Current Studies

We are an accredited research practice and are currently taking part in the following research:

  • Virus Watch: Help Stop the Spread
  • DISCOVER ME – Join a nationwide research study that aims to analyse the health and genetic information of thousands of people. Only eligible for those 18 years old and over. Once you have signed up, you will have a mouth swab taken for your DNA sample, and then the study team will follow your health for 20 years. There is no upper age limit.
  • GSK RSV – An epidemiological study to assess the disease burden of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) associated acute respiratory infection (ARI) in adults ≥ 50 years of age during two consecutive RSV seasons in the United States (US) and Europe.
  • SAFER – Screening for atrial fibrillation with ECG to reduce stroke. This is a feasibility study looking at the use of a small device to take home to do your own ECGs. The study would like to see if a national screening programme could detect the incidence of atrial fibrillation, thereby reducing strokes.
  • VESALIUS – A study to evaluate the impact of evolocumab (a once a week injection) on major cardiovascular events in patients at high cardiovascular risk, without prior myocardial infarction or stroke.
  • IAM – A very brief face to face intervention, followed by a text message and/or app intervention to support medication adherence in people prescribed treatment for hypertension in primary care.

Medical Research

School Lane Surgery staff and patients undertake medical research studies. All staff involved in medical research have completed competency training in good clinical practice in ethical and scientific quality standards in clinical research.

  • Our practice is research active.
  • All NHS organisations are expected to participate and support health and care research.
  • Conducting high-quality clinical research helps us to keep improving NHS care by finding out which treatments work best.

If you are asked about taking part in research, usually someone in the care team looking after you will contact you. People in your care team may look at your health records to check whether you are suitable to take part in a research study, before asking you whether you are interested or sending you a letter on behalf of the researcher.

For more information about how your information may be used in research and your rights, please visit the NHS Health Research Authority website.

We are an accredited research practice and are currently taking part in many different studies.

If you are interested in taking part in any future studies then please contact the research team on 07342 373042. Alternatively, please email the team on or to add your name to the waiting list.


  • Karen Norcott

    Research Nurse

    Karen qualified as a RN in 1987 from the Royal Free in London. She has worked in the NHS and private sectors and even spent a short time nursing in Munich. Karen moved to East Anglia in 1997 and has specialised in research since 2000, working in GP surgeries and hospitals across the region. Karen has worked on a wide range of research studies. Karen now lives in Norfolk and joined the Breckland Alliance in January 2018. Karen will be working on research studies in School Lane, Grove and Watton surgeries.