At AWP, we are committed to making research part of everything we do. Our Research and Development (R&D) teams support high quality research into the prevention, treatment and management of mental health problems, addictions and dementia. This includes supporting the development of research questions to supporting patients to access the research open across the Trust.

With a team of research practitioners and research nurses, we ensure the smooth running of commercial studies and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) portfolio.

Our research findings are put into clinical practice to improve care for everyone - not just in our region, but around the world.

Mental health research looks at:

  • how different therapies affect people's behaviour and feelings.
  • how well new and repurposed medicines work.
  • understanding different mental health diagnoses.

We also have an internationally renowned dementia clinical trials unit in Swindon called the Kingshill Research Centre.

Our work closely follows the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) guidelines for ‘research delivery performance’. This increases how many patients and service users have the chance to take part in research. It also helps us, the NHS and UK, attract commercial research partners to improve the breadth of research within mental health, providing better treatments and outcomes for those who use our services, including their carers, families and our staff.

We are committed to making sure we tell everyone involved in AWP services about our research. Whether you are a service user, relative, carer or member of staff, you can find out about the latest research projects we are working on here.

We share information about our research and ask you if you would like to be involved. At AWP, we call this approach Everyone Included, which is our way of making sure that you have the choice of receiving information about research, and some of our research uses this approach.

If you are interested, we can send you more information about how you can take part in current studies. You do not need permission from your clinical team to be involved and you can rest assured there are strict rules to protect your rights, safety and wellbeing. You can tell us at any time if you are no longer interested in receiving information in person, by phone, email or through the post.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network

The NIHR’s Clinical Research Network (West of England) enables the NHS to carry out high-quality clinical research. Visit their main website here.

The network also manages the ‘Be Part of Research’ website, featuring useful information about taking part in research studies and why it’s important. Visit the Be Part of Research NIHR website here.

West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)

The West of England AHSN is a network of NHS care providers working with partners in universities, industry, NHS commissioners and a wide range of other organisations committed to equality and excellence. They aim to widen the access to and use of innovative, evidence-based practice to improve health and care quality. The network covers the local areas of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bristol, North Somerset, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

Visit the website here.

People in Health West of England (PHWE)

PHWE is a partnership of local organisations working together to support researchers in involving the public in health and social care research, and to support the public in their involvement.

Visit the PHWE website here.

Bristol Health Partners

Bristol Health Partners is a dynamic partnership of Bristol's universities, major health and care providers and commissioners, covering the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. The purpose is to transform the understanding, prevention and treatment of key health problems.

Visit the Bristol Health Partners website here.