Research and Development

The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) Mental Health Research Team is a group of Research Nurses, Clinical Studies Officers, Administrators and Volunteers that work together to run and promote research in Cornwall.

Why is research needed?

Everyone involved in the NHS today benefits from research that has already taken place, and will continue to benefit from research being carried out now and in the future. Health professionals know a lot about health, disease and medicines, but there is always more to learn. Research provides answers by filling gaps in current knowledge. This can lead to changes in the way health professionals work.

Information can be obtained by interviews or questionnaires; by tests through patients in a clinical setting, measuring the effects of new drugs or perhaps using patient records or a combination of these, depending on the study. All research is conducted in accordance with confidentiality and data protection guidelines and will not affect the standard of care you receive. The overall aim is to determine the best treatments and services for improving mental wellbeing. Get involved if you are a patient, a carer or perhaps a member of the public with an interest in improving mental wellbeing, you can help us. You have valuable knowledge and expertise based on your experience of a health condition.

Why do research? For patients, you are contributing to peoples’ care in the future and at the same time your own clinical care will be enhanced. For clinicians, you will be improving care for patients in the present as well as the future, and your own career will be intellectually enriched. For the NHS, we improve the quality of patient care and generate income as part of life science advancement. Why do research? Because it helps us all here in Cornwall.”

Richard Laugharne, Consultant Psychiatrist, Lead for Research at Cornwall Foundation Trust

What is a research study?

Research studies aim to find out important information in response to a health question. To be reliable it involves obtaining health data from a wide range of people. These people agree to participate as volunteers because their health issues or experiences fit the topic of the study and the criteria set.

There are various ways that you can help.
These include:

  • becoming a participant in a research study
  • shaping research by becoming actively involved and advising at group discussions when studies are being developed

Our Research

Please follow the links to find out more information regarding the studies that we are currently recruiting to in our Trust. If you are interested in becoming involved in any of the studies please contact the Research Team on 01209 318366 or by e-mail:
cpn-tr.CFTresearch@nhs.net

Prevalence of Pathogenic Antibodies in Psychosis (PPiP)

Click here to visit southernhealth.nhs.uk

The PPiP study aims to understand if some cases of psychosis are caused by immune system problems in some people.

Adult Autism Cohort

Click here to visit autismspectrum-uk

This research study is called ‘Learning about the lives of adults on the autism spectrum’. Our aim is for our research to lead to new knowledge about people’s lives, and change to services and support for adults on the autism spectrum and their relatives.

VALID

Click here to view the VALID leafletTo open a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader

VALID is a research study involving people with dementia, and the people who support them (a supporter could be a family member, friend or neighbour). We are looking at the possible benefits of a programme of occupational therapy for people who have been diagnosed with dementia and those who regularly support them.

Minocycline in Alzheimer’s disease Efficacy (MADE) Trial

Click here to view the MADE leafletTo open a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader

We are looking to recruit people who have been diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease and who are interested in taking part in research.

STEPWISE

Click here to view the Study GuideTo open a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader

Structured Lifestyle Education for People with Schizophrenia

REACT

Click here to view the REACT PosterTo open a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader

REACT (Relatives Education And Coping Toolkit) is an online peer-supported toolkit for relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder which contains lots of information to help relatives, ideas of strategies to manage common problems, and stories from other relatives about their experiences. The aim of this study is to test the effectiveness of REACT for reducing relatives’ distress and explore the costs involved in delivering this intervention.

Living Well and Enhancing Active Life: The IDEAL Study

Click here to visit idealproject.org.uk

Click here to view the IDEAL Information PosterTo open a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader

Click here to view the IDEAL Information LeafletTo open a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader

As we get older we experience various changes in memory and other abilities which can affect our well-being and quality of life. The IDEAL project will investigate what helps people to live well and what makes it difficult to live well in this situation.

Molecular Genetics of Adverse Drug Reactions

Click here to view the ADR – Patient PosterTo open a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study looking at RED RESULTS from Clozaril monitoring visit blood tests. If you have ever had a red result, you may be eligible to help.

DPIM Bipolar and DPIM Schizophrenia: DNA Polymorphisms in Mental Illness
We are calling on all people with Bipolar Affective Disorder or Schizophrenia to help us to develop a better understanding of the genetics behind the disorders. For more information on this study please contact the Research Manager

LonDownS Study – The London Down Syndrome Consortium (LonDownS): an integrated study of cognition and risk for Alzheimer’s Disease in Down Syndrome

Click here to view the Londowns Study – Easy Read PosterTo open a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader

We are looking for people with Down syndrome, aged 18 and older. Participants will need to be able to understand simple instructions and do simple puzzles and games. We will include people who have stable and treated mental or physical health problems. We will not be able to include people who are currently affected by an acute illness, but they will be welcome to take part when they are better.

COFI – Comparing Policy Framework, Structure, Effectiveness And Cost-effectiveness Of Functional And Integrated Systems Of Mental Health Care
This study is about finding the best way to set up mental health services to treat patients. For more information on this study please contact the Research Manager.

Get Involved

The Research & Development team for Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust are creating a database of people who are interested in research. This is so that you can be contacted about particular studies that you could potentially take part in. This does not mean you are committed to participating but we will contact you to ask if you would like to be involved.

If you are interested in participating in a Research Study please print and complete the consent form below. If you are not able to do this then you can contact the Research Team on: 01209 318366

E-mail: cpn-tr.CFTresearch@nhs.net to request a Research Interest Consent Form to be sent to you.

Click here to view a Research Interest Consent FormTo open a PDF you may need to download Adobe Reader

Please return completed forms the Research Team.

Contact Information

Sharon Hudson
Research Manager
Trengweath
Penryn Street
Redruth
TR15 2SP
01209 318367

Email: sharon.hudson2@nhs.net

Reporting – Improving performance in the initiation and delivery of clinical research

NIHR Clinical Trial 70-day Benchmark and Clinical Trial Recruitment Transparency

The Department of Health requires, via the new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) contracts with providers of NHS services, the publication on a quarterly basis of information regarding: the 70-day benchmark for clinical trial initiation; and the recruitment to time and target for commercial contract clinical trials.

Providers of NHS services are required to publish the following information for Initiating Clinical Research within the 70-day benchmark on their own website:

  • The name of the trial
  • The Research Ethics Committee reference number
  • The date of receipt of a Valid Research Application
  • The date of the recruitment of first patient
  • Where the benchmark has not been achieved for a particular clinical trial, the reason for not doing so.

Providers of NHS services are also required to publish the following information regarding commercial contract clinical trials, to meet the transparency commitment for delivering clinical research to time and target on their own websites:

  • The name of the trial;
  • The Research Ethics Committee reference number;
  • The target number of patients it has agreed to recruit to that trial;
  • The date by which it has agreed to recruit the target number of patients;
  • The trial status: e.g. ongoing or finished; and
  • If trial recruitment has finished, whether or not the agreed target number of patients was recruited within the agreed time.

2017/18
Q1 – Performance In Initiating and Delivering – Nil return for this period.
2016/17
Q4 – Performance In Initiating and Delivering
Q3 – Performance In Initiating and Delivering
Q2 – Performance In Initiating and Delivering – Nil return for this period.
Q1 – Performance In Initiating and Delivering – Nil return for this period.

2015/16

Q4 – Performance In Initiating and Delivering
Q3 – Performance In Initiating and Delivering
Q2 – Performance In Initiating and Delivering