The mental health speciality is one of over 30 specialities which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. It is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that the mental health studies that are included in our national portfolio of research receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
Nine clinical research assistants (CRAs) work in our community mental health teams, inpatient wards, and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services to communicate directly with staff members and service users regarding opportunities, training and study delivery and patient and public involvement in research.
The CRAs supported recruitment of more than 1,500 participants to more than 30 studies in 2017/2018 from interventional and genetic studies to observational projects looking at a wide variety of clinical and service related issues.
The team consists of Claudia Hurducas (Research Implementation Manager), Tahnee Marquardt (Senior Research Assistant), and nine Clinical Research Assistants: Ceri Morgan, Rebecca Dean, Alex Bothwell, Anne-Marie Nillo, Sherin Varghese, Lucy Desborough, Duncan Dudley-Hicks, Anna Heinen and Jade Harvey.
Contact the team on email@example.com or 01865 902013.
Current studies include:
Ebselen is a randomised control trial investigating whether ebselen can reduce symptoms of hypomania in patients experiencing acute relapse. Participation in the study lasts for four weeks and includes self-rated questionnaires as well as wearing an activity watch.
LQD aims to compare lithium versus quetiapine as an add-on therapy for treatment resistant depression. Participants will be randomly allocated to one of the medications and will be monitored at eight, 26, and 52 weeks with blood tests, blood pressure, True Colours mood monitoring and questionnaires.
Psychosis and schizophrenia:
PPIP2 aims to define the prevalence of psychosis that is caused by an antibody mediated disorder. Participants complete a short questionnaire and provide a blood sample which is then tested and results are shared with them and the clinical team.
RADAR is a randomised trial to assess the benefits and risks of a flexible, supported strategy for antipsychotic dose reduction and discontinuation where possible, in schizophrenia and non-affective psychosis.
ASC-UK focuses on the lives of adults on the autistic spectrum and understanding their experiences as they age. Study participation involves completion of questionnaires.
Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis studies:
We currently recruit to six Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (OCAP) studies such as Feeling Safe, THRIVE, and SlowMo. These studies are generally targeted at patients with psychosis and persecutory delusions and aim to investigate different courses of treatment (such as virtual reality, digital therapy, and psychological therapy).
Approve aims to develop two questionnaires – one that can measure assertive responding to voices and another that can measure assertive responding to other people. Participation involves completing a questionnaire with the support of a research assistant.
CAPRI-VOC study examines mothers who have experienced serious mental illness with infants aged between 9-18 months (+/-2 months) from any service (inpatient, community, etc.) to be seen at home or at base (depending on their preference) together with their babies. This is part of a bigger investigation into risk factors associated with parental mental illness for children’s development.
COPe-E is a randomised control trial and aims to find out if COPe-support (online resource) works to improve carers’ wellbeing and how well they cope with caring.
We have a small team working in our community mental health teams, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services and inpatient wards. We work with clinicians, service users and carers to promote and offer opportunities get involved in research.
Contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 378 5264.
Current research includes:
ASC-UK focuses on the lives of adults on the autistic spectrum and understanding their experiences as they age. Study participation involves completion of various questionnaires.
Triangle aims to examine whether the addition of a patient and carer skill sharing intervention improves long term patient wellbeing following hospital treatment for anorexia. Participants and their carers will be involved in the study for 18 months.
Psychosis and schizophrenia:
PPIP2 Study aims to define the prevalence of psychosis that is caused by an antibody mediated disorder. Participants complete a short questionnaire and provide a blood sample which is then tested and results are shared with them and the clinical team.
Find mental health studies taking place in your area using the map below:
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Visit the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust website for information on mental health studies taking place in Berkshire.
Visit the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust website for information on mental health studies taking place in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
For more information on mental health research in Thames Valley, visit the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, the University of Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and the University of Reading School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences websites.
Find studies you could participate in at bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk.