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Southern Health recognises that research is a critical component of successful NHS provider organisations. Research improves patient outcomes ensuring that clinical practice is based upon the latest evidence. Research is also a key element of the continuing development of staff, providing stimulating opportunities for professional and personal growth.

We believe that every patient and clinician supported by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust should have the opportunity to participate in Research.

Updates from the Research Design Service

In the latest update: 

Are you thinking of applying to Round 11 of the NIHR Fellowship Programme?  If you are, then register for the RDS South Central NIHR Fellowship event on 12 July 2017!

Follow this link for more information

Latest funding calls and other opportunities

Training and events

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Are you interested in applying to the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme?

 If you are, then register for our RfPB information and workshop event!

An exciting free to attend all-day event, funded and hosted by the NIHR Research Design Service South Central (RDS SC), on how to prepare a research proposal for the NIHR RfPB Programme. This event will bring together researchers for a morning of presentations, followed by an afternoon workshop session with RDS Advisers and the Programme Speakers, who will answer questions from applicants and provide hints, tips and advice.

Time and Date: 10:00 to 16:00 on Thursday 29th June 2017

Location: The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ

Find out more and register:


NIHR webinar: How nurses can build a career in research

Nurses are in a unique position on the frontline to see where the gaps are in delivering care and what questions need answering. Pursuing a clinical academic career can provide a stimulating and rewarding career pathway.

Training and career development awards from the National institute for Health Research (NIHR) range across all levels, are open to a wide range of professions and are designed to suit different working arrangements and career pathways.

This special one hour webinar, specifically for nurses, will explore the opportunities available to nurses from the NIHR to pursue a clinical academic career.

This webinar will cover: 


    An overview of the funding opportunities available from the NIHR for nurses to pursue a clinical academic career

  • Details about the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (for non-medical professions) - including advice and guidance on applying

  • Some of the challenges nurses can face and tips on how to overcome them

  • A live Q&A session


The webinar will be presented by Dr Pete Thompson, Assistant Director at the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre and HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Research Fellow Kirsty Winkley, Specialist Diabetes Nurse. 

You can register for the webinar via the following link:  If you have any issues when registering please email

TRIumPH Protocol

The protocol for the Treatment and Recovery in Psychosis study has recently been published in the BMJ Open. This article sets down the groundwork for the TRIumPH study by presenting it's aims and how it'll achieve this.

You can read the article here.

Voice Impact Scale

A new questionnaire has been developed by the University of Sussex that aims to understand how the impact hearing voices can have on people.

To see whether it is a helpful measure we need people who hear voices to anonymously complete the Voice Impact Scale along with a few other questionnaires - this will take approximately 20 minutes. 

If you hear voices and have a psychosis diagnosis, then we would like to invite you to complete the questionnaires. Visit this website and use the password seaside.

If you have any questions don't hesitate t0 contact the Southern Health research team or Cassie Hazell at the University of Sussex.

Daily activity motivation and performance in dementia 

The report from a study conducted in Southern Health has now been published. The study investigated the use of a new tool to look at changes in motivation and performance of everyday activities in people with dementia. Two papers have been published in International Psychogeriatrics and the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. View them below.

The newly revised interview for deteriorations in daily living activities in dementia (R-IDDD2): distinguishing initiative from performance at assessment

Taking a positive spin: preserved initiative and performance of everyday activities across mild Alzheimer’s, vascular and mixed dementia

Creating an Innovation and Research Culture in a Complex System

London South Bank University and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have published a paper summarising the results of an inquiry workshop with research, clinical and managerial leaders in June 2016. Click here to read the paper. 

AMRC statement on the Caldicott review

The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) welcomes the publication of the National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott's review of a new consent approach and recommendations on a new data security standards for health and social care organisations, and the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) review of existing levels of data security across the NHS. Click here to find out more... 

Wessex Clinical Academic Career Programme: Team Research Awards 2016/27

Health Education England (HEE) Wessex are piloting a set of new team research awards in 2016/17. These awards aim to enable teams of healthcare professionals to work towards a clinical research project. Some members of the team must work at least one day a week in an organisation that provides healthcare within Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, or Salisbury.

An award of £15,000 will be offered for research, in addition there will be two events hosted for successful applicants. These events will be compulsory for all team members to attend. For more information about the initiative and how to apply, click here...

Information sharing about Research - Request for Change 544

The aim of the Southern Health Research and Development Department is to ensure that all Southern Health clinicians and patients are offered the opportunity to take part in clinical research.

We carry out research to make sure that we provide the best possible care by testing out treatments and exploring new ideas. Research helps us find new ways of diagnosing, treating or preventing a wide range of health conditions.

Clinicians working in all clinical services for Southern Health (with the exception of Children’s Services and Learning Disability Services) are asked to raise two questions relating to Research with patients at their first contact with a member of the clinical team.

“Do you give permission for your clinical records to be used for research purposes?”

“Do you give permission for Southern Health researchers to contact you about research you could take part in?”

The responses to the two questions should be entered in the “Research opt-in” section of the Information Sharing Form.

By answering “yes” to these questions, patients will be giving our researchers permission to use their clinical records, to assess whether they may be a suitable candidate to participate in any current or proposed clinical research trials being conducted in the Trust.

Patients are also giving us permission to contact them about any research trials they could take part in. At this stage they are not agreeing to take part in research.

All personal information used for the purpose of Research will be kept confidential, secure, and treated with respect.

The answers to these questions can be changed at any time. This should be confirmed at every contact with researchers and the electronic patient record can be updated by any health care professional at any time.


Find out more about our research and how you can get involved and be a part of our research

Conducting research

We support research for a wide range of services. See our current research studies