Research Practice

Bridge View Medical staff involved in research are aware of their responsibilities in terms of data storage and data access.  The surgery is registered with the Information Commissioners Officer.  Database searches are not shared with anyone outside of the clinical care team in a patient  identifiable form.  Access to data is limited to those involved in research and no identifiable data is transferred outside of the practice without individual consent.  The practice has processes in place to securely store data generated by research studies.​

Patient's active engagement in any research studies is purely voluntary and you will be asked to consent before any actions are taken.  Bridge View Medical respects the right of any patient not to engage in any study and gives an assurance that care will not be compromised as a result.


Current research studies at BVM are listed below (updated 16.6.23)

Anti-depressant medication withdrawal study

 this study is currently recruiting patients who have been on anti-depressants for at least 9 months and are now feeling better, to see the effects of stopping anti-depressants versus not stopping them. Please ask your GP or pharmacy at your medication review to check if you may be eligible or contact the research team directly - Click below for details.


this study is being led by Helen Charleton, one of our pharmacists. It aims to find out how best to use inhaled steroids for asthma in children (aged 6-15). Click below for further details.


this study is recruiting patients with a current or past history of atrial fibrillation (AF) aged 55-73 who are not currently on blood thinners to find out if blood thinners can prevent stroke, premature death and cognitive decline in the broader community of patients with AF. Patients may receive a text and/or a letter to invite them to participate. Click on link below for further information.


this study aims to find out if the addition of aspirin 75mg daily can reduce the risk of major vascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who do not have pre-existing cardiovascular disease. See further information below:


this study aims to find out how best to promote condom use in young men to help to reduce spread of sexually transmitted infections. You can receive up to £50 worth of vouchers for taking part. You can sign up if you are eligible by clicking the box below:

TIP (Talking in Primary Care)

this study is being led by Antonia Hook, one of our physios. It aims to test the effectiveness of communication skills training for primary care practitioners. It will involve some of our clinicians across BVM. Patients will be asked to fill in some feedback questionnaires and may be invited to take part via text message.

ACE - Active, Connected, Engaged

a study to look at ways people who are 65 years and older can stay mobile and independent for longer. Click on the blue box below for further details.


This study has 2 aims 1. To understand how GPs and other primary care clinicians provide, and patients respond to, safety-netting advice in telephone consultations. 2. To provide an archive of telephone consultations in primary care for further use in research and training, adding to the existing ‘One in a Million’ archive of face-to-face GP consultations. Further details can be found below:

Mental health and Perimenopause

Women, aged 45-55, who have presented to their GP with mood changes in the last 6 months, will be invited to take part in a 40 minute online or phone interview. The research team will explore their understanding and experiences of the perimenopause and if their concerns are being addressed. Interviewees will be provided with a £25 Love2Shop voucher for their time. See below for further information:


North Bristol NHS Trust are running a study looking at the efficacy of a 9-valent extra intestinal pathogenic E. Coli vaccine in adults over 60 with a history of urinary tract infections in the last 2 years.

They are looking for participants who are;

  • 60 years or over
  • With a history of UTI in the past 2 years documented in medical records (and if recent resolved more than 14 days prior to randomisation)
  • UTI defined as uncomplicated/complicated or recurrent, diagnosed by a physician and required antibiotics.