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Current research projects

There are many ongoing research projects and campaigns that you can get involved in that are set out below, some of which are supported by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

You can also visit Be Part of Research to search for a research study most suitable for you.

PRINCIPLE trial for older people with Covid-19 symptoms

Help fight COVID-19 by aiding research. PRINCIPLE is a nationwide clinical trial from the University of Oxford to find COVID-19 treatments for the over 50s that can be taken at home. University of Oxford are looking for medicines that can help people with COVID-19 symptoms get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital. The trial is recruiting participants through this website and also through GP practices across the UK.

Researchers at Swansea University are conducting a study to investigate the impact that working with COVID-19 patients has on the mental health of medical and nursing staff. The purpose of the study is to determine whether NHS workers experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder as a consequence of working with COVID19 patients. The survey has ethical approval and can be accessed here.

GLAD study of Depression and Anxiety

This is the world’s largest study of depression and anxiety funded by the NIHR and is part of the NIHR BioResource.

If you are 16+, living in England and ever had clinical or serious anxiety and/or depression? Patients with Bipolar Disorder, BDD, OCD or related disorders are welcome to join. Visit 

Improving the health of people with mental and physical health problems - what are the questions you would like to see answered by research?

As part of the work of the Yorkshire and Humber ARC Mental Health Theme, we want to give people living with both mental and physical health problems, their families, and the health and social care professionals who treat and support them, a voice in deciding the most important questions to be answered by future research. To do this, we are undertaking a research priority setting exercise.

Our aim is to identify unanswered questions about what would help people with mental health problems look after their physical health, and what treatments and services, if examined by research, could make a real difference to peoples’ lives. Working with communities and partner organisation from across Yorkshire and Humber we will then prioritise those that are the most important for research to address and plan how we might respond to them.

If you would like to add your questions and ideas, you can do so by taking part in a short online survey here.

The survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete and you do not need to give your name or contact details, unless you would like to hear more about the survey results.

If you would prefer to complete the survey on paper, you can either email Liz Newbronner on or leave a voice message on 07385 341568 and she will send you a survey form and freepost reply envelope

Join Dementia Research (JDR)

2. Current Research

JDR is pleased to announce that over 20,000 study participants have been involved in vital research thanks to Join Dementia Research

The innovative service allows anyone to register their interest in dementia research so that they can be matched to potential studies they may be eligible to take part in.  Stats released on Monday 5 August 2019, show 20,167 participants in total have now been recruited to studies. 

This is wonderful news, and an important milestone for Join Dementia Research. Launched in February 2015 in response to the Challenge on Dementia, the service has made it easier than ever for people living in the UK to take part in dementia research.  

If you haven’t already signed up and are keen to support Join Dementia Research

please take a moment to log on and register

NIHR Involve

INVOLVE was established in 1996 and is part of, and funded by, the NIHR, to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. It is one of the few government funded programmes of its kind in the world.  For more information please visit

NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination

The NIHR has launched a new Centre for Engagement and Dissemination that brings together its activities in patient and public involvement, engagement and participation with its strengths in research dissemination. Building on the work of the NIHR Dissemination Centre and NIHR INVOLVE, the new Centre will lead NIHR’s work to make health and care research representative, relevant and ready for use. Further information can be found at

NIHR ‘Your Path in Research’ Campaign

This campaign aims to encourage more healthcare professionals to get involved in research, including the helpful ‘four easy ways to get your research career started’ guide.

Coinciding with the birthday of James Lind, a pioneer of clinical trials in the 1700s, Your Path in Research showcases a range of ways healthcare professionals can learn more about the research happening around them every day, as well as how they can take their first or next step in a research career with

the NIHR.

NIHR 'OK to ask' campaign 

The NIHR marked International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) falls on 20 May each year, with its ‘Ok to ask’ campaign calling on patients and carers to ask their doctor about NHS research they can take part in.

In the last year 630,000 people across the UK volunteered to take part in a clinical trial or study. They do so because they want the chance to possibly benefit from new treatments. But also to help others like them, now and in the future, with their condition

NIHR I am research campaign

"I Am Research" gives patients, the public and health and social care research professionals a chance to shout about how fantastic research is. The aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of research and the positive impact it has on people's lives. Please visit for further information.

Campaign to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (CROP)2. Current Research (CROP)

Many doctors and professional bodies are concerned about rising opioid prescribing in general practice. Much of this prescribing is for chronic non-cancer pain, which is often difficult to treat.

There is little evidence for the effectiveness of opioids in chronic pain but accumulating research indicating that the harms of opioids to patients can outweigh benefits. As well as addiction, prescribed opioids are associated with higher risks of hospitalisation, psychosocial problems, and premature death.

Additionally, 80% of patients taking opioids will experience at least one adverse effect e.g. constipation, nausea, itching, and dizziness. Therefore, we are undertaking a Campaign for the Reduction of Opioid Prescribing (CROP) across Vale of York CCG member practices to reduce opioid prescribing for chronic pain.

The CROP team is working with your practice and CCG to help reduce opioid prescribing and lower the risk of preventable complications by creating reports for practices to review the appropriateness of their opioid prescribing. We encourage practices to keep reviewing their prescribing of opioids. Potential risks should be carefully balanced in relation to patient benefit, and alternatives to opioids should be considered where appropriate.

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