Our aim is to improve the quality of life for patients and carers through high quality research and to develop staff knowledge and expertise through involvement in research.
Research and Development team
Research in AWP is led by Dr Julian Walker, supported by Hannah Antoniades and a skilled Research and Development (R&D) team located at Fromeside, Blackberry Hill in Bristol.
We deal with all aspects of R&D including R&D permissions, setting up studies, grant applications and supporting specific studies. We have
- a team of Clinical Studies Officers (CSO) and research nurses who support the NIHR studies
- a clinical question and answering service called BEST in Mental Health, who have their own website.
- an Everyone Included team.
All research is managed in line with NHS research governance, NHS Research Ethics and Department of Health (DH) guidelines.
Kingshill Research Centre
The Kingshill Research Centre, based at the Victoria Centre, Swindon is a commercial clinical trial centre and has been in operation for twenty years. The centre is renowned for its work and was involved in the original clinical trials for all the current licensed drugs for Alzheimer's disease, including Aricept.
Although the Kingshill Centre is based in Swindon, we welcome recruits from all over Avon, North Somerset and Wiltshire and at times, from further afield.
Clinical trials help us evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, as well as looking at combinations of new and existing drugs or how they work in other conditions. All of which is carried out under strict ethical guidelines.
There are a number of benefits for patients taking part in clinical trials, such as access to new medication prior to license and the advantage of close monitoring
Although there are no certain benefits, clinical trials give individuals the the satisfaction of knowing they may be helping others in the future and of giving hope for those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. The centre has received very positive feedback from those who have been involved