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Service users are at the heart of everything we do at the Trust, including our research. We aim to offer local people the opportunity to have a national voice – influencing and improving future NHS care and treatment through participation in research.

Taking part in the bipolar research study made me feel I am a more whole person, hopefully this research will help other people and enhance health care professionals' approach, resulting in better treatment and understanding of bipolar disorder.

The NHS Constitution published in January 2009, commits to innovation and to the promotion & conduct of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population.

Research is a core part of the NHS. Research enables the NHS to improve the current and future health of the people it serves. The NHS will do all it can to ensure that patients, from every part of England, are made aware of research that is of particular relevance to them. The NHS is therefore putting in place procedures to ensure that patients are notified of opportunities to join in relevant ethically approved research and will be free to choose whether they wish to do so. 

However, research cannot happen without the help of our service users, carers and public. There are two ways you can get actively involved:

Become a participant in a research study

The Trust hosts numerous national research studies each year, together with many smaller scale local projects; these cover all areas of NHS care provided by the Trust including mental health, learning disability and drug or alcohol misuse.

Clinical research measures changes that are very precise and controlled so that research results are as clear and as informative as possible. This means that the inclusion criteria can be very narrow – however we are always actively seeking local participants.

If you would like to volunteer to be a participant in local research, please contact the research team who will advise you on studies recruiting locally – details of these studies are also listed on the "Our Studies" page under this section.