Date: 03 April 2018
An NHS trust which provides mental health care and treatment for people living in south east England is pioneering research into conditions which affect the local population.
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s research activity covers a range of areas including: OCD, distressing voices, dementia and preventing long-term social problems in young people and health interventions for people who gain weight from taking medication.
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has an outstanding performance in the both the generation of home grown research and its delivery. This is accompanied by the sharing and inclusion of other Kent, Surrey and Sussex sites in its recruitment plans.
The MindSHINE study (Mindfulness Self-Help Intervention for NHS Employees) is a great example of this and has positively impacted health and wellbeing of NHS staff.
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has won the 2018 Best Contribution to non-commercial research award from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Dr Kate Jones, Chief Operating Officer for (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex says: “Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has successfully raised the profile of mental health research and consistently leads high quality research, helping CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex to be one of the highest recruiters in mental health research.
Dr Clara Strauss, Research Lead for the Sussex Mindfulness Centre also won Highly Commended in the Rising Star category from the 2018 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex awards.
Professor Geeta Menon, Clinical Director at the NIHR Clinical Research Network in Kent, Surrey and Sussex said: “Clara has shown leadership and invested her time in developing and leading on a personal portfolio of three studies; mentoring and supporting five other less experienced Chief Investigators Is to develop and deliver their Lead CRN studies. She has also developed links with adjacent CRNs for successful partnership working.”
Dr Rick Fraser, Chief Medical Officer at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust collected the award on behalf of the trust and said: “I am very proud of the fantastic work our Research and Development team do. We need more people to take part in a range of mental health research in areas such as dementia, autism, depression and psychosis.”
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