What is Everyone Included?

Everyone Included is an approach we use to inform service users about ethically approved research studies being delivered within AWP. Everyone Included was relaunched in early 2022 after a pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. The approach helps to promote diversity and inclusion in research, which helps with our ambitions to create a culture of ‘Research For All’.

Everyone Included is an opt-out postal system. This means that we consider that service users want to hear about relevant research opportunities by post, unless they inform us otherwise. This is important because service users have told us they want to make this decision themselves and be asked directly about research.

How does Everyone Included work?

Service users are contacted by post, based on whether they fit the criteria outlined by a research study. These people are selected based on a variety of factors depending on what the study is about. Service users are sent a letter, which contains brief information about a research study and how to express an interest in taking part.

Service users can choose whether they would like to know more about the research study by responding to the letter. Service users can also ignore the letter, if there is no desire to take part in the research study. If service users choose not to take part, their care and treatment will not be affected.

Everyone Included was developed between 2012 and 2014. It was designed and developed with significant input from service users to ensure the design and implementation of the approach was suitable, relevant and appropriate. 

Everyone Included was reviewed in 2018 to ensure that the approach meets the standards of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018. 

Before Everyone Included was relaunched in 2022, we reviewed the approach alongside service users. It was important for us to check that Everyone Included was still fit for purpose after eight years of use. 

We asked service users about the approach and we received valuable feedback. This feedback helped us to simplify Everyone Included and make it more effective for the future.

Here are a few things that were changed, based on the feedback given by service users:

  • The letters sent to service users were made clearer and shorter. 
  • The maximum time that service users can be approached about a research study was changed from six months post-discharge from AWP services, to two years (in some cases). It was agreed that this change would be useful, due to the varying nature of some mental health conditions. A person discharged from the service, could still make a valuable contribution to a research study.
  • Service users will be contacted with details of a research opportunity if one is available. Previously, service users were provided with an introductory letter to the Everyone Included approach and then four weeks later, were contacted again with more detail about a research opportunity. This was considered confusing and unnecessary by service users. It was agreed that service users will only receive a single letter, combining information about Everyone Included and a relevant study opportunity. 
  • The process for service users to opt-out of Everyone Included was made clearer.

The Everyone Included will be continually reviewed, with consultation from service users, to make sure it is effective, inclusive and satisfies the needs of service users.

If service users no longer want to hear about research opportunities within the trust, this is called ‘opting out’. Service Users can opt out in several ways which include contacting the R&D team by phone or email. If an Everyone Included letter has been received, service users can opt out by completing the reply slip enclosed within the Everyone Included leaflet, and returning this slip to the R&D team, using the freepost envelope provided.  

Service users can always opt back into research, if they have previously opted out. This can be done by getting in touch with the R&D Team using the contact details below: 

Everyone Included
Research and Development 
Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership
Blackberry Hill Hospital
BS16 1EG

Phone: 0117 378 4535

Email: awp.researchforall@nhs.net

Studies using Everyone Included 

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 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 this 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:

  1. Register on the website www.gladstudy.org.uk and read the Information Sheet
  2. Provide consent (please put AWP as where you heard about the study)
  3. Complete a questionnaire
  4. Provide a saliva sample

AWP Research and Development contacts:

Ali Young (alexandra.young6@nhs.net)


This study closes on the 30th November 2024