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Why is Research Important?

Research underpins our services at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust by building the evidence base for care practice. 

Evidence shows:

• Research-active trusts delivering clinical research trials and studies have better patient outcomes.

• Patients value the opportunity to participate in research studies and trials as part of their care.

Our commitment to research means improving the care we provide to you.


Research... it's everyone's business

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most research-active Mental Health Trusts in England.

We have an award-winning Research Department supporting the delivery of research studies that have implications for practice nationally and internationally, and have been awarded the status of a University Hospital Trust.

You can read more about our Research & Development Department here.

Follow R&D team on:

Facebook: Research at Sussex Partnership

Twitter: @Research_SPFT

Participant Experiences in Research

If you have taken part in one of our studies, we would really like to hear your feedback.

It only takes 5 minutes. Please follow the link to let us know about your experience and how we can improve:

The information you provide will be collected by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network and will be treated in the strictest confidence. It will not affect any of your further treatment or any future participation in a research study. It will help us grow and develop the way we do our research and the way we involve participants.

Taking Part in Research

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust is a research-active Organisation. As a service user of Health in Mind, we will endeavour to let you know about opportunities to be involved in relevant research (with no obligation to take part.

If you would prefer to opt-out of being contacted about research, please contact us at

Our research is varied and could involve:

  • Taking part in a new therapy
  • Completing face-to-face or online questionnaires
  • Attending an interview or a focus group
  • Trying a new drug

Take a look at our film showing the benefits of taking part in research: