Get involved with research

Why do we do research?

Studies show that patients do better when services are actively engaged in research. We promote research to improve our services for everyone who uses them or is involved in them.

We are committed to offering service users, carers and staff the opportunity to get involved.

How can I get involved?

Taking part in research doesn't always involve trying new medication. Some projects may simply involve completing a questionnaire or a short interview. Sometimes we invite healthy volunteers or carers to take part in studies too.

Find out more about research opportunities in Nottinghamshire.

Families and carers

Research can impact on the people who spend most time with those who experience mental and physical health problems; their family, friends and carers. Any new treatments or experiences may alter the mood or behaviours of those receiving treatment. The involvement and support of families, friends and carers from the start is really important.

The Institute of Mental Health

The Institute of Mental Health is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Nottingham. The Institute of Mental Health was launched in 2006 in Nottingham to help transform our understanding and treatment of mental illness.

Visit the Institute of Mental Health website.

Research at Wathwood Hospital

The psychology team at Wathwood Hospital is currently running a research project that is investigating what the transfer process is like for people who have left Wathwood Hospital.


Evaluation of the Transition from Medium Security Services

What is this research about?

We are trying to understand what it is like to transfer from Wathwood Hospital to lower security services such as low secure hospitals, locked rehabilitation units or other community placements. 

This will help us to consider how we can improve the transfer so that it is as smooth as possible. This will also help make sure that patients are moved on as quickly as possible and so that it does not disrupt the positive progress they have made at Wathwood. This knowledge is something that other services within the NHS may also benefit from too.


What is happening at the moment?

To do this project we will be getting in touch with people who left Wathwood Hospital between July 2014 and July 2019. We have been given permission to do this from government organisations that review whether research is safe, fair and legal ( 

They have said that we can look at files that show us:

• The names of the people who left Wathwood Hospital between July 2014 and July 2019

• The NHS numbers of these people

• The address where those people moved to after they left Wathwood Hospital

• The doctor that they were registered with when they left Wathwood Hospital (Responsible Clinician or General Practitioner)

This information will be used to find out where those people are now so that we can ask them if they would like to be involved in the research – we will not be using this information in our analysis.

We will be complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act (2018) and Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust Policies to make sure that we are using this data correctly and fairly.


What to do if you are concerned

If you are worried about this research and have questions, the research team is happy to answer any concerns that you may have (contact details below). 

If you think that you were a patient at Wathwood Hospital who was discharged between July 2014 and July 2019 then we are happy to discuss this research with you. If you do not want us to access the information described above then you can let us know this. If you have not yet heard from us and would like to be involved in the research then you can also get in touch.

To speak with the research team please contact Rebecca Dalby (Project Lead) at

Research at Arnold Lodge

Arnold Lodge is positive about research to benefit patients, carers and the wider community.

To view published research findings and all other trust publications please use our trust repository

We are currently doing a study to look at the outcomes of patients who were discharged from Arnold Lodge.  Further details about the follow up study are available here[pdf] 220KB  



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