Health clinics working with Leisure Centres


Exploring the co-location of NHS health services, physical activity and leisure

Patient Interviews

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study.  Before you decide, you need to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve for you.  Please take time to read the following information carefully.

What is the purpose of the study?

This study is being conducted as part of a programme of research. We are looking at what happens when health clinics are put together with leisure centres. The aim of combining health clinics with leisure centres is to make physical activity part of NHS care.

We are trying to understand how patients understand and experience co-location.

We will compare those experiences with our ideas about how it is working, for whom it is working for, under what circumstances and why.

Why have I been invited to take part?

You have been invited to take part because you have attended or currently attend clinics at Graves or Concord Leisure Centres from one of the four following clinical services: musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy, diabetes, podiatry and/or pain management. The research is being done with patients attending Graves and Concord. We want to understand their experience of attending a clinic that's based in a leisure centre.

What will happen if I choose to participate?

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to participate in an interview. This can be arranged at a time convenient for you, either around your appointment at Graves or Concord, another convenient location for you, Sheffield Hallam University, or by telephone. The interview will last approximately one hour. With your permission, the interview will be audio recorded so that the researcher can listen back to it at a later time and it can be written up. With your permission, we may contact you to be interviewed again at a later date. This is optional and you can decide whether to participate in a follow up interview. We will ask you again at the end of the interview if you would like to be contacted for a follow up interview. If agreed, the second interview will take place at Graves or Concord, Sheffield Hallam University (City or Collegiate campus) or via telephone.

The topics to be discussed will include your experiences of attending clinics at the centres, your personal health and physical activity. During the interview, we will present to you some ideas of how we think the co-located centres (Graves or Concord) might be working to see what you think and to understand your opinion. There will be no right or wrong answer.

You do not have to answer or make a comment on any topic if you do not wish to do so. You will be asked to agree to the interview being recorded by signing the consent form.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

This study may not benefit directly, but your answers may help to improve health care and the way services are run for all, long term.

What are the possible disadvantages of taking part?

Some topics can be sensitive, such as talking about personal health issues. However, the researchers are experienced, and you will not be asked to talk about anything which makes you uncomfortable.  If there is any topic or question that makes you uncomfortable you can let the researcher know and we will move on.

If you require any further information about any personal concerns you are facing, we will be happy to direct you to the relevant help.

If during the interview you were to disclose intention to harm yourself or another person, confidentiality would be breached for your safety and that of others.

Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part in this research.  If you wish to volunteer, you will be asked to sign a consent form to show that you have read this information sheet and agreed to take part. You are free to withdraw your information from the study up to two weeks after the interview. Taking part in this study will not affect your medical care in any way.

What if I change my mind during the study?

You are free to withdraw from the study at any time without affecting your treatment. If you choose to do so, you will no longer be contacted about the study and information about you will no longer be collected. If you withdraw two weeks after the interview, data already collected as part of your participation in the study will remain as part of the study records and cannot be removed.

Will my involvement in the study be kept confidential?

Yes. We will follow legal and ethical practice and all information about you will be handled in strict confidence. 

We will write up your interview recording and produce a report of everyone's views. Your name will not be used anywhere in the transcript or report.

When we are analysing the data, it will only be seen by the research team and it will be stored securely according to the regulations of Sheffield Hallam University and the Data Protection Act.

The documents relating to the administration of this research, such as the consent form you sign to take part, will be kept in a folder called a site file. This is stored securely and can only be viewed by the research team. The folder can be checked by people in authority who want to make sure that researchers are following the correct procedures. These people will treat your details confidentially. When the personally identifiable features are removed, other researchers at the university will be able to access the transcripts for their research.

What will happen to the information from the study?

The results of this study will be used to inform the development of a programme theory of how we think the co-location model works. While we can’t absolutely guarantee anonymisation, every effort will be made to remove personally identifiable information. Names and other information that could be used to identify you will not be stored after the study has ended. The results may be written up and anonymised for publication in scientific journals. We will be able to provide you with the overall results if you desire. The results will also be included in a PhD thesis. Your responses in the interview will be stored securely for at least 10 years after research completion. The lead researchers PhD supervisory team will also have access to the responses. None of your personal details will be stored after the study has ended.

All data collected will be analysed and stored by SHU. No data will remain at the NHS site where the research takes place.

What is the legal basis for research for studies?

The University undertakes research as part of its function for the community under its legal status. Data protection allows us to use personal data for research with appropriate safeguards in place under the legal basis of public tasks that are in the public interest.  A full statement of your rights can be found at  However, all University research is reviewed to ensure that participants are treated appropriately, and their rights respected. This study was approved by Sheffield Hallam University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) with Converis number ER13227199. Further information at

Who has reviewed this study?

This study has been reviewed by the Sheffield Hallam UREC  and NHS Health Research Authority.

Who is funding the study?

This study is funded by Sheffield Hallam University and UK Active as part of a PhD programme of work.

What if I have further questions or would like more information about the study?

If you would like more information about the study you are invited to contact:

Natalie Grinvalds       

Lead researcher 


Professor Robert Copeland   

Academic Supervisor

0114 225 5635

The Patient Services Team (PST) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals 

-point of contact for patients who have a concern but either don’t know which member of staff or department to raise it with or feel that they need to speak to someone outside of the department or ward to which their concern relates.

The team can be contacted in the following ways:

  • Telephone on 0114 271 2400
  • Via email on
  • In person in the Patient Partnership Department on B Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital or at Huntsman main entrance on C Floor at the Northern General Hospital by appointment only

Outside of this time people can leave both telephone and email messages for the team to respond to on the next working day.


Natalie Grinvalds  

You should contact the Data Protection Officer if:

  • you have a query about how your data is used by the University
  • you would like to report a data security breach (e.g. if you think your personal data has been lost or disclosed inappropriately)
  • you would like to complain about how the University has used your personal data

You should contact the Head of Research Ethics (Professor Ann Macaskill) if:

  • you have concerns with how the research was undertaken or how you were treated

Postal address:  Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield S11WBT Telephone: 0114 225 5555

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