Research and research evidence is part of the day to day work of the NHS and is important in creating an evidence-base on which clinical decisions about services and care are made. It plays an important role in improving patient outcomes, and as a source of innovation it brings benefits when those results can be translated quickly into practice.
Within the Trust we have a small research team who support local and national researchers. These researchers can range from NHS staff or students studying for qualifications or continuing their professional development, through to large national studies supported by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).
These research studies are funded by grants and are collecting data from a number of sites or services, so that results can be applied to the general population. We currently have research studies recruiting participants in our learning disabilities, children and young people, dementia and working age services. Some studies are clinical trials where medications or interventions such as a physiotherapy exercise for those with a diagnosis of dementia are being tested to see how well they work.
Other studies are observational, where people may be asked their opinions about their experiences or followed up over a period of time to collect much needed information about how various mental health conditions change over time. Clinical staff also bring their own ideas to fruition through smaller research studies and service evaluations, often publishing articles in journals with their findings. We firmly support the vision of ‘research being everybody’s business’ and having a culture that values and promotes research and innovation in our Trust.
If you would like to find out more about what we do or how you can get involved, please email us at email@example.com or call the research team on 01452 894048.
By Genevieve Riley, Senior Clinical Studies Officer/Research Team Manager