For researchers

If you are a researcher wishing to undertake a research study at the trust, please take the time to read the information below. We advise that you contact us at a very early stage so that we can help guide you through the various processes.

Please note that no research study can be undertaken without it first being registered with and granted permission by, the R&D Office.

What is research?

Put simply, research is the attempt to find out something that we don't already know. More formally, it is the:

  • attempt to derive generalisable new knowledge by addressing clearly defined questions with systematic and rigorous methods.

It's important to note that this definition may appear to exclude qualitative research but this is not the case - when we use the term "research", we include both quantitative and qualitative types. Indeed, many studies are of a mixed design to fully capture the experiential, as well as efficacy-related, aspects of an intervention.

Why do research?

Research is a core, not peripheral, NHS activity - this is enshrined within the NHS Constitution - and we should all try to become involved. This is because:

  • robust research findings provide the foundation of quality health and social care services, feeding into National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance and other evidence-based practice guidelines. They tell us what works and what doesn't from amongst the huge range of existing and new treatments and interventions
  • research gives service users and their carers access to novel treatments and interventions that don't form part of usual NHS care, and health and social care professionals training in delivering them
  • by participating in research we are helping to generate evidence which, when implemented in practice, helps to drive up the quality of the services we offer and leads to better outcomes for our service users and their carers and the wider NHS.