Types of research in AWP
Research in mental health is varied and may look at how different therapies affect people's behaviour and feelings, as well as how well medicines work.
To do research, we rely on the involvement of existing and potential users of our services, carers and members of the public, as well as people from organisations which represent service users.
Taking part in a research study
As well as helping us find ways of improving mental health care, taking part in a research study can give you access to new treatments and ways of working that wouldn't otherwise be available for years.
Taking part in a research study is entirely your decision. You don't need permission from your clinical team to be involved and there are strict rules to protect your rights, safety and wellbeing. If you do take part, all your personal information will be kept confidential.
Other ways you can get involved
There are many other ways you can be involved such as, offering advice as members of a steering group, commenting on and developing research materials, or carrying out interviews with research participants.
You don't need experience of research to do these things. Training and support will be made available, but some understanding of the research process does help.
To find out more about research, a good starting point is to look at the kinds of studies we are doing via the Research Study Library.
INVOLVE also has a very useful website and a series of booklets which are free to download.
How to get involved
If you are interested, please contact our R&D Co-ordinator, who can then put your details on the service users and carers research list (or database). This will help us match your skills, interests and experience to a suitable study. Your details will not be given out to anyone without your consent.
If a possible match is found, we will contact you and invite you to make contact with the research team. If you decide not to do this, then that is fine.
If you are interested in taking part in a clinical trial with Kingshill Research, please contact the Kingshill team.