Information for researchers

This section aims to provide researchers with guidance and support to conduct ethical high-quality research in the Trust whilst guaranteeing the safety and well-being of its services users.

The R&D office is available to help throughout the research cycle from grant applications and ethics, through to R&D Approval for CPFT as a research site. If you click on the different sections of the process map it will give you more detail about each step.

For researchers at the University of Cambridge, Karen Gipp, NIHR Programme Manager can provide advice about setting up a study that involves the Trust:

Research in the Eastern Region is coordinated through NIHR CRN Eastern. In CPFT three teams supporting research operate out of Windsor Research Unit, one team supporting Mental Health research, one supporting Dementia research, and one for Community/ Physical research. All three teams can offer support to researchers and health professionals to deliver their NIHR adopted portfolio studies. For further information please contact your local team: or 


There are a range of available resources to help you get started including:

  1. Download the Health Research Authority’s (HRA) Defining Research information leaflet
  2. Use the Health Research Authority’s (HRA) decision tool to understand if your project is considered research
  3. Read the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership’s (HQIP) guide for clinical audit, research and service review
R & D Approval MHRA Image Map



Here are some helpful videos, which you may find useful when thinking about early considerations.



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The page was last updated on 02 March 2018 by aient.


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