About us

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 and Care 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.