Research & Development

ECCH is a research active organisation. We currently run research projects at Falkland Surgery and the Nelson Medical Practice in Great Yarmouth and at Bungay Medical Practice.

We believe in the importance of Research and Development to promote and deliver better healthcare to our patients.

We are committed to expanding our research portfolio, and work closely with the National Institute for Health and Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network in the Eastern region to deliver research studies effectively to our local area. 

What types of research are there?

  • Drug studies – to assess how new drugs can improve your quality of life
  • Questionnaires – to seek your views and experiences of treatments
  • New surgical procedures – to help health professionals gain knowledge of the best surgical techniques

Why should I get involved with research?

  • To have the opportunity to shape future research, both locally and nationally
  • To have the opportunity to gain access to the latest medications and treatments whilst on a study
  • To help widen clinical knowledge of diseases and treatments
  • To get a better understanding of your condition and possible treatments

Being involved in research is not just about testing new medicines; there are lots of different types of research you can become involved in.

Participating in research is totally voluntary. Your care and treatment will not be affected if you choose not to take part.

Who will ask me to participate in a research study?

You may be asked to participate in a study by a number of people, such as your GP, a clinic nurse, a hospital consultant, a therapist or a trial research nurse.

You may be asked before you come into hospital or whilst you are an inpatient or an outpatient here. You may be contacted after you have been discharged.

Ask your GP or your clinical team about what research may be relevant to you.

Meet the Team

Dr Noreen Cushen-Brewster, Executive Director of Quality & Primary Care/Research Lead              


David Sweeting, Physiotherapy Clinical Specialist


Jenny Harper, Research and Clinical Audit Facilitator


Regan Hood, Research and Clinical Audit Administrator


Sharleen Blundell, Research Nurse


Current NIHR Studies


This trial is recruiting patients who have discontinued or are considering discontinuing statin use due to muscle-related symptoms to assess if atorvastatin treatment causes more muscle symptoms than placebo.

This study is being run at Falkland Surgery.

Best 3

(Barrett’s oEsophagus Trial 3)

Cluster randomised controlled trial comparing the CytospongeTM-TFF3 test with usual care to facilitate the diagnosis of oesophageal pre-cancer in primary care.

This study is being run at Falkland Surgery.


This study is being run at Nelson Medical Practice.

The aim of this study is to investigate whether a tablet commonly used to treat raised blood pressure could help prevent heart disease and kidney damage in people with Chronic Kidney disease - a term commonly used by doctors to describe a long-term impairment in kidney function, frequently accounted for by the natural ageing process.


The Falls Prevention and Research Team are working together on an exciting new study called OTIS which is being led by the University of York.

The study aims to identify whether a home assessment and modification by an occupational therapist can help reduce the number of falls among older people. 

UK Frost

East Coast Community Healthcare is working in partnership with James Paget Hospital on the UK Frost study.

This study aims to assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of the three treatments that are most often provided in NHS hospitals to treat primary frozen Shoulder (Early Structured Physiotherapy (ESP) versus Manipulation under Anaesthesia (MUA) versus Arthroscopic capsular release (ACR) with MUA).

iQuit in Practice

This study is being run at Kirkley Mill Health Centre and Bungay Medical Practice.

This study aims to assess the effectiveness of a stop smoking programme using tailored web and text message based intervention.


(Preventing Return to Smoking Postpartum)

Development of a complex intervention to sustain smoking cessation in postpartum women.

This study is being run in collaboration with our stop smoking service.

Reading, Playing and Talking

This study is looking at how to promote children’s language development using family-based shared book reading:  Examining the Relationships between Reading, Playing and Talking.

This study is being supported by the Speech and Language Therapy Team.

Autoimmunity in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This study investigates whether there is an immune response against gut microbes or food and parts of the body in severe ME/CFS patients. Severe ME/CFS patients will be compared to household controls to identify disease specific alterations in the immune response to gut microbes.

Non-NIHR Studies

‘To What Extent Does a Warm Home Impact on Health and Wellbeing?’


This evaluation is being run in partnership with East Coast Community Healthcare, Suffolk County Council and University Campus Suffolk.

This evaluation is looking to identify whether there are any health benefits from improving the heating and insulation in the home.

Join Dementia Research

ECCH supports 'Join dementia research', a new service which allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research.

Once registered, Join Dementia Research identifies any studies a volunteer meets the criteria for and sends them an invitation to take part. The volunteer can then view the details of the study before deciding if they wish to go ahead and join it.

You can find out more information about this service here.

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