Research and Innovation

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Our aim is to improve the quality of life for patients and carers through high quality research and to develop staff knowledge and expertise through involvement in research.

Below are universities and networks that we work closely with.


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The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences,(RI), at Keele University, is a centre of excellence in research into pain and musculo-skeletal conditions and hold a joint research strategy with our Trust. The strategy emphasises regional, national and global collaboration as a means to foster mutually beneficial partnerships. This strategic partnership is aimed at collectively contributing to the growing knowledge of research evidence and strives to make a significant difference by implementing research evidence to policy and practice for the benefit of people who are suffering from these conditions.

Four of the seven key themes identified as long term interests for strategic research are:

  1. Medically Unexplained symptoms (MUS)

  2. Mental Disorders such as Anxiety and Depression (including maternal depression) and co-morbid long-term conditions including type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain

  3. Physical health of people with SMI; schizophrenia

  4. Dementia

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Our partnership with the University of Worcester involves a collaborative working relationship between the department of health psychology at the University of Worcester and our academic research division. Our aim is to improve the delivery of mental health care for service-users,
carers and family members, with a view to undertaking relevant research that translates to policy and practice.

Our research spans a number of key areas, which include:

  • Non-medical prescribing

  • Service-user / Carer Involvement

  • Shared decision-making / Co-production

  • Patient experience and satisfaction with acute mental health services

  • Psychosocial factors associated with mental illness

  • Development of health interventions for the delivery of mental healthcare



Staffordshire University makes a significant contribution to the health economy at a local level and at the wider National and International level. This is seen through the range of educational programmes provided and the innovative clinically focused research and consultancy work undertaken in key areas such as Ageing and Mental Health, Service and Practice Improvement, Spirituality in Health and Public Health. 


Networks and Organisations

NIHR CRN: National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network

The CRN facilitates us to provide high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS to benefit patients. The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. The NIHR Clinical Research Network: West Midlands helps to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensures that studies are carried out efficiently, and supports the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research in the NHS in the West Midlands.

HRA: Health Research Authority

"The HRA was established in December 2011 to promote and protect the interests of patients in health research and to streamline the regulation of research. We aim, with partners, to make the UK a great place to do health research, to build confidence and participation in health research, and so improve the nation’s health."

AHSN: Academic Health Science Network 

The UK Government has identified Life Sciences and Healthcare as important sectors to generate new economic growth as well as increasing the quality of care for patients within the NHS.

Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) present a unique opportunity to align education, clinical research, informatics, innovation, training and education and healthcare delivery. Their goal is to improve patient and population health outcomes by translating research into practice, and developing and implementing integrated health care services. They will support knowledge exchange networks to build alliances across internal and external networks and actively share best practice, and provide for rapid evaluation and early adoption of new innovations.

HEE: Health Education England

“Health Education England exists to improve the quality of care delivered to patients by focusing on the education, training and development of current and future healthcare staff. With employers and professionals as part of their governing bodies, our LETBs will improve the quality of education and training outcomes to meet the needs of patients, the public and service providers in their areas”.

LETBs: Local Education and Training Boards

“We have 13 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) that are responsible for the training and education of NHS staff, both clinical and non-clinical, within their area. Our LETB boards, which will be committees of HEE, are made up of representatives from local providers of NHS services and cover the whole of England”.


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