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Getting involved in research

Research Team celebrating Clinical Trials Day
The research and development (R&D) team have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by pausing activity on many of their research studies. This is to limit non-essential patient contact. In due course, there may be opportunities to take part in COVID-19 related Mental Health studies and we will endeavour to make these studies available to you where possible.

There is an opportunity for everyone to take part in a study run by King’s College, London who have developed an app which tracks the symptoms of COVID-19. By using this app you're contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. The app will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads.  

The studies we support can involve: filling in questionnaires, trialling medication or lifestyle/care interventions.

If you are using our services you should be given the opportunity to participate in relevant research studies. You can also ask your clinician about any research the Trust may be supporting. 

If you are willing to be involved in research and an appropriate study is identified you will be invited for screening. Researchers will ask you questions and do some checks to make sure that you match up to the eligibility criteria of the study. After the screening stage most studies require an informed consent where the researchers answer any questions that you may have and you will have time to decide if you want to participate in the research. 

Don’t be put off by terminology! The research team can provide patient information sheets for the studies and will always explain or answer any questions that you may have. 

If you decide at any point that the research isn’t right for you and you would rather not participate it will not affect your treatment and care. The research team are always contactable and will always check that you are happy to continue to participate in a study.

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Research studies open for recruitment   

View our current research studies open for recruitment. Topics include: dementia, schizophrenia, ADHD, perinatal, prison studies and studies open for relatives and carers.

You can also view research studies we are currently supporting, but are no longer open for recruitment.

If you are interested in being involved in participating in research please email

View our latest Performance in Initiating and Performance in Delivery return 

What is it like to participate in research?

If you are thinking of participating in research you may find it useful to know that most people describe it as a positive experience. This is because of the enhanced treatment which they receive through more monitoring, care and support. 

Our team will try to work as flexibly as possible to accommodate study participants’ needs where possible, fitting research activities around current treatments or hospital appointments.

Further information about taking part in clinical trials is available on NHS Choices.

GDPR - Patient information and health and care research


All NHS organisations (including Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland) are expected to participate and support health and care research. The Health Research Authority and government departments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales set standards for NHS organisations to make sure they protect your privacy and comply with the law when they are involved in research. Our research ethics committees review research studies to make sure that the research uses of data about you are in the public interest, and meet ethical standards.

Health and care research may be exploring prevention, diagnosis or treatment of disease, which includes health and social factors in any disease area. Research may be sponsored by companies developing new medicines or medical devices, NHS organisations, universities or medical research charities. The research sponsor decides what information will be collected for the study and how it will be used.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that research sponsors have to demonstrate that their research serves the interests of society as a whole. They do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research. They also have to have a legal basis for any use of personally-identifiable information.

To find out more about how your data is used for research, please visit