Working together to make a difference!

Research can lead to discovery, hope, improved quality of life and a wide range of other potential benefits for people experiencing mental health issues, their families and society as a whole. Over the past decade significant progress has been made in mental health and dementia research but there is still a lot to learn.

The first hand knowledge and experience of people who have used services is an important part in the development of research that is relevant and likely to benefit people. There is a large number of research studies that are running within CPFT and people with lived experience have made a valuable contribution by working alongside researchers as ‘service user and carer advisors or researchers’. People have been involved in many ways, including helping to initiate and design research, making sure the research is relevant, advising on and reviewing project applications as well as carrying out research, sharing the results of a research project and putting them into practice.To find out more about service user and carer involvement please follow this link: About service user and carer involvement

How to get involved?

If you are interested in shaping our research you can join the Service User and Carer Research Group (SUCRG).  As a member of the group you will receive information about opportunities to get involved in local mental health and dementia research.  You will also be invited to our networking meetings and to any other events. 

We can offer training and support and the opportunity to work alongside researchers and clinicians to develop research that benefits service users and carers.

No previous experience of research is required! If you have had lived experience of mental health issues or dementia, you are interested in research and you are willing to contribute and work as part of a team you are welcome to join the group.

Check current opportunities below and for further information please contact:

Iliana Rokkou - User and Carer R&D Manager
Tel: 01223 465182 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 
R&D Office, Douglas House,18 Trumpington Road,Cambridge,CB2 8AH

Current projects

Improving access to effective mental health support for young people 
Young people at secondary school age with experience of mental health issues and/or CAMHS/counselling services,
and their parents are invited to help develop the new ACCESS project led by Professor Tamsin Ford at the
University of Cambridge. Help shape the research agenda on access to effective support. 
If you’re interested in this opportunity or would like to know more, please contact
researcher Lauren Cross or ASAP.

The page was last updated on 22 June 2020 by lmarshall.


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