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.

  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.

Members of the public

If you are interested in being involved in future research studies, you can contact the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust Research & Clinical Audit team by e-mailing or 01522 308808.You can also visit the following online resource which is an online resource where researchers and research organisations advertise opportunities for members of the public to get involved in a research study.

Health Professionals & Researchers

Approval processes

If you would like to know more about the research approval processes to be followed should you wish to carry out research within the NHS, please visit

If you have any research ideas or would like to know more about how to become involved in research please don’t hesitate to contact our Research Department on either 01522 3088085 or drop us an e-mail to

Research support available

Research Design Service (RDS) East Midlands (EM)

The RDS provides support to those preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.For further information please visit

Clinical Research Network (CRN) study support

The Study Support Service in the East Midlands provides support to all key NHS healthcare sectors; Acute, Mental Health/Community Health Services, Primary Care and includes independent providers of NHS services. They are able to work flexibly across health sectors and patient pathways for different types of studies and disease areas and can draw on the expertise of different NHS and Clinical Research Network staff as required.

If you would like to know more about the work of the CRN Study Support Services please visit

Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research Exercise

Public Facing Link

Click on the links below for further information on these subjects.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Participation in research is now part of the requirements of the CQC. This includes:

  • Advertising research within the practice
  • Informing patients and staff of research available
  • Recruiting patients into studies to improve primary care
  • Completing RCGP Research Ready Accreditation (RRA) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)to support staff personal development

Our role is to support GP practices by facilitating studies that have been accepted onto the UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN) portfolio and are being run in Lincolnshire. The portfolio of current studies and studies in set up can be accessed at:

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) & RCGP Research Ready Accreditation (RRA):

This will assist and support practices with portfolio studies/research in Primary Care and support your CQC research requirements. Please use these links to access the relevant sites:




Research Scheme Initiative (RSI):

This was set up to incentivise GP practices to commit to undertaking 2-5 research studies a year. The money allocated for this scheme is funded by Clinical Research Network and changes on a yearly basis.

If you require advice contact the CRN Clinical Study Development Officers and Research Nurses on 01522 308808.

If you have any suggestions or comments that you wish to make in respect of our website, or would like to contact us regarding clinical trials or services, then please email, please remember to include your contact details (name, address and telephone number on which we can contact you).

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Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
Beech House
Waterside South

Telephone: 01522 308808



INVOLVE is a national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. Follow this link

UK Clinical Trials Gateway

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway is where you can search for research studies by area or specialty.

Follow this link here

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