Research and Innovation

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Below are studies that we are currently recruiting service users and/or carers for. Click on the study name for further information and who to contact if you are interested in learning more or would like an informal discussion. We are happy to hear from anyone interested whether you are a potential participant, a relative of a possible participant or a clinician who would like to be involved.

If the studies listed below are not of interest, however you would like to hear about other opportunities please call us on 01785 783170 or email us at research@sssft.nhs.uk

Alternatively if you are particularly interesting in participating in Dementia studies, we would also recommend taking a look at the National Institute of Health's Join dementia research website https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/.

What is the study?

This study is searching for environmental, biological and genetic factors that influence the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Who are they looking for?

People with early onset Alzheimer’s disease who developed memory problems before age 65.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Andy Taylor

Email: Andrew.Taylor@sssft.nhs.uk
Tel: 01743 210140

What is the study?

Very late-onset schizophrenia-like psychosis is a common condition, which affects an estimated 34,000 of the UK population aged over 60 and with 2,800 new service contacts each year. A large randomised trial was urgently needed to assess reliably the balance of benefits and risks of antipsychotic drugs in late-onset schizophrenia-like psychosis.  ATLAS is a drug trial, in patients with very late-onset schizophrenia-like psychosis, to evaluate whether giving 12 weeks treatment with a low dose of the antipsychotic drug, amisulpride, produces sufficient benefit to outweigh the potential risks.

Who are they looking for?

Patients with very late-onset Schizophrenia-like psychosis.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Paula Dolby

Email: Paula.Dolby@sssft.nhs.uk
Tel: 01743 210000

What is the study?

This study addresses how genetics influence mood disorders.

Who are they looking for?

The study is looking for people who have experienced one or more episodes of mania/hypomania in the past, lasting at least 4 days.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Leigh Franks

Email: Leigh.Franks@sssft.nhs.uk

What is the study?

DPIM (DNA Polymorphisms in Mental Illness: Alcoholism) is looking at how genetics influence mental health and how genetics influence alcohol dependency.

Who are they looking for?

The study is looking at individuals with white British ancestry

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Liz Glaves

Email: Liz.Glaves@sssft.nhs.uk
Tel: 01785 783179

What is the study?

DPIM (DNA Polymorphisms in Mental Illness: Schizophrenia) is looking at how genetics influence Schizophrenia.

Who are they looking for?

The study is looking at individuals with white British ancestry

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Liz Glaves

Email: Liz.Glaves@sssft.nhs.uk
Tel: 01785 783179

What is the study?

The study is looking at carers of people with dementia to explore how prepared, willing and obliged they feel to provide the care they do; and how this affects their wellbeing. They study team hopes that their research will help other carers in similar situations, as well as provide existing services with useful information about how they can enhance the support they offer.

Who are they looking for?

People who are over 18 and providing support to a family member with dementia. The study team is particularly interested in the experience of carers from South Asia.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Andy Taylor

Email: Andrew.Taylor@sssft.nhs.uk
Tel: 01743 210140

What is the study?

How to improve services for young people when moving on from child and young adult mental health services to adult services.

Who are they looking for?

Young people who are using mental health services and were born in 1998.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Kim Thompson

Email: Kim.Thompson@sssft.nhs.uk
Tel: 01785 783173

What is the study?

Looking into the genetics of side effects linked to the drug Clozapine.

Who are they looking for?

Patients who have been prescribed Clozapine and have experienced side effects, as well as people who have used this medication and not experienced side effects.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Tim Lewington

Email: Tim.Lewington@sssft.nhs.uk
Tel: 01785 783174

What is the study?

Researching what leads to mental health problems including genetics, biology, psychological & environmental factors by facilitating a collection of biological material, clinical and demographic information.

Who are they looking for?

Anyone aged 18 or over.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Kim Thompson

Email: Kim.Thompson@sssft.nhs.uk
Tel: 01785 783173

What is the study?

An online trial to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a peer supported self-management intervention.

Who are they looking for?

Relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Leigh Franks

Email: Leigh.Franks@sssft.nhs.uk

What is the study?

This study is looking at whether guided self-help for Anorexia Nervosa is effective.

Who are they looking for?

Service users aged 16+ who have been referred to an outpatient service for eating disorders, DSM-V diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Tim Lewington

Email: Tim.Lewington@sssft.nhs.uk
Tel: 01785 783174

What is the study?

This research aims to find out about the daily experiences of people with depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings and problems sleeping. The study is interested in what people think and feel during their everyday lives. They study team intend to use these findings to develop treatments and therapies that will help to reduce suicidal thoughts and sleep problems.

Who are they looking for?

People over 18 who have (or had) depression, have had suicidal thoughts in the last month and have sleep problems. The study involves wearing a ‘diary watch’ which records sleep patterns and prompts the participant with research questions 6 times a day for one week.

Who is the lead contact at SSSFT?

Leigh Franks

Email: Leigh.Franks@sssft.nhs.uk

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