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Get involved in research

Patient and Public Involvement

Traditionally being involved in research has meant participating in a study that has been designed by academic staff or clinicians.  They might ask you to provide answers to a questionnaire, give blood or maybe try a new medication.  Whilst there is no doubt that this has incredible value, we understand that it doesn’t make the most of the expertise that you have as someone who has lived with mental illness.

That’s why at West London NHS Trust the aim is to also carry out research with patients and the public.  This is called Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).  This can include anything from generating new ideas and proposals for research studies in the best interests of people living with mental illness or sitting on the research ethics committee to reviewing materials that will be given to research participants and conducting the interviews with the participants.

In one recent study, in collaboration with Imperial College London, we have been working with young people who have lived with mental illness through most of these research stages.  Recently two young people were trained in conducting interviews and data analysis and subsequently interviewed participants. There’s a range of opportunities, as well as participating in research, that are being made available to service users at our Trust.  If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact:

Participating in Research Studies

Participating in research can be an incredibly rewarding process that can help to improve our understanding of different disorders, make our services better, and develop new or more effective treatments.  It can also help you to have a better understanding and management of your illness, and offer treatments or opportunities that can enhance your clinical care. We have a range of studies that are open to participants at West London NHS Trust with more opening every month.  Below is a small selection of studies that are looking for participants.  If none of these are relevant to you but you want to take part in a study please contact:


People who suffer from mental health disorders often have difficulties regulating their mood and emotions.  They are also often troubled with disrupted sleeping patterns which can range from being unable to fall asleep, sleeping at the wrong time of day or having excessive sleepiness.  We are interested in finding out whether there is an association between difficulties in regulating mood and sleep. This study has therefore been designed to investigate the relationship between sleep and mood in people who have been referred to NHS mental health services in order to understand if sleep problems are present in these people. We will study measures of mood, feelings, sleep and life experiences. If you are interested in taking part please contact:

Our current studies