Research and development

Research is built into the NHS Constitution which says that the NHS has a “commitment to innovation and to the promotion and conduct of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population."

We have a dedicated Research and Development Team who undertake national and local research projects. These projects are conducted with the support of service users, their carers, friends and family alongside our staff and allow us to establish important research outcomes that improve future support and treatment of people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities.

Our Trust aims to give service users, their carers, friends and families and our staff the chance to find out about research and actively encourage people to take part.

You can find out more about the research studies currently underway on our current projects page. This includes a list of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Portfolio projects.

What does the Research and Development Team do?

We are keen to encourage service users, their carers, friends and families to support research not just by taking part but by using their knowledge and experiences. More information about how to get involved can be found on our how to get involved page.

Our Research and Development Team also assists both internal and external researchers to conduct research and service evaluations within our Trust.

To find out more about conducting research in our Trust please visit our conducting research page. Further information on conducting research including the roles of chief and principal investigators, intellectual property and NHS research is available in our information leaflets in the downloads section of this page.

Reporting the outcomes and results of projects is as important as conducting the research itself to ensure learnings are shared. Visit our publications page to see a list of publications by our staff members and read our Research and Development Team newsletter – Innovation.

Each edition of our Innovation newsletter includes abstracts of completed research projects, details of upcoming projects, and helpful information for researchers.

If you’re a member of Trust staff or another professional interested in finding out more about research opportunities at our Trust you may find our Annual Research Forum a useful event to attend.