Getting involved in research

Research Team celebrating Clinical Trials Day

Welcome to Research and Development at Devon Partnership NHS Trust. We feel passionately about sharing research opportunities with everyone that comes into contact with our services. We hope that you’ll find everything research-related that you’re looking for in these pages. If you want any further information then feel free to contact us on

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

People who use our services are automatically opted in to hearing about our research studies. This means if you are using our services you might 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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