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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust tops the table for research


South London and Maudsley Trust undertook the most mental health clinical research studies and recruited the highest number of participants last year, according to a national league table from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The league table is published by the NIHR Clinical Research Network and aims to make engagement in clinical research more transparent and accessible to patients, health and social care professionals and decision-makers.

The table provides a picture of research activity across all NHS trusts and CCG regions in England. The table data includes how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of trusts, and involving how many patients.

Last year mental health trusts contributed to 535 research studies on the Portfolio, recruiting more than 78,200 participants. This shows great commitment to improving patient care through research into mental health.  

The 2018-19 table published on 2 July and shows that South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust had recruited to the most clinical research studies (105) and recruited the highest number of participants (21,133), followed by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (75 studies) and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (65 studies).

Professor Kathryn Abel is the NIHR National Specialty Lead for Mental Health, she said:

“Congratulations to South London – our biggest mental health trust and this year’s league table leader. As National Mental Health Lead, I am particularly proud of the mental health specialty’s performance in 2018-2019. It is a testament to the hard work of all mental health trusts that mental health studies and recruitment continue to grow year on year. 

“An important focus of the NHS Long Term Plan is to improve and widen access to care for children and adults needing mental health support - the commitment from mental health trusts to conduct high quality research will significantly contribute towards achieving this.”

Dr Eva Wolbert, Senior Portfolio Manager, MQ: Transforming Mental Health, said:

“Congratulations to South London and Maudsley Trust in leading the way in delivering high-quality NHS research and recruiting record numbers of participants.   

“Research has a central role to play in transforming mental health care for everyone. But good research relies on participation. Without the views and involvement of those with lived experience of mental illness, research will not address the most important issues of those affected, or be able to deliver the ground-breaking progress we desperately need. MQ welcomes all of the important research and involvement work taking place across the health service highlighted in the NIHR Clinical Research Network.”

The clinical research league table is available at: