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Get involved in research

Being a researcher

In the past, being involved in research meant participating in a study designed by academic staff or clinicians, who might ask you to answer a questionnaire, give blood or maybe try a new medication.  

At West London NHS Trust, we believe if you’ve lived with mental illness, you can provide valuable expertise and insights into our research into mental health.

A collaborative approach

We aim to carry out research with patients and the public.  This is called Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).  

What does PPI involve?

PPI includes a number of stages of research:

  • generating new ideas and proposals for research studies in the best interests of people living with mental illness,
  • sitting on the research ethics committee,
  • reviewing materials that will be given to research participants, and
  • conducting the interviews with the participants.

In one recent study we’ve been working in collaboration with Imperial College London, with young people who have lived with mental illness through most of the above research stages.  Two young people were trained in conducting interviews and data analysis and subsequently interviewed participants.

As well as participating in research, there’s a range of opportunities, open to people who use the services our Trust provides.

Taking part in research studies

Taking part 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 with more opening every month.  Below is a small selection of studies that are looking for participants

If you’re interested in getting involved in a study or simply want to know more, please contact: research@westlondon.nhs.uk