Research and Innovation Contact Details

Tel: 01209-204020


Facebook: @CFTResearch

Twitter: @CPFT Research

Kernow Building, Wilson Way, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3QE.

About Us

The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) Research Team deliver clinical research throughout Cornwall.  Research is a vital component of NHS care to determine the best treatments and services for improving the nation's mental and physical well-being.  CFT is a Research-Active NHS Trust, meaning that research and adding to the evidence base for healthcare form a key element of CFT services.  The CFT Research Team places great value on embedding research into clinical practice and is dedicated to promoting health research across Cornwall.  Patients are at the centre of all we do.  Our aim is for all patients to have the choice and opportunity to participate in quality research. 

The CFT Research Team implements national and international research studies in Cornwall.  They also support the development and delivery of studies in Cornwall, some of which may be recruiting nationally.  CFT Research Team delivers research studies into a wide range of conditions and treatments provided by CFT, including mental health conditions in children and adults, dementia and Alzheimers Disease, Intellectual Disability (Learning Disability), Epilepsy, Autism, Parkinson's Disease and frailty. 

The team is comprised of research staff from varied backgrounds including nursing, psychiatry, allied health professions, research assistants and administrative staff.

  • Director of Research and Innovation: Dr Richard Laugharne
  • Deputy Director of Research and Innovation: Dr Rohit Shankar
  • Research Manager: Benjamin Hyams
  • Assistant Research Manager: Joanna Ledger

Become a Research Champion 

The CFT Research Team is developing a network of Research Champions across all services offered by CFT.  The role of Research Champions to help inform patients and colleagues on how they can get involved in research.

To express an interest in the role please email or if you would like to discuss it further, please contact Joanna Ledger or Alan Beattie on 01209 204020

Research Champion Role.pdf [pdf] 93KB


Newsletter 1 April 2022 [pdf] 274KB

Newsletter 18 December 2021 [docx] 200KB


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