Teaching and Training

We are approved by the London Deanery as a training practice for qualified doctors pursuing a future career in General Practice. We have a number of specialist trainees working within the practice at any one time. Trainees are fully qualified doctors who have completed a number of years working as hospital doctors. Specialist trainees usually spend a minimum of 6 months attached to the practice. We believe that our doctors can continue to develop and learn whatever stage of their career. You may sometimes notice a GP observing the clinic of another GP. This is quite normal and something we encourage for all of our doctors at least twice a year.


The Abbey Medical Centre is a member of NOCLOR, a network of GP practices involved in research. We are not currently participating in any research studies but previous studies have included:

PANDA - What are the indications for prescribing antidepressants that will lead to a clinical benefit?


What is the purpose of this research?

The aim of the PANDA randomised controlled trial is to investigate the severity and duration of depressive symptoms that are associated with a clinically important response to medication, in the form of SSRI antidepressants, in people with depression or low mood. We will carry out a randomised controlled trial comparing Sertraline to placebo in individuals experiencing depressive symptoms whom the patient and their GP are unsure whether medication will be of benefit or not.

PANDA is a collaboration between UCL, Bristol University, York University and the University of Liverpool. The chief investigator of the study is Professor Glyn Lewis, head of the Division of Psychiatry, University College London (UCL)




Treatment In Morning versus Evening (TIME) Study.

What is the purpose of this research?

Patients traditionally take their blood pressure (BP) lowering tablets in the morning and blood pressure is traditionally measured at some time during the working day. Most of the current evidence that shows the benefits to patients of reducing their blood pressure comes from studies where tablets were taken in the morning and BP was measured in the daytime.

In recent years, special monitors that can measure blood pressure throughout the day and the night have been developed. Results from studies using these monitors have suggested that night time blood pressure might be a better measurement of the benefits of blood pressure lowering. In addition, tablets taken at night lower night-time blood pressure more than tablets taken in the morning. The big question is, would night time dosing be better (or worse) than morning dosing in preventing the bad things associated with high blood pressure (such as strokes and heart attacks)?

The present study will try to answer this question. To do this we are asking patients who take medicines for high blood pressure to take part in a study that will compare morning dosing (some time between 6am and 10am) with night-time dosing (some time between 8pm and midnight).



This is a multi-centre study and will be coordinated from the University of Southampton by a team led by Professor Paul Little. The trial is currently running until March 2016.

What is the purpose of this research?

The majority of patients who come to their doctor with lung symptoms (for example a cough) or bowel symptoms (for example, loose stool) do not have anything seriously wrong with them. However, a very few people are at risk of cancer. We would like to help doctors diagnose cancer quickly so that potential high risk patients are detected sooner and unnecessary examinations are minimised for those patients that are low risk. This research is about finding what symptoms and examinations are best for predicting lung and bowel cancer.

Who is behind this research?

This research is being sponsored and co-ordinated by the University of Southampton in collaboration with other leading Universities throughout the country (Universities of Bristol, Manchester, Oxford, London, Nottingham, Birmingham and Keele). It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National School of Primary Care Research (NSPCR) and has been approved by the South Central Oxford A. Research Ethics Committee (REC). Your local NHS Trust Research and Development department have also reviewed it and has given their permission for it to be carried out in your area.

LOD (Late Onset Depression) Study

What is the purpose of this research?

The purpose of this study is to look into neural pathways in the brain of older people with depression, helping us to better understand the causes of late onset depression contributing to more effective treatments in the future.

If  you are experiencing depression for the first time only after the age of 55, you may be eligible to take part in the research.

The research team will talk to you about the study and ask you a few questions to check if you are eligible. If you would like to take part you will be asked to attend The Royal Free Hospital for a day. The study day will involve some questionnaires and you will be asked about your physical health and emotional well-being. You will also be asked to have 2 routine brain scans. Lunch and travel costs will be reimbursed and you will receive £25 for your time.

Who is behind this research?

If you would like to know more about the study please contact:

Hiba Kazmi at: hiba.kazmi.14@ucl.ac.uk, 07984499967 (please leave a message)

Hiba Kazmi: Clinical Neuroscience Dept, UCL Institute of Neurology, Royal Free campus, Rowland Hill Street, London, NW3 2PF


A study of the impact of welfare advice in healthcare settings on
well being and healthcare use

What is the purpose of this research?

University College London (UCL) is carrying out a local study of the effects of GP-based welfare advice services on patient well-being and healthcare use. Many people find it helpful to get advice about things like debt, benefits or housing issues.

We want to find out if seeing a welfare adviser at the doctor’s surgery helps to improve well-being and if it affects support-seeking behaviours.

We are comparing people who have visited an adviser at a doctor’s surgery to people who have not. This will help determine whether to continue providing advice services at doctor’s surgeries in future.

We are asking everyone aged 18 years or more who accesses the welfare advice service at your GP practice to take part in the study.

Taking part is entirely voluntary and will not influence the advice you receive or the outcomes of advice.

The study involves completing two questionnaires, three months apart.

To thank you for your time taken to complete the surveys, we will reimburse you £15 Sainsbury’s voucher after each survey.

We may ask you if we can ask your practice how many times you have visited the surgery over the past three years and up to a year after your advice session. You are free to say if you would prefer us not to do this and it will not affect your study eligibility.

Your GP will not be informed if you decide to take part or not.

If you do decide to take part, any information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and will not be disclosed to the GP or the Citizens Advice Bureau

Who is behind this research?

If you have any questions about why the study is being carried out, or about being approached to take part in a study, you can contact the UCL research team via the details below:

Dr Charlotte Woodhead

Tel: 0203 108 3081

E-mail: c.woodhead@ucl.ac.uk