Mental health and dementia research

We focus on all aspects of the research process from design and delivery of new mental health and dementia research studies to putting our research findings into practice.

Research clinics

Our research clinics are where clinicians work with service users and researchers to help us test out new therapies and treatments. The clinics are one example of how we bring research and new treatments directly to patients, while developing an evidence base for new interventions. 

Research themes

The research themes we're currently working on include: 

  • Approaches to involvement and recovery 
  • Children and young person's mental health 
  • Dementia and older people's mental health 
  • Learning disabilities 
  • Mood and anxiety 
  • Brain and body
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sussex psychosis research interest group

Get involved by taking part in a research study.  This can include taking part in a new therapy, completing questionnaires, attending an interview or focus group, or trying a new drug. We have a number of mental health and dementia research studies that are actively recruiting.

We collaborate with a wide range of research partners, such as other Trusts and universities, including the Centre for Dementia Studiesworking with Brighton and Sussex Medical School to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.  

We are part of the Health Research Partnership, a collaboration between Brighton and Sussex Medical School and other NHS organisations, to support research in the region.

Through these collaborations, we share expertise and develop and deliver research studies to address issues that affect people who use our services. Our collaborative endeavours have secured investment to build our research intrastructure, including more than £12million awarded to host the Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey & Sussex (ARC KSS)ARC KSS works with local providers of NHS services, care services, NHS commissioners, local authorities, universities, private companies and charities to conduct high quality, applied health and care research that addresses the specific health or care issues in our region. Key themes include: children and young people's mental health; social care; dementia; primary and community health services; co-production; health and social care economics; digital innovation; and public health.