Making care better

Over 20,000 people have taken part in our research studies since we set up the research department in 2006. These studies sit within our broad mental health research themes: dementia, young people, psychosis, brain and body, mood and anxiety, learning disability, personality, emergency & complex care and approaches to involvement & recovery. We want to encourage people to take part as well as make sure that the findings lead to changes in care and that patients and clinicians are kept informed.

We attribute this success to our patients who take part, to staff in our team and to other clinicians in the Trust, by paying attention to all aspects of the research process, from design of new studies, to the delivery of existing research and to the translation of findings into frontline care.

Study Design: We have a range of support to help people with their study design. From the outset, when you begin to think about your research question,  it's vital that you asked people with lived experience for their views about your plans. We aim to include the expertise of people with ‘lived experience’ in each stage of the research process, from study design, assisting with how people will take part and disemmination of findings. We collaborate with academic partners and our Research Involvement Team, who coordinate our Lived Experience Advisory Forum (LEAF,) to ensure that our research activity is developed locally to address issues of great concern to the people that use our services. 

Delivery - Taking part in research:  'Everyone Counts' gives all of our patients the opportunity to hear about research and enables us to offer research opportunities to more people . All our patients can be contacted about research unless they have let us know they don't want to hear from us. Our research portfolio covers a range of areas including: OCD, distressing voices, dementia, psychosis and exploring links between physical health and mental health.  Further engagement in research continues to be provided by our Research Network - this is a community of staff, patients, carers - in fact anyone who is interested in mental health research. Members of our Research Network are kept up-to-date about research within the Trust, including seminars and news updates.

Translation: Our research activity has played a significant role in improving the quality of services we offer to vulnerable people in public places (Street Triage), young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis (Early Intervention in Psychosis Services), people in crisis (Crisis Resolution Teams), people experiencing OCD (The OCD Clinic) and people distressed by hearing voices (Sussex Voices Clinic) We have produced several resources, including a downloadable app for people who hear voices.

As a member of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Clincal Research Network, it is our task to drive innovation and improvement by translating research into clinical practice. To achieve an even closer relationship between research, teaching and clinical innovation we work with Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs). CAGs have areas of speciality, such as psychosis, mood and anxiety, dementia, or complex care and enable  mutually beneficial environment where research informs clinical care and clinical evidence feeds back into further research. CAGs can also link to specialist centres of innovation, such as the Sussex Mindfulness Centre and the Centre for Dementia Studies. These centres of innovation are examples of how we have structured our services to ensure that the learnings from our research are translated into real changes in how we help the people in our care. 

Click here to find out more about our current themes of research and to contact our Research Team.

Research Data Privacy Statement

As an NHS organisation we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Our Data Protection Officer is Katie Rees and you can contact the team at


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 service 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 timePatients sent this information are under NO obligation to take part in a research study and saying 'no' will not affect their clinical care.    If there are research studies that the Research & Development department think patients may be interested to hear about then they will send out more information. Patients can change their mind about being contacted about research at any time.

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

  • by completing the online form
  • by completing and returning a paper version to us at:

Research & Development Department
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sussex Education Centre
Nevill Avenue
Hove BN3 7HZ

For more information you can download our research leaflet here.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Research Manager on 0300 304 0088 or email



Our Research Network is a community of Sussex Partnership staff, researchers, patients, carers of people who joined because they are interested in research and/or have taken part in research or attended our research events. We send out emails and letters to give you information about research studies, recent news and events. We do not pass your name to anyone outside the organisation.


Our Research team is leading and participating in nationally important research into mental health conditions and treatment. By joining the network we will collect your name, preferred method of contact (address, email and/or telephone number), whether you are a service user, carer or staff member and diagnosis (optional).

Once you join the Research Network your details will be registered with the Research Team and you will receive regular information about research within Sussex Partnership.

Selected members of our Research Team will regularly check which studies are available to you and send you information about these studies, you can then choose to take part if you want to. We will not access your medical notes without your consent.

If you would like to withdraw from the Research Network please use one of the contact methods below. Please provide us with your full name in order for us to adjust our records accurately.



Telephone: 0300 304 0088


Address: Research Network

Research & Development Department

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Education Centre

Nevill Avenue






All of our four research clinics are embedded within NHS services: the Flourishing Families Clinic and the OCD Clinic provide health & wellbeing interventions for service users engaged with the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services which provide primary care; whilst the Voices Clinic and the Immunopyschiatry Clinic are both embedded within the Assessment Treatment Service (ATS) which provide secondary and tertiary care. All research clinics collect routine (collected normally as part of your clinical care) clinical data about the service users accessing their clinics so that they can monitor how the clinic impacts on their health and wellbeing and so that they can look at how best to make service development decisions.


Patients receiving therapy will continue to receive their usual care and will be given the opportunity to find out about and take part in research studies to help improve the quality of the interventions we offer.


We will only use enough of your personal information that will be relevant and necessary for us to carry out various tasks within the delivery of your care.


We will keep your information accurate and up to date when using it and if it is found to be wrong, we will make it right, where appropriate, as soon as we can.


We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, regulatory, accounting, or reporting requirements.


To determine the appropriate retention period for personal information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal information, the purposes for which we process your personal information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.


If you would like to withdraw from your Research Clinic please use one of the contact methods below. Please provide us with your full name and the name of your clinic in order for us to adjust our records accurately.


Email:  (please add Unsubscribe from clinic in subject)


Telephone: 0300 304 0088


Address: Sussex Partnership Research & Development Department

Sussex Education Centre

Nevill Avenue