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If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. In these circumstances, staff will return the call within one hour.

I am in Herefordshire

If you are in Herefordshire and need support, please call us using one of the following numbers:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, please contact the team or service who currently provide your care.
  • Monday to Friday, 5pm – 9am and 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays, please call our Mental Health Matters Helpline on: 0800 015 7271

These contact numbers are for people already in contact with our services. If you are not currently in contact with us, please call 111 or your GP.

Our out of hours, weekend and bank holiday service is provided by Mental Health Matters.

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
Or text 07537 410 022
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.
Open every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.

selfharm

Text 85258
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Research – Be part of the discovery

The Research Team

The trust research team is a dedicated group of nurses and clinical research practitioners who promote research within the trust.

The research team is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This group works with educational providers, hospitals and commercial companies to promote research studies. Two of our senior research nurses are funded by Cobalt. This enables us to run commercial research projects.

Our Policy

Our Trust is research-focused. We look for opportunities to promote research and development and are willing to provide the necessary training for our staff to be involved in research.

Whilst we have our dedicated research team, we require all of our staff to be proactive in promoting research so that the maximum number of our patients have the opportunity to take part in research studies.

All research carried out by the research team is only undertaken once a study is approved by the IRAS (Integrated Research Application System) and the HRA (Health Research Authority).

Patient safety is at the forefront of our choices when deciding if we will undertake a research study, and therefore we have strict standard operating procedures (SOP), to ensure that our patients are adequately cared for. All research staff including non-clinical have undergone medical emergency response training.

We will endeavour to undertake studies that include not just our patients, but also their families and carers, to better understand the needs of families, as well as the patients.

Studies currently recruiting participants

If you are interested in taking part in any of our studies, or would like to find out more, contact the research team.

Telephone: 01242 634490
Email: research@ghc.nhs.uk 

 

Mental health studies

Romantic relationship status and wellbeing

Does being more satisfied with romantic relationship status increase wellbeing in people who experience psychosis?

A study which aims to understand how romantic relationship status is linked to wellbeing for people with unshared experiences such as hearing voices, feeling persecuted, and seeing things others can’t.

You are eligible to take part if you:

  • Are over 16 years old
  • Have ever received professional support for unshared experiences/psychosis

Participants can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win one of six £50 shopping vouchers.

The survey is available online here but it is also possible to complete a paper version of the survey if you would prefer.

If you would like further information please contact the research team directly or contact Rebecca White at rebecca.white@manchester.ac.uk to discuss the study.

Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN): Molecular Genetics

A genetic study looking into how genes and external factors (like stressful life events) interact with each other to make people more likely to develop bipolar disorder than others.

Who can get involved?

Participants must:

  • Have had a Bipolar diagnosis with at least one episode of mania/hypomania at any time in the past (including: bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, bipolar disorder not otherwise specified, post-partum psychosis or schizoaffective disorder)
  • Be over 18
  • Speak and understand English fluently

What do participants need to do?

  • An interview in your own home or over the telephone to ask about your experiences and the kind of symptoms you’ve had in the past.
  • Complete some questionnaires.
  • Potentially give a small blood sample: this is for the genetic aspect of the investigation.
NCMH - National Centre for Mental Health

A large genetic study which looks at background and life experiences to understand why some people experience difficulties with their mental health.

Participant Eligibility

  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Have a diagnosis of psychosis, bipolar disorder, PTSD, learning disabilities, or autism spectrum disorder.

Participant Requirements

  • Provide a blood or saliva sample
  • Complete a 30 minute questionnaire.
GLAD - Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression

The GLAD Study is exploring genetic risk factors in individuals who have experienced depression and/or anxiety at any time in their lives, including those with bipolar disorder, OCD, or related disorders.

You can take part in this study via the website by yourself, or contact the research team to support you.

Participant Eligibility

  • Have experienced depression and/or anxiety.
  • Aged 16 or over.
  • Currently living in the UK.

Participant Requirements

  • Complete some questionnaires.
  • Provide a saliva sample.
CAP-MEM - Exploring the Cause and Prevalence of Memory Problems

The study involves completing a short questionnaire about nervous system symptoms, such as dizziness. You may also be offered the chance to complete brief memory tests.

The study team aims to find out if the nervous system works differently in people with mental health, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative disorders. Both people with and without these disorders are invited to participate.

Who can get involved?

  • Anyone, whether or not they have a diagnosis of a mental health condition, learning disabilities, or neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia.
  • Aged 16 or over.

What do participants need to do?

  • Participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire which will take approximately 15-20 minutes, with an optional opportunity to take part in a memory test.
Exploring Unusual Feelings

This study aims to learn more about experiences that are sometimes called ‘depersonalisation’ or ‘dissociation’. These are strange feelings and experiences, which can make people feel numb, unreal, detached, or ‘spaced out’.

We are interested in knowing if experiences like these are related to other experiences, like having worries about others trying to harm you, or hearing or seeing things that other people cannot see or hear. We are also interested to find out whether these experiences are related to the way people experience emotions, the way people think, and how capable and confident people feel.

Participant Eligibility

  • Participant is willing and able to give informed consent for participation in the study.
  • Any gender, aged 16 years or above.
  • Diagnosed with non-affective psychosis (i.e. schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, psychosis not otherwise specified).
  • Attending mental health services.

Participant Requirements

  • Complete a 30-60 minute questionnaire pack with a researcher, about your experiences of these feelings.

Participants receive a £5 Lovetoshop voucher for taking part.

 

Learning disability studies

CAP-MEM - Exploring the Cause and Prevalence of Memory Problems

The study involves completing a short questionnaire about nervous system symptoms, such as dizziness. You may also be offered the chance to complete brief memory tests.

The study team aims to find out if the nervous system works differently in people with mental health, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative disorders. Both people with and without these disorders are invited to participate.

Who can get involved?

  • Anyone, whether or not they have a diagnosis of a mental health condition, learning disabilities, or neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia.
  • Aged 16 or over.

What do participants need to do?

  • Participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire which will take approximately 15-20 minutes, with an optional opportunity to take part in a memory test.

Dementia studies

DLB - Dementia Lewy Bodies

Our current research into Alzheimers disease has been successful in finding many previously unknown genes that are involved in Alzheimer’s disease. The DLB study aims to use the expertise developed from studying Alzheimer’s disease to better understand the biological and genetic influences behind dementia with Lewy bodies.

Participant Eligibility

  • Diagnosed with Dementia Lewy bodies
  • Capacity to provide informed consent or available consultee/representative

Participant Requirements

  • Complete a consent form
  • Provide a blood or saliva sample for genetic analysis
  • White European ethnicity
  • Have a study partner
CGN-1801

This study is trialing the Integrated Cognitive Assessment (ICA) test. This is a five minute computerised test, which we hope will help identify whether people have issues like mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s dementia. The study aims to explore the ICA test’s ability to identify changes in thinking skills in working-age and older adults, in an easy and quick manner. We hope that use of the ICA will improve the detection and monitoring of cognitive impairment. This should allow for more tailored management of cognitive impairment and better outcomes for people.

Participant Eligibility

  • A diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or mind Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Males and females aged 55 – 90 years.
  • Willing and able to provide informed consent.

 Participant Requirements

  • Complete a consent form
  • Complete several memory tests and answer some demographic questions.

As a thank you for your participation in this study you will receive a £30 high street voucher.

Count Me In

Part of the NHS Constitution is to offer research to every NHS patient. Count Me In will help us to meet this aim. 

Count Me In lets us use your information (as a user of GHC services) to contact you about research projects, and to offer you opportunities to get involved. Previously, it was up to clinicians to offer research opportunities to patients. Due to circumstances, time constraints and other factors, not all patients were offered the opportunity to be involved. This will no longer be the case.

Count Me In will enable the research team to access a patient’s clinical records to see if they may be eligible to take part in a study. The research team will then send details of studies to eligible patients so that they may consider taking part.

No one has to take part in any study and we understand that not all our patients will want to be contacted in this way. Therefore, Count Me In allows a patient to opt out of research.

When a patient is referred to the Trust, a leaflet will be sent to them about Count Me In. The leaflet is also available in clinical areas. You can inform us that you do not wish to take part in research by

  • Complete and return the form in the Count Me In leaflet
  • email countmein@ghc.nhs.uk with your name, date of birth and home postcode
  • Call 01242 634490.

Your preferences will be recorded in your medical records.

Should you have any queries, with regards to Count Me In, please contact the research team on 01242 634490 or email countmein@ghc.nhs.uk.

Our partners

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)

NIHR is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. They ensure that the NHS is able to support the research of other funders to encourage broader investment in, and economic growth from, health research.

They work with charities and the life sciences industry to help patients gain earlier access to breakthrough treatments. They also train and develop researchers to keep the nation at the forefront of international research.

Cobalt Health

Cobalt is a medical imaging charity.

Research4Gloucestershire (R4G)

Research4Gloucestershire is a collaboration between

  • Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gloucestershire CCG, Gloucestershire County Council
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • Cobalt Health.

Our Regulator

The Health Research Authority is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB), sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care. 

They are one of a number of organisations that work together in the UK to regulate different aspects of health and social care research. Their core purpose is to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research. 

 In order to achieve this they:

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