Research and Innovation

About the Research and Innovation Team

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust Research team is committed to taking part in health research, aimed at improving patient care, developing better treatments and increasing our understanding of disease. Our role is to support GP practices by facilitating studies that have been accepted onto the Clinical Research Network portfolio and are being run throughout Lincolnshire.

Our team consists of staff employed by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust to ensure that all research in primary care and in the community is ethically sound and approved by all relevant organisations. Our team consists of highly qualified managers, research professionals, some of which are funded by the East Midlands Clinical Research Network and administrators.

We also work closely with the University of Lincoln and support some of their research projects.

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  1. To increase the opportunities for people of Lincolnshire to become involved in research.
  2. Improving the health and wellbeing of people in Lincolnshire through engaging in high quality research.


LCHS is involved in different types of health research studies below is a list of the varied styles of research that takes place;

  • Clinical trials investigate a drug, surgery, or medical device in healthy volunteers or people who have a specific disease
  • Genetic studies find the role of genes in different diseases
  • Behavioural studies test how people act in different ways
  • Observational studies where a group of people is observed for many years
  • Physiological studies to better understand how the human body functions
  • Prevention studies test ways to prevent specific conditions or diseases

Public health research aims to improve the health and well-being of people from a population-level perspective; it can be one, or a combination of the above types of research.

Examples of Research that the LCHS is/has been involved in:

BAFTA - A randomised controlled trial of warfarin versus aspirin for stroke prevention in the management of atrial fibrillation in an elderly (aged > 75) primary care population.

CANDID - The importance of symptoms, signs and tests in assessing the risk of cancer in primary care.

CHROMED - Clinical trials for elderly patients with multiple diseases.

FAST - A drug trial comparing the effects of two different treatments for gout.

FOUR FOLD ASTHMA - The clinical and cost effectiveness of temporarily quadrupling the dose of inhaled steroid to prevent asthma exacerbations a pragmatic, randomised, normal care controlled clinical trial.

HEAT - The effects of aspirin on stomach bleeds and possible link to H-Pylori bacteria.

THE MILLION WOMEN STUDY - A detailed investigation of susceptibility of women to disease.

STARTRIGHT - Getting the right classification and treatment from diagnosis in young adults with diabetes. This study aims to achieve more accurate early classification of diabetes and identification of which patients will rapidly require insulin treatment.

GCA CONSORTIUM - Finding genetic determinants of Giant Cell Arteritis and PMR susceptibility, in order to yield novel insights into disease pathogenesis.

FORMATTING - To investigate the association of socio-demographic characteristics such as age, sex, ethnicity, educational level and socioeconomic status with the preferred format of patient education delivery in individuals with cardiovascular disease and/or diabetes.

PREDICT - To determine whether use of the eH-ETB to direct antidepressant treatment results in an increased proportion of depressed patients showing a response to treatment at week 8 compared to TaU. Response is defined as a decrease of 50% or more from baseline QIDS-SR-16 scores.

eH-ETB: eHealth-Emotional Test Battery

QIDS-SR-16: Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology - Self Report

The Clinical Research Network

The Clinical Research Network is a key part of the National Institute for Health Research.

The National Institute for Health research was established by the Department of Health to create a world-class health research system within the NHS, as part of the government health research strategy.

Click here to view the Clinical Research Network in context document

Click here to view the National Institute for Health Research website

Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust NHS Services submitted a nil return for the Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research Exercise for the period 01/07/17-30/06/18

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