RESEARCH: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has highlighted that results of its research studies are fed straight back into local services.

A feature of Sussex Partnership’s approach is the involvement of people who use mental health service in research.

Service users are asked to opt-in to receive invitations to take part in research. The programme, called LEARN (Lived Experience and Research Network) is being piloted in Hastings and will be extended to the rest of East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

Trust director of research Mark Hayward said: “Over the coming year some of our existing research programmes will come to fruition and we will use the results to develop our services and our practice. People who use our services can feel confident that the services they are receiving are based upon the best available evidence.”

Examples given by the trust of how research is playing an increasing role in the organisation:

  • Sussex Partnership recruited 1,230 people to take part in nationally-run research projects in 2011-12, up from 821 in the previous year
  • Total research income for Sussex Partnership was £1,109,000, up by 30 per cent from the previous year
  • 34 research studies are currently active across the trust, most of which are supported by the National Institute for Health Research
  • 64 research papers were published in 2011-12, up from 48 in the previous year.