Primary Care | NIHR

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 the 2021/2022 financial year, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) supported London CCGs to recruit to 88 primary care studies which recruited 13,979 patients over 671 GP practices. Out of the 13,979 recruited patients, 70.5% (9,855) of these were registered within a NWL GP practice. 

The studies available cover a huge range of different physical and mental conditions, all with the aim to improve the quality of care provided to patients including the diagnosis, testing and treatment. Research also give clinicians and patients the opportunity to assist in the development of 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 research opportunities. Please see below some of the current studies that patients could be invited to participate in. 


Lolipop - South Asian Biobank Study

The study aims to establish a cohort of 100,000 South Asian men and women and monitor them long-term for health outcomes. The data will be used to understand metabolic, cardiovascular, and other chronic diseases in UK South Asians.

All eligible patients will receive a full health 'MOT' which will include assessments such as - 

  • Clinical assessments - anthropometry, blood pressure, ECG, blood tests and a physical activity monitor (25 minutes)
  • Retinal photography (5 minutes)
  • Urine sampling (5 minutes)

Participants will be followed-up for their health long-term through medical and other health-related records. All results will be collated in a personalised report with specific information for the patient to consider to best look after their health. A sample health report can be seen here - https://www.sabiobank.org/sample-health-report/. In addition, all results from the tests will be shared with your GP to continually monitor your health.


To read more about NIHR and what they do, please click here - https://www.nihr.ac.uk/