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Research Saves Lives

We put research at the heart of everything we do

Sussex Partnership is becoming a leading teaching and research Trust which promotes learning, research and professional development and encourages the use of best practice to improve the quality of care.

The Research Department’s core objectives are to develop a culture of research, by increasing research activity, to shape services and increase research income to fund further research. We aim to do this by developing links with academic partners and other external stakeholders.

Our research

We are now the most active mental health research organisation in the South of England as we recruit increasingly more participants into high quality studies that are supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

We strive to increase the amount of high quality research led by researchers within Sussex Partnership and to increase the opportunities for service users, carers and staff to participate in research. It is important to translate research findings into the highest quality treatments and services. People who use our services need to feel confident that the support and treatments they are receiving are based upon the best available evidence.

Involving others

Our Research Network gives people who use our services the opportunity to be actively involved in mental health research - we aim to ensure this opportunity is available to all patients, carers and staff.

We have won a national award for our clinical research impact and the way we try to involve staff and the public in our research – via our seminar programme, our Research Magazine and the Research Network.


We continue to grow our clinical research through partnerships with our local universities and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

In partnership with the Brighton & Sussex Medical School we have appointed Professor Sube Banerjee to lead the development of our Centre for Dementia Studies. In David Fowler we have a new Professor in partnership with the University of Sussex who has plans for an extensive programme of clinical research exploring the needs of young people.

We have created the Sussex Mindfulness Centre and the Centre for Dementia studies to ensure that the learning within studies is translated into changes in practice.

“Research plays a vital role within a thriving healthcare organisation. We are very proud of the research culture that we have developed within Sussex Partnership. These web pages give information about the research studies we are conducting, the people who make this research happen and our plans for the future. Most importantly, you can find out how you can get involved with research.” - Dr Mark Hayward, Director of Research

“Research underpins all our clinical practice demonstrating we are learning from evidence and promoting innovative practice. Research and the development of our Teaching Trust status go hand in hand and the stronger our academic platform the higher the calibre of our staff will be.” - Dr Kay MacDonald, Strategic Director of Therapies

Meet the team and our partners

Research activity and themes



Research management and governance


Events and communications

Involvement and the Research Network