The Confederation, Hillingdon is partnered with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to provide research opportunities within general practice throughout Hillingdon. The NIHR is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research who work in partnership with institutions and organisations to improve the health and wealth of the nation.

In 2018/19, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) supported 562 primary care studies, 209 of which were new studies, and recruited 160,146 patients to studies within this speciality area.

The studies give clinicians and patients the opportunity to assist in the development of new treatments, diagnosis and emerging technologies to better diagnose, treat and prevent in addition to investigating new and improved services.

All practices within Hillingdon are given the opportunity to participate and provide their patients with the chance to get involved within the research.

To read more about NIHR and what they do, please click here -


The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments for COVID-19 for older people. We want to find 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 online and through GP practices across the UK. To find out more please watch the video below: