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
If you are interested in dementia research across the country, you can also sign up to Join Dementia Research to stay in touch with what's happening. Join Dementia Research is funded by the Department of Health and delivered in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research, Alzheimer Scotland, Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society.
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 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 returning a paper version to us at:
Research & Development Department
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sussex Education Centre
Hove BN3 7HZ
- by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- by telephone: 0300 304 0088
If you have any further questions, please contact us on 0300 304 0088 or email email@example.com
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 scroll down to the bottom of this page for the online form.
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 T: 0300 304 0088 and ask for Sam Robertson, Laura Lea or Julia Fountain.
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.