24 May 2010
Research is one of the most important ways that we can improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care.
We know that being active in research means a better quality of patient care and better health outcomes. We also know that staff working in Trusts where research is part of everyday life are happier and tend to stay in the Trust for longer which in turn reflects positively on patient care.
Our aim is to take research back into the clinic. We want to take that question that patients bring to the clinic, turn it into a research question, identify and apply for the resources to answer that question and then bring the results of the study back into the clinic. We know that this kind of research not only leads to improved quality of care for our patients but also helps all patients by informing national guidelines
We hope to be leaders in research in the following areas where we have the clinical expertise and the patients ready to engage in this:
The interface between physical and mental health
Mood and Psychosis
We want to encourage all clinicians to see research as something they can achieve or take part in. We are committed to supporting clinicians of all disciplines to be leaders in research either by being principal investigators or by supporting them with fellowship and grant applications and by providing apprenticeship and training opportunities in research.
We want to engage with the already active quality improvement (QI) initiatives in our Trust to ensure that in areas of commonality we take the ideas generated in QI and develop research from there in order to disseminate learning from these QI initiatives.
A key part of our strategy is to improve the infrastructure to support research so that more clinicians and patients can take part in research more easily thus breaking down barriers, reducing the time spent on bureaucracy and allowing more time for translating ideas from the clinic into research questions.