CPFT tops new poll for research

Prof Ed Bullmore tells of pride as figures reveal Trust undertaking rising number of clinical trials

CPFT tops new poll for research
23 October 2015

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has topped a new league table for mental health research studies being carried out by its experts.

New figures released by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) show that 48 studies were undertaken by CPFT in 2014/2015, up from 42 a year earlier. The number of participants taking part in 2014/2015 was 1151.

The number of trials – which aim to find better treatments for patients with conditions such as dementia, psychosis, and Alzheimer’s now and in the future – makes CPFT the best-performing trust involved in mental heath care in the East of England.

Professor Ed Bullmore, director of research and development at CPFT, (pictured, top right) said: “We are very proud of the research studies taking place at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

“We sponsor studies that are likely to improve frontline services for patients and help the understanding or treatment of mental health disorders.

“There are a large number of research studies going on at the moment which we continue to hope will lead to a major breakthrough within the next five years.”

One CPFT study recently published in the medical journal, The Lancet Psychiatry, revealed that GP practices can save more than £1,500 per patient, per year if doctors refer those with psychosis to mental health services at the first signs of illness.

Led by CPFT consultant Dr Jesus Perez and Professor Peter Jones, honorary consultant with CPFT and professor of psychiatry at Cambridge University, the six-year study involved 104 GP practices across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and also assessed the clinical effectiveness of early intervention.

Although the benefits of closer working between primary care (GPs) and secondary care (trusts like CPFT) are well known, no study had ever looked at the cost effectiveness to doctors at a time when budgets are under pressure.

Dr Perez (pictured right) said: “GPs are usually the first health professionals contacted by people with early signs of mental illness.

“With this study we helped different parts of the public health sector understand each other as well as learn more about young people who may have early signs of a
psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia.

“We offered the opportunity not only to provide a better access to clinical services for these young people and help them recover, but also demonstrated that, by doing so,
we would save the NHS money.”

The full report from Dr Jesus Perez can be found here.

To find out more about the research studies going on at CPFT, including how to take part in clinical trials, go to www.cpft.nhs.uk and visit the research and development section or click here.

The National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS.

Now in its fifth year, the NIHR Clinical Research Network league table, details the number of clinical research studies undertaken by each individual Trust, and the number of participants they recruit into those studies. This year has shown an increase in clinical research activity across the NHS in England.
For more details the NIHR website here

ENDS


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

 

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