Research and Development (R&D) within the NHS aims to increase the clinical and cost effectiveness of health and social care, improving service user and carers' experience of mental health services. Further, working closely with service user and carers, the Trust works to build involvement in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of R&D.
We have a strong and exciting research culture within the Trust with excellent links to our three local universities, universities across the country and other research partners and Research & Development are currently hosting SW DeNDRoN and the MHRN West Hub.
With research taking place across all Strategic Business Units (SBUs), the Trust's R&D office manages research in line with NHS research governance, NHS Research Ethics and Department of Health (DH) guidelines.
AWP hosts over 90 projects per year which are funded by a range of non-commercial, charitable and commercial research funding organisations, including the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, Department of Health, European Commission, Economic and Social Research Council, Alcohol Education Research, and the National Lottery Commission. Much of our funding comes from the Department of Health, via funding schemes such as Research for Patient Benefit.
The BEST in Mental Health Project (Best Evidence Summaries of Topics in Mental Health) has also been developed (in collaboration with the Cochrane group at the University of Bristol and AWP) to provide a clinical questions and answer service for AWP clinicians and managers.
AWP must at all time conduct all of its research within the Department of Health's Research Governance Framework. AWP have implemented a thorough framework of research governance, with the Trust being involved in a number of national research governance initiatives and projects. All research that involves the Trust should be submitted to the AWP Research and Development Centre for approval, and for appropriate NHS research ethics committee review, before a project can start.