Our research

Making care better

Our mental health research

We are one of the most active mental health research organisation in the south of England.  Over 20,000 people have taken part in our research studies since we set up the research department in 2006. These studies sit within our broad mental health research themes: dementia, young people, psychosis, brain and body, mood and anxiety, learning disability, personality, emergency & complex care and approaches to involvement & recovery. We want to encourage people to take part as well as make sure that the findings lead to changes in care and that patients and clinicians are kept informed.

The success of our research is a result of our patients who take part, our brilliant staff team and clinicians across our Trust. We have achieved this by paying attention to all aspects of the research process, from design of new studies, to delivery of existing research and to the translation of findings into practice.

Research data privacy statement

As an NHS organisation we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Our Data Protection Officer is Katie Rees and you can contact the team at information.governance@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk