Research is one of the most important ways we can improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care.
We know that being active in research results in 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 the questions patients bring to the clinic, turn them into research questions, then identify and apply for the resources to find out more and bring the results of our studies 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 aim to be leaders in research
A key part of our strategy at West London NHS Trust is to improve our infrastructure to support research, so that more clinicians and patients can take part more easily.
This will break down barriers, reduce the time spent on bureaucracy and allow more time to do the work of research.
Areas of mental health research interest
We have the clinical expertise and the patients ready to engage in the following areas of research:
- The interface between physical and mental health – or where physical and mental health meet
- Personality Disorder
- Mood and Psychosis
- Patient Safety
We need clinicians to be at the centre of our research
We want to encourage all clinicians to get involved with research.
Here at the Trust we’re committed to supporting clinicians of all disciplines to be leaders in research either, by being principal investigators or by offering support 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.