Getting involved with research

Our patients and research

At Sussex Partnership we carry out research to improve the care we give to our patients. We are one of the top five mental health trusts for research in the country. Our research is varied and could be:

  • taking part in a new therapy
  • completing questionnaires
  • attending an interview or a focus group
  • trying a new drug

Take a look at our film showing the benefits of taking part in research

Students of the Masters Film Making Course from the University of Sussex, gave up their time for free, to make a film for us in 2018 to show the benefits of taking part in research. Led by Lily Beresford, the students worked with the research team and clinicians as well as service users and carers who have been involved in our research; Bryan Goodenough, Liv Pontin and Angie Culham. Liv had left Sussex after making our film and sadly passed away in 2019. We miss her and will always be grateful to her valuable contributions to our research.

You can see it on our YouTube channel here:

Angie, a research participant, summed up the benefit of research in a nutshell, “Without research, there’s no progress!”


Patient involvement in research (PPI)

We work hard to make sure that patient and public involvement (PPI) is embedded within all our strands of research. We call these strands our research themes and they cover a range of mental health conditions and diagnoses. We are looking for people with lived experience of mental health difficulties to join our llived experience advisory panels and share their experiences, as this will help other people involved in research.

As a 'critical friend', what you tell us will help to make research more relevant and to improve the quality of treatment and care. We believe that if you ask people who have used or will be using the services/treatments you are testing, you will get a better result.

You will be invited to meetings which are relaxed and friendly and we’ll ask your opinion on how a research study should work. For example, we may look at the wording of the information or how we should explain the research study to people or what it is asking people to do. You will be paid for your time.

If you would like to learn more about how to join our involvement groups, please contact: or give us a ring on 0300 304 0088 and ask for Sam Robertson, or Julia Fountain.


Patient feedback

 If you have taken part in one of our studies, we would appreciate your feedback via the Participant Research Experience Survey The information you provide will be collected by the Clinical Research Network and will be treated in the strictest confdence. It will not affect any of your further treatment or any future participation in a research study. 

Everyone Counts

We want to make sure that everyone who uses our mental health services has the opportunity to hear about the range of mental health and dementia research studies within the Trust. 


So we can make sure that all people who use our adult mental health services have an equal chance of hearing about research and finding out more about how they can take part, we would like to send them relevent information about research studies from time to time. If you receive this information are under NO obligation to take part in a research study and saying 'no' will not affect your clinical care. You can change your mind about being contacted about research at any time.

If you do not wish to be contacted about research you can let us know in the following ways:

  • by completing the online form at the bottom of this page
  • by completing and posting the Everyone Counts form to us at:

Freepost Plus RSUY-BTLR-BXAG
Research & Development Department
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sussex Education Centre
Nevill Avenue
Hove BN3 7HZ

For more information please download our Everyone Counts leaflet and form.

Here is our Everyone Counts poster

If you have any further questions, please contact us  on 0300 304 0088 or email


The Research Network

The Research Network is our community of patients, carers, staff, researchers - in fact, anyone who is interested in learning more about our research. If you want to hear more about research studies, news and events, please join our Research Network. It's a good way to keep up-to-date with research taking part within Sussex Partnership and opportunities to take part as well as receiving invitations to our events, such as our Research Network Conference.

Please click the link below to complete the online form.