Research is one of the most important ways that we can improve the quality and effectiveness of the services we offer our patients.
It is only by using the results of research that current treatments can improve and new tests and medications can be discovered.
Research is a major priority at West London Mental Health NHS Trust and we have invested heavily in the development of a high quality and comprehensive research programme.
Our research strategy
Our vision for research is set out in our five year research and development strategy, which highlights four reasons for undertaking more research:
- Improve patient care
- Improve staff engagement
- Create a ‘centre of excellence’ for research and clinical care
- Provide a complementary income stream to help achieve the first three reasons.
We aim to fully deliver the current R&D strategy by 2015, leading to a large increase in high quality research being available to patients and carers across the Trust and making it easier for people to take part in these studies.
Areas of research
We have developed several areas of clinical research, each of which has its own leadership with responsibility for a portfolio of studies:
- Cognitive impairment and dementia
- Mood and psychosis
- Forensic mental health
- Personality disorder
- Child and adolescent mental health
- Gender reassignment.
Each area of research is also supported by the research, management and governance office, the clinical trials facility and the recruitment and feasibility team.
We will always make sure that studies are safe and appropriate for our patients.