Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust provides a wide range of services catering for all ages to promote health, as well as support and manage a range of conditions and respective treatments. We are therefore very keen to be involved in both undertaking and hosting research studies to improve people's health.

Whether you are a patient or member of the public wanting to get involved in a research study, or from a university, NHS body, Life Science Company or other organisation wanting to work in collaboration with us - we want to hear from you.

We have robust governance procedures in place ensuring we only participate in high quality research studies.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the NHS arm for research, encourages patients, service users and the public to get involved in clinical research by talking to healthcare professionals about research activities in their area. We support the ‘Be Part of Research’ campaign which helps us raise the profile of our research, so that our patients feel more confident to ask medical staff about studies they or their relatives can get involved in.

CLCH is a proud partner of the North West London Clinical Research Network.

Research changes people's lives, which is why we are we are committed to enabling our patients and service users’ opportunities to participate in clinical research studies and enhance treatment and care.

If you have been a research participant at CLCH we would be delighted to hear your experience and stories to showcase real-life examples of how our patients have benefited from clinical research, please contact the Research & Development Office (contact details shown below). You can also provide feedback by completing the NIHR Participant in Research Experience Surveys, available here.

If you would like to find out more about the current status of our research projects, head to the section at the bottom of the page titled 'Research: Our Studies'.

To get involved or learn more about CLCH Research, please contact:

If you are a study sponsor or clinical research organisation please contact:

Summary Listing of Publications associated, affiliated, or registered with CLCH 2021-2022




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Previous Publications

  • Evaluating Clinical Outcomes in Nail Surgery: A Retrospective Audit of 80 Patients Using PASCOM-10
    Evidencing the outcomes of surgical practice is now an expected part of practice for podiatrists. The CLCH Community Podiatry team have taken the first step towards demonstrating their effectiveness and value to both patients and the organisation by being the first podiatry department in the country to publish PASCOM 10 - a national podiatry audit tool. In a nutshell, this is the recording of data relating to surgical management of toe nail plates.
    Our podiatry department will become one of the largest contributers to the national annual data collection by the time its rolled out across various London boroughs, including teams in Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea. You can read the full published paper here.
  • Pointu A & Cole C (2005) An education programme for social care staff: improving the health of people who have a learning disability and epilepsy. British Journal for Learning Disabilities (BILD). 33, 39-43.
  • Cole C & Pointu A (2007) Epilepsy awareness and the administration of rectal diazepam. Learning Disability Practice. Vol. 10. No.1.10-15
    (February 2007)
  • Burt J & Cole C (2008) Swimming guidelines for adults with epilepsy. Learning Disability Practice. Vol.11. No.10. 12-16. December 2008.
  • Cole C, Pointu A, Mahadeshwar S, Dudley A (2009) Community Survey of carer's: Individual epilepsy guidelines (IEG) for rescue medication. Seizure Vol.18. No3. 220-224
    April 2009. European Journal of Epilepsy.
  • Edited by Bob Gates & Owen Barr (2009) Oxford Handbook of Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing. 1st Edition Oxford University Press. UK.
    Contributed the following sections:
    Supporting people in mainstream health services.
  • Epilepsy Specialist nurse. Chapter 10 supporting people: 394-395.
    Physical health and wellbeing.
  • Independent Nurse Prescribers in Intellectual Disability. Chapter 6, 210-211.
    Cole C, Pointu A, Wellsted DM, Angus-Leppan H (2010) A pilot study of the Epilepsy Risk Awareness Checklist (ERAC): in people with epilepsy and learning disabilities. Seizure, Vol. 19, 592-596. November 2010. European Journal of Epilepsy.
  • Cole C & Burt J (2011) Using Aromatherapy & Massage with clients who have complex intellectual disabilities - a day centre project. Learning Disability Practice- December. Vol.14. No.10.
    25-29 December 2011.
  • Ring et al (2016) Improving outcomes in adults with epilepsy and intellectual disability: A cluster randomised controlled trial of nurse-led epilepsy management (EpAID).
  • Development of a epilepsy risk awareness scale (ERA scale) for people with epilepsy. (2017) Braun A, Kendall S, C Cole, N, Smeeton & H Angus Leppan. Seizure 46, 13-18

We are proud to be contributing to NHS clinical research by bringing innovative and better care for our patients, and making us part of the larger professional community.

We have been involved in research since its inception and carried out a number of studies in collaboration with universities and various acute Trusts.

We are currently involved in the following studies with our partners:

Name of study




AND-PD: Anxiety and Depression in Parkinson's Disease


Parkinson's disease, mental health, neurodegenration


BabyBreathe: A randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention to prevent return to smoking postpartum


health visiting, smoking cessation


DAVE: Decellularised Dermis Allograft for the Treatment of Chronic Venous Leg Ulceration


venous leg ulcer, podiatry


HIS-UK: Evaluating the Home-based Intervention Strategy (HIS-UK) to reduce new Chlamydia infection among young men aged 16-25 years by promoting correct and consistent condom use. What is the cost effectiveness of two different delivery models (face-to-face and digital delivery)?


chlamydia, sexual health


Improving the Accuracy and Efficiency of Autism Assessment for Adults


mental health, autism, developmental disorders


OPTIMAL CARE study: Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination Systems (EPaCCS) in end of life care: evaluating their implementation and optimising future service provision


palliative care


GEKO VLU efficacy study: A Prospective, Multicentre, Randomised, Assessor Blinded Study Comparing the Efficacy and Patient Reported Outcomes of Two Different Daily gekoTM Treatment Duration in Conjunction with Standard Care, with each Other and to Standard Care Alone, in Patients with Venous Leg Ulcers


tissue viability, venous leg ulcer

Closed to recruitment - in follow up

CL3-NEFERTITI: a randomised, double blind, placebo controlloed study to evaluate clinical performance and safety of the Gedea pessary in adult women with bacterial vaginosis


sexual health

Closed to recruitment - in follow up

EMBARC: European Bronchiectasis Registry


respiratory disorders

Closed to recruitment - in follow up

NOVELTY: A NOVEL observational longiTudinal studY on patients with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of asthma and/or COPD to describe patient characteristics, treatment patterns and the burden of illness over time and to identify phenotypes and endotypes associated with differential outcomes that may support future development of personalised treatment strategies.




MeCareNWL - Mental health and wellbeing of NW London health and social care staff during COVID-19


COVID-19, mental health


UK-REACH: The United Kingdom Research study into Ethnicity And COVID-19 outcomes in Healthcare workers


COVID-19, urgent public health


National AHP Research RCC Survey


health services and delivery research


Clinician experience of using MCA with PwLD regarding consent to sex


learning disability


Psychological impact of COVID-19 - pandemic and experience: An international survey


COVID-19, mental health


SPEAC: Survey of Professionals' Education and Awareness of Continence care


renal disorders, continence


For more information about any of the studies that CLCH are currently involved in, please contact the Research and Development Office.