Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust rated highly for research

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been rated one of the most research active NHS mental health trusts in the annual league table produced by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Sussex Partnership is ranked 2nd out of the 54 specialist NHS mental health trusts for the number of people involved in research. The Trust has achieved a 62% increase in the number of people involved in research studies within the last year, having recruited 3932 research participants in 2018/19 compared to 2427 in 2017/18.

Clinical research studies enable patients and volunteers to contribute to learning that has a direct impact on the way mental health care is provided both now and in the future.

Each year, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) publishes the NIHR Research Activity League Table. It provides a picture of research activity across all NHS trusts and regions in England. The table data includes how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of trusts, and involving how many patients.

Dr Mark Hayward, Director of Research at Sussex Partnership said: “I’m delighted we’ve continued to be ranked as one of the most research active NHS mental health trusts in the country. This shows we are serious about research being a core part of the way we provide and continue improving services for patients and families.

Our ‘home grown’ research has enabled us to bring the latest, evidence based interventions directly to patients here and now. But we’re not standing still. What we want to do next is improve our understanding of what motivates people to become involved in studies and how we can encourage more of them to do so. We also want to get more NHS staff involved in getting the message across about the value of research to patient experience.”

Sam Allen, CEO of Sussex Partnership Trust, said: “Being a research active organisation is one really important way of using innovation, knowledge and learning to continue improving patient experience.  Working with the people who use our services and their families to generate research knowledge helps us continuously improve the care and treatment we provide.

The recently published NHS Long Term plan aims to get one million people directly involved in healthcare research by 2023/24. We’re doing our bit through the 62% increase in the last year in the number of people we have recruited to studies. But what matters most of all is people’s experience of research. We want them to feel valued, informed and involved in helping us develop new treatments for tomorrow.”

For more information, and to enquire about current studies, please contact: askaboutresearch@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk or 0300 304 0088.

More information is also available at www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/our-research.