Research Practice

Current Studies

Current studies include:

  • 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. Are you over 18 years old and interested, then sign up – you will sign up, 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.
  • BEST 3 – The investigation of patient presenting with reflux symptoms for the early detection of diagnosis.
  • CLASP 5/Renewed – Aims to evaluate an online intervention offering lifestyle and wellbeing support for cancer survivors, called Renewed.
  • USP – To explore what happens during the diagnostic journey of patients with urological symptoms, and how, why and then missed diagnostic opportunities might occur during the testing process.
  • MAPS – Aims to develop a new service to support and improve the health of people with type 2 diabetes and/or hypertension by providing additional information on how to best take their prescribed medications.
  • Post Stroke Fatigue – Not enough is known about feeling tired after having a stroke and the study team want to learn more and how the health care team can support stroke patients better.
  • Virtual Rehab Physio Programme – Looking at a 12 week exercise programme for people who have had a stroke and one arm is affected. The programme is looking at developing a physio programme which you can do at home via a TV or Xbox.

Medical Research

Watton Medical Practice 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.