Clinical Research

Pound Hill Medical Group is dedicated to clinical research, led by Dr Litchfield and Dr Jackson with the help of Beth Dyson, clinical trials assistant and all the team within the practice. 

Studies vary tremendously from observational projects to short term use of a new medication to longer term research following patients with various conditions for many years but all aim to help with the development of treatment. Some examples of previous work include Lansoprazole for heartburn, “statins” for heart protection, Salmeterol and Fluticasone for asthma and the HPV vaccine. 

We complete all clinical trials under protocols set by pharmaceutical companies or academics and are overseen by independent ethics committees. We are part of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR CRN) – the research arm of the NHS, for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Please Click Here

Studies cover a wide range of topics and may include: 
• Promoting healthier lifestyles 
• Disease diagnosis and prevention 
• Management of long-term illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension 
• Prevention of future ill health 
• Treating common conditions 

We are presently recruiting patients for the ARTIC PC study – for children with respiratory tract infections and C4C – for older adult caregivers of people experiencing psychosis. We are also promoting “Help Beat Dementia” to register interest in volunteering for dementia research studies:

We are presently recruiting patients for the ARTIC PC study - for children with respiratory tract infections and DERMAL OPTG01 - an impetigo study.  We are also promoting "Help Beat Dementia" to register interest in volunteering for dementia research studies.

We are very grateful to the patients who give their time and commitment to help with medical research. There is the opportunity to be an ambassador for research.

"I Am Research" gives patients, the public and health and social care research professionals a chance to shout about how fantastic research is. Aim to raise awareness of the benefits of research and the positive impact it has on people's lives campaign page:

NHS research announced on 9th February 2017 that recruitment of one million participants in primary care research had been surpassed.   To tie in with the NHS' 70th birthday I Am Research campaign is celebrating how research has improved health and care over the past 70 years and how NIHR research is helping to shape the future.

If you want to take part or would like more information please contact Beth on 01293 540620, or leave your name at reception and we will give you a call.

Current Research Projects

Details of current Research Projects are displayed on posters at both Pound Hill and Copthorne. 

Help us find a vaccine for COVID-19

The NHS COVID-19 vaccine registry allows members of the public to register their interest and be contacted to participate in vaccine studies. You can sign up if you are 18 or over, and live in the UK.You are not signing up to take part in a specific health study when you use this service. You are letting researchers know you're happy for them to contact you if they think you might be suitable to take part in their studies. The new system will enable researchers to quickly identify and match suitable and willing volunteers to appropriate vaccine trials. This will help us to carry out studies and find a vaccine faster.

Signing up is an individual choice and you can change your mind about participating at any time.

More information about taking part in research and other opportunities to take part in COVID-19 research can be found at

Join a COVID-19 clinical trial

The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if

  • You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
    • a continuous new or worsening cough
    • a high temperature
  • You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
  • You are aged 65 and above

 Join Dementia Research

 Type 2 Diabetes Study

 Dementia Research: symptoms of agitation and frustration

IBS Study

Psoriasis / Eczema Study

Please see watch the video regarding the IBS study at:

Please see the recent press release regarding this IBS study:

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Research Opportunity for Over 65s

Newly Diagnosed Dementia Study

For more information, please call the research team 01293 540 620 or email and ask for Beth. 

The Pound Hill Medical Group is registered with the Primary Care Research Network and is Research Active.

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Upcoming Research Projects

We have been asked to take part in a number of Research Projects in the near future and more details will be available soon. 

If you would like to contact us to express interest or ask for information when it is available then please do so – either via the Reception desk or Beth. 

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