Clinical research is the study of health and illness in people. This is often split into two groups:

  • Observational Studies
    • These studies help researchers to understand a situation through observation of a particular area of interest and may take the form of the following types of studies:
      • Surveys / Questionnaires
      • Blood / saliva samples
  • Clinical Trials
    • Clinical trials test new ways of preventing, detecting or treating disease or illness. Treatments might be:
      • New drugs or combinations of drugs
      • New surgical procedures
      • New devices
      • New behavioural intervention
    • Clinical trials can also test other aspects of care, such as ways to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses

GLAD – Genetic Links to Anxiety & Depression

The GLAD Study is a project set up to explore risk factors in individuals who have experienced depression and/or anxiety, including those with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, OCD, or related disorders, at any time in their lives.

It aims to better understand depression and anxiety in order to find and develop more effective treatments. The GLAD Study is also part of the NIHR BioResource, which is a library of information about people's health aiming to support research in both physical and mental health.

To take part in the GLAD Study, you must:

  • Have experienced symptoms of anxiety and/or depression during your life
  • Be aged 16 and above
  • Live in the UK

The GLAD Study enrolment process consists of four steps:

  • Register on the website www.gladstudy.org.uk and read the Information Sheet
  • Providing consent (please put AWP as where you heard about the study
  • Completing a questionnaire
  • Providing a saliva sample

PREFER - Patient Preferences for Voice-Hearing Therapies

PREFER is a large national survey with patients who hear voices.

We are asking patients to tell us about their therapy preferences like:

  • when and where should therapy take place
  • what should therapy involve and what it should aim to improve?

If you are at least 16 and have heard voices for at least 6 months, we would like to invite you to take part by completing the questionnaire, which:

  • is done with a researcher
  • online, on a phone, or on paper
  • and should take about 45 minutes

The findings will be used to inform researchers and clinicians to help them develop and offer the types of therapies that patients really want.

Please visit the Kingshill Research page for details of the latest clinical trials and studies.