- Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 15:33
If you’re physically unwell, the route to diagnosis and treatment is often quite straightforward - you can see quickly how science makes a difference to people’s health. In mental health, the journey isn’t as clear. Historically we haven’t had such a strong evidence base and our treatments have largely been based on compassion and protection.
But things are changing. It’s exciting. In the last few years the science of mental health has leapt forward and now we’re starting to be able to do much more for our patients. We’re starting to embed what we’ve learned into how we care. Not just looking after people but actually helping them improve.
Taking them step by step towards recovery and wellbeing.
At Sussex Partnership we take research and learning seriously. It’s an ever more fundamental part of how we work. We’re building a world-class team with a clinical academic lead for every care pathway and strong links to our local universities. We’re learning from others and discovering for ourselves what works and what doesn’t.
And we’re starting to feed these insights and ideas into what we do, how we run our services and how we care.
It’s not easy. We have to break the boundaries between academic and clinical thinking, between patient compassion and lived experience. We have to be open to what the data says and that can mean challenging ingrained processes and attitudes. It will sometimes mean rethinking how our services are designed and evaluated.
“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