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Research studies - open for recruitment

There are a number of studies within the Research and Development team still "open to recruitment" or are continuing where data can be collected online, by telephone or by non-face to face means. If you would like to participate or for more information, please contact the researcher for each project. These are as follows:

Research studies open to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


Co-CAT is a large national Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT), led by Oxford University. The Principal Investigator is Dr Oana Mitrofan. You can meet Dr Mitrofan below.

Parents/carers of children aged 5-12 years of age with anxiety and on the waiting list to be offered an intervention are invited to participate, alongside their child, in this exciting study, which is trialling a parent- led, online therapy programme for families and how it compares with existing treatments.

For more information contact:


NEUROMECH is a unique study led by University of Exeter, looking at the  neurobiological mechanisms of self-harm following sexual abuse. The Principal Investigator is Dr Pia Pechtel.

We are looking for females to join the study (aged 14-18 years) who have experienced sexual abuse and who have self-harmed.

What’s involved?

  • 1 brief phone conversation (approximately 10 minutes)
  • 1 online session with a researcher (approximately one and a half hours): Questionnaires and play a game on a computer.
  • Participants receive a gift voucher (£20) and their information is kept  confidential.

For more information contact:

CAMHS surveys

Psychological impact of COVID-19 survey: The aim of the psychological impact of COVID-19 survey is to better understand how the coronavirus changing restrictions are affecting our day-to-day lifestyle and the impact on wellbeing.

Anyone over the age of 16 can take part in this online questionnaire. Please remember to select that you heard about the survey from Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

COVID-19 impact on young people’s service survey: In September, we have launched a survey, to receive the views of children and young people on how COVID-19 has impacted their care in CAMHS.

We are interested in hearing about their experiences of receiving support from CAMHS through online platforms instead of face to face. These views will be very important in helping us to understand the best ways to provide helpful services in the future, after COVID-19.

We would appreciate if all clinicians can inform clients to complete this survey.

Other recruitment studies open

Mood Disorders

Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD)

Join us is in the world’s largest study of depression and anxiety. We are looking for people aged 16+, live in England, who have ever had serious / clinical depression and / or anxiety. Our recruitment will help towards forming the largest re-contactable biobank of participants diagnosed with or suffering from two very common disorders, depression and anxiety, who will be primarily recruited through an online platform. Our project will explore genetic and environmental factors associated with risk for depression and anxiety disorders in the UK, to understand these common disorders and help develop better treatments.

Health Research: General Population 

PROTECT: A longitudinal study of cognition in people over 50 

PROTECT is an innovative cohort and infrastructure which is tailor-made to enable large-scale longitudinal data collection on ageing, deliver affordable clinical trials and to address the current barriers to prevention research. It is the only remote, purely online ageing cohort in existence. 

PROTECT participants’ complete in-depth annual validated cognitive and mental health assessments in addition to providing rich data on lifestyle, medical and demographic factors. The cognitive assessment batteries are unique, providing an unprecedented depth of insight into cognitive function through a fully remote and automated testing system. This dataset is supplemented by remote DNA sampling of all participants which are subjected to full genotyping, thus streamlining the process further and providing a fully genetically and cognitively characterised cohort. The PROTECT online format enables large-scale data collection and analysis at a fraction of the cost of traditional in-person cohort follow-up.

University of Cambridge NHS health data consent survey (CLIMB)

This study is an anonymous online survey to establish patient and public views on the sharing of identifiable health data for clinical purposes, and de-identified health data for research within the UK. By health data we mean any information collected about a person’s health, including things like medical notes, blood test results, etc. 

This study seeks opinions on whether the public holds different views about the sharing of mental versus physical health data, and, in the context of research, about structured versus “free text” de-identified data. It will also seek views about a national consent form, about data linkage for research, and about a national web portal to sign up to be contacted about health research.

The survey is open to anyone residing in the UK over the age of 16 (or under 16 with parental permission) who can access the online survey. The survey takes approximately 18-25 minutes to complete but does not have to be completed in one sitting. It does ask questions about the respondent’s own physical and mental health, and some personal demographics, but all questions have a “prefer not to answer” choice. The study aims to recruit > 1000 people over 6 months.

A Survey of Preferences for the Arts Therapies

If you wish to take part please email as detailed above and a researcher will contact you , allocate you a study id number and talk you through the online survey.

This short survey will find out how many people know about the arts therapies and which of the
Arts modalities (music, dance-movement, drama and art) they would choose if they were given these options.

This research will help to understand the reasons why people have different preferences and how much they know about the treatment options available. Once we know more about this, we can develop better information to support people to make informed choices about their treatment.


NEON (Narrative Experiences Online) study: trials of an online intervention
This study consists of three pragmatic randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of the NEON Intervention, a web-site providing access to the NEON Collection of mental health recovery narratives. All study procedures are conducted online. 
The trials are as follows: 
NEON Trial: a definitive trial of the use of the NEON Intervention to support people with experience of psychosis and current experience of mental health distress;
NEON-O trial: an exploratory trial of the use of the NEON Intervention to support people with experience of other (non-psychosis) mental health problems and current experience of mental health distress;
NEON-C trial: an exploratory trial of the use of the NEON Intervention to support people who have acted as informal carers for people with experience of mental health problems.