development of the DDES Research and Innovation Confederation, we are delighted to announce that M&M Pharmacy have been awarded the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Research Ready accreditation, one of the 1st Pharmacies in the North East region to achieve this.

M&M Pharmacy have 3 practices based in the Bishop Auckland and Shildon areas.

The Pharmacy group is able to offer patients pharmacy support with:

  • Medication – medicine use reviews
  • Newly prescribed medication service

Mrs Patricia King, the Superintendent Pharmacist, has been actively supporting research and was keen for her Pharmacy to join the R&I Confederation. Patricia has taken a lead role to promote Pharmacy research in the local area and has supported her staff in undertaking the self-accreditation to prepare the practice to deliver research.

Patricia comments “There is very little documented evidence for community Pharmacy services but tremendous potential for supporting patients in all aspects of their health and care. Good quality research must be the way forward.”

The clinical and research interests in the practice include Mental Health and Elderly Care, Discharge, Asthma and COPD and anticoagulation. The Pharmacy group have already been involved in service evaluations and audits including Discharge medication (collaborative project) and an anticoagulation review and audit.

There is a NIHR Community Pharmacy Research Champion, Gemma Donovan, appointed in the LCRN area as part of the Primary Care Speciality Group to promote delivery of research through community pharmacies and to encourage Pharmacists to be research-active.

The RPS Research Ready scheme is complementary to the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Research Ready scheme. Both schemes have been developed with the support of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

More information on the RPS Research Ready scheme can be found at:

Amanda McGough

Research Facilitator, DDES R&I Confederation

May 2015