Here at Research and Development we conduct research into many areas of mental and physical health. These have included, but have not been limited to, research into psychosis, diabetes, cardiac conditions, depression, stroke, anxiety and long term neurological conditions.
At the Memory Assessment and Research Centre (MARC) we conduct research into memory disorders including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, and Lewy Body Dementia.  Our aim is to better understand how to diagnose, treat, cure and prevent these diseases. We also provide support to research practitioners and students within Southern Health and the University of Southampton.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is part of the national effort to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19.             

Whilst those efforts continue, the time is now right to work towards the restoration of a diverse and active portfolio of research.

To help initiate this process, the NIHR has developed a ‘Framework for restart’, a guidance document to support local decision-making.

As part of the framework, research active Trusts should provide clear guidance on safety issues and measures for participants and staff. This includes strict infection prevention control measures, such as reducing site traffic, maintaining social distancing, facility decontamination and screening. Southern Health has prepared the following guidance documents to help facilitate a safe resumption of clinical research:

‘Clinical Research COVID-19 Pandemic – Workplace guidance for staff’

Clinical Research COVID-19 Pandemic – Guidance for Resuming Clinic Visits

Clinical Research COVID-19 Pandemic – Guidance for Resuming Home Visits

This guidance will be followed in accordance with Good Clinical Practice guidelines, NIHR guidance, and UK Government guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. At all times, the protocol and the guidance issued by the sponsor related to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take precedence over internal site guidance provided the safety of the participant is protected.

Please contact if you have any concerns or queries about individual studies or this R&D policy. We welcome suggestions as to how we can make the restart process as quick and effective as possible.

We are running our own COVID-19 (Coronavirus) research, find out more here.

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