Previous studies

Below is a selection of previous studies we have run in the Trust. 

Previous mental health studies


The aim of this survey is to better understand how to help ethnic minority individuals with schizophrenia and/or psychosis, and their families, by understanding the cultural aspects of care. By doing this, we hope that we can develop better psychological support for ethnic minorities diagnosed with schizophrenia or psychosis. To do this, we need to gather the views of experienced others.


Why take part?

If you choose to take part in this study you will;

  • Contribute to fundamental NHS research that is currently lacking
  • Help us to understand how to assist ethnic minority individuals with psychosis
  • Support underrepresented populations 
  • Contribute to the development of better psychological support
  • Potentially improve quality of life for BAME individuals with psychosis

Who are we looking for

Participants who;

  • Are health care professionals
  • Have some experience of Family Intervention (i.e. Talking Therapy)
  • Have some experience working therapeutically with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic minority individuals

What is involved?

To take part in this study, you will;

  • Give consent
  • Complete an online 15 minute questionnaire
  • Questionnaire includes demographics, your experience working with BAME groups and your views on the family

To complete the survey, please do so using the below link:

Full Title: Predictors of psychological treatment outcomes for common mental health problems in IAPT service users

Brief summary

Common mental health problems are common and linked to increased morbidity and mortality. Psychological treatments, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy are effective, however, there are mixed findings and overall, appear only effective for half of the treated adults. Identifying predictors of treatment outcomes could have important clinical implications and allow for tailoring of treatments or development of new interventions.

What is involved?

The completion of baseline questionnaires, complemented with treatment related and outcomes measures which are routinely collected by the IAPT services.


To take part you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 18 years or over.
  • Are offered treatment in the IAPT service in step 2 or step 3 of depression and/or an anxiety disorder.
  • Read and understand English at the required level in order to respond to the PIS and the questionnaire.


If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:

Contact details:

Lizi Graves - 02380 475943


Evaluating the psychotic properties of new measures of responding to distressing voices and other people. This study aims to evaluate the psychometric properties of two new measures of assertive responding to: 1) distressing voices ('auditory hallucinations') and 2) other people. 

Culture Free CBT - Evaluation of a culture free CBT manual

The aim of this study is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention using the third wave CBT approach with diverse cultures. The objectives of the study are to see if the intervention can reduce (1) symptoms of emotional health problems (2) and, disability. 

A randomised, double blind, placebo controlled parallel group trial of vitamin D supplementation compared to placebo in people presenting with their First Episode of psychosis (DFEND). This study aims to explore how the addition of vitamin D supplements to standard treatments can help people recover after having their first episode of psychosis. 

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This project aims to obtain the perspectives of service users on the functional and technical requirements of a remotely administered intervention, called DIALOG+. These insights will guide the future development of a prototype DIALOG+ workspace that enables remote communication between clinician and patient. 

What is involved?

A 10–15-minute online questionnaire exploring the opinions and expectations of the functional and technical requirements of a remotely administered intervention called Remote DIALOG+.


To take part you must meet the following criteria:

  • 18 or above
  • Clinical diagnosis of psychosis (ICD-10 F20-29)
  • Experience using secondary mental health services in the last year
  • Capacity to provide informed consent
  • Ability to speak and understand English

The aim of this survey is to provide information about the health and wellbeing of people with SMI. The two main objectives are: To benchmark current health related behaviours of people with severe mental ill health; and to provide a platform for future research with this population. 

SIREN (Sarscov2 Immunity & Reinfection EvaluatioN):The impact of detectable anti SARS-COV2 antibody on the incidence of COVID-19 in healthcare workers

We are working with Public Health England on an urgent public health Covid-19 (SARS-CoV2) research. The overall aim of the SIREN study is to determine if prior infection on Covid-19 provides future immunity to re-infection. The data collected will also help to inform on the effectiveness of any vaccine administered. 

A study interested in understanding the connections between certain behaviours such as low motivation, negative emotions, difficulties with attention, alcohol use, eating disorders and unusual experiences regarding Mental illness. STRATIFY aims to prove useful in developing better treatments for people who have mental health difficulties.

This study collects information about treatments in persons who suffer from depression. This study is conducted in a number of countries within the European region to better understand how this condition is treated in these countries

The aim of this study is to develop and validate a new outcome measure to assess the construct of personal recovery for carers.  The proposed name of this measure is the Carer Recovery Questionnaire (CRQ).    The study is in several phases, the phase for recruitment at Southern Health is to get carers to test the measure by completing it online.

This study looks at public and patient views on sharing their Health care data with different agencies including national and local NHS Trusts. Its aim is to also explore the possible opt out preferences and when consent to share should be sought.

We would like to learn how many people know about the Arts Therapies and which modality they would chose if given the option. We are asking those with (mental health population) and without (general population) a mental health diagnosis to take part.

Evaluation of the impact of a brief Compassionate Mind Training on Burnout and Self-criticism in MH care professionals.

Burnout is a growing problem among healthcare professionals, and it is a particular problem for mental healthcare professionals, however research is sparse. This study aims to further our understanding of burnout and self-criticism among mental healthcare professionals and explore the effectiveness of brief Compassionate Mind Training in reducing burnout.      

Chief Investigator: Emel Atuk (

Main Supervisor: Dr Margo Ononaiye (

COPe- E-support for Families and Friends of Individuals affected by Psychosis (EFFIP): A randomised controlled trial of a co-produced online intervention for carers. 

The study aim is to find out if COPe-support works to improve carers’ wellbeing and how well they cope with caring.

The EFFIP Project (E-Support for Families & Friends of Individuals affected by Psychosis) has developed an online resource, called COPe-support (Carers fOr People with Psychosis e-support resource). COPe-support provides peer support, information on psychosis and ways for carers to look after themselves, all online.

This questionnaire hopes to understand the likely causal relationships between the psychological factors measured. Specifically, the aim of the study is to better understand what factors cause dissociation, and whether dissociation might cause psychotic symptoms.


RADAR STUDY- Research into Antipsychotic Discontinuation and Reduction randomised controlled trial. 

The RADAR study assess the benefits and risks of a flexible, supported strategy for antipsychotic dose reduction and possible discontinuation. In particular, it will evaluate effects on social functioning as well as relapse. 


A short questionnaire study aiming to gain insight into the use of self-help apps.


Treatment and Recovery in Psychosis is an evaluation of the benefits of a new care pathway for people who have experienced psychosis. Its research aim is to identify if it is possible to implement a psychosis pathway based on principles of early access to services and interventions and whether it is acceptable to patients and staff. The evaluation will be used to improve the services that people receive.


This study looks at the quality of life of those living with depression currently not responding to medication, newly diagnosed patients and carers (self-identified, could be family or friend) of those with depression.


A study looking at whether self-help books for depression can be helpful.


EMHeP - Efficiency, cost and quality of mental healthcare provision.

A questionnaire study looking at how patients and mental health service professionals value service, quality and outcomes of mental healthcare. A 15 to 20 minute survey. 

Previous physical health studies


An observational study that looks to recruit patients from stroke services such as Rehabilitation Facilities, GP's and TIA clinics, as well as any other service that looks after stroke patients. SIGNUM will also look to recruit patients at risk of stroke, for example those with arterio-venous malformations. The main focus of SIGNUM is to collect genetic and biomarker data linked to data recorded as part of a patient's routine clinical care.


ComPASSION- Healthcare professional awareness of eating disorders in people with Type 1 diabetes

The term ‘diabulimia’ has been used to describe the practice of omitting insulin with the aim of losing weight or preventing weight-gain.  Those affected are at significant risk of diabetes-related complications and premature death alongside the emotional distress associated with the condition.    

This survey will help us to better understand the current level of awareness amongst healthcare professionals of eating disorders in the context of Type 1 diabetes, which will inform the development of services to better support individuals affected by ‘diabulimia’. 


ARTIC PC- Antibiotics for lower Respiratory Tract Infection in Children presenting in Primary Care

The aim of the ARTIC PC study is to provide evidence to inform the management of chest infections in Primary Care, in children between the ages of six months and thirteen years.


Liraglutide and the management of Overweight and obesity in people with Schizophrenia: a pilot study. This study will look at the use of a weight loss drug in people with severe mental illness. This is a pilot study to gather data on recruitment, consent, retention, adherence and dropout rates.


A twenty-six week, randomized, open-label, 2-arm parallel group real world pragmatic trial to assess the clinical and health outcomes benefit of transition to Toujeo compared to standard of care insulin, in basal insulin treated patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus, with six-month extension


A study to establish a cohort of people with Type 1 Diabetes and their siblings to further research in this area.

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