Our research

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Looking at perceptions of technology

We all use technology in our daily lives and so the MINDER study is looking at how we could harness it to monitor our health and assist the way we live.

‘Minder’ is a survey of your thoughts and perceptions of medical devices (technology which is used to diagnose, monitor, or treat a health condition). 

We are interested in hearing from everyone over 18, those who have and those who haven’t had experience with medical devices.

• The online survey takes 10 minutes to complete.

For more information and to take part please click here  

When asked, “How did you hear about this survey?” Please select Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Testing a new cognitive assessment tool
Sussex Partnership  is delighted to be part of a study exploring a new and inexpensive dementia screening tool in the NHS to improve  identification and diagnosis of Dementia. It’s is a quick and easy to use test of cognitive performance, using an iPad. Patients who have been referred to NHS memory clinics will be asked to take the ICA, as well as all of the other standard assessments taken as part of their appointment. 

Dr Naji Tabet, Lead at our Dementia Research Unit and Centre for Dementia Studies, was filmed demonstrating the ADePT (Accelerating Dementia Pathway Technologies) tool on the BBC tech show Click which aired 15/05/2021. (You can catch the episode on BBC iPlayer here and we are featured at about 21 minutes in).

Would you like to find out more? Please contact us E: dementiaresearchunit@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Feedback from the SlowMo study looking at digital therapy for paranoia
Thanks to Angie Culham who took part in the SLowMotrial and is working with Kathy Greenwood to help share the promising feedback.  She here interview at the Worthing Herald here:

https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/health/pioneering-therapy-involving-phone-app-helps-worthing-woman-combat-paranoid-thinking-3208928

SlowMo is an evidence-based digitally supported therapy for paranoia, which combines face-to-face brief therapy with interactive technology.  Using a mobile app, People learn to slow down for a moment using personalised safer thoughts which helps people feel safer in daily life. Therapy was focussed on helping people to become aware of and change fast thinking habits which our previous research has shown to contribute to paranoia.  The results indicated that the treatment was effective, in part, by helping people to slow down their thinking and worry less. SlowMo’s clinically worthwhile results, extremely high satisfaction from people receiving the therapy, strong therapy fidelity and innovative technology means it is suitable for rolling out in the NHS. We are now planning a project to optimise and implement SlowMo so more people can benefit from this new therapy in the NHS.

Our Research Studies

Our mental health research studies 

Research can be about taking part in a new therapy, completing questionnaires, attending an interview or focus group, or trying a new drug. We have a broad range of research studies at Sussex Partnership. You can see our leaflet which summarises our mental health research studies here or find out more about  individual studies by clicking on the yellow tab above.

Dementia research studies

We carry out research into dementia to help improve the care and outcomes for people with dementia. You can see our leaflet which summarises our dementia research studies here or find out more about individual studies by clicking on the yellow tab above. 

If you would like to receive updates about our research news and studies, please join our Research Network .

If you are interested in dementia research across the country, you can also sign up to Join Dementia Research to stay in touch with what's happening. Join Dementia Research is funded by the Department of Health and delivered in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research, Alzheimer Scotland, Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society.

Participant Research Experience Survey (PRES)
If you have taken part in one of our studies, we would really like to hear your feedback by clicking on the yellow tab:

Participant research experience survey 

The information you provide will be collected by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network and will be treated in the strictest confidence. It will not affect any of your further treatment or any future participation in a research study. It will help us grow and develop the way we do our research and the way we involve participants. Participant responses received so far suggested three areas for us to focus on:

  1. Knowing about research - making sure you know about research on offer and opportunities to take part
  2. Communicating and disemminating findings - making sure we communicate with you and reach out to hard to communities who don't know about our research. 
  3. The research experience - telling people about what it's like to take part in research.

We are taking these actions forward via our PRES working group in partnership with patients and representatives from ethnic minority and young people's networks.