Close collaborations

This page provides details of CPFT's current partners in Research and Development.

University of Cambridge

Within its research, CPFT has forged close links with experts in mental health, neuroscience and learning disabilities at the University of Cambridge. The University is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world. In the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008), it was ranked as the best university in the UK for psychiatry, neuroscience, and clinical psychology. Many research studies at CPFT are conducted in partnership with the University of Cambridge, in particular with the Department of Psychiatry, Department of Psychology, the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, and the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre.

Medical Research Council (MRC) Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU)

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit is an international centre of excellence for cognitive science and its application. Among the research studies conducted between CPFT and the MRC CBU are studies within the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre for Affective Disorders (C2:AD), a partnership between CPFT, the MRC CBU, and the University of Cambridge; this centre supports research that improves understanding and treatment of affective disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress reactions.

Clinical Research Network: Eastern

Clinical Research Network (CRN): Eastern is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and supports the delivery of large scale mental health and dementia research within the NHS in England. The network has a large portfolio of studies covering a wide range of topic areas within the specialties of Mental Health and Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Mental Health research is supported by a dedicated team of staff based at Fulbourn Hospital. Clinical Studies Officers (CSOs) are also based in Peterborough. The team supports studies looking at affective disorders, psychosis, addictions, learning disability and anxiety. The team provides support with study set-up, promotion and recruitment, assessment and follow-up. For more information, email

Research into Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases is supported by a team of research nurses based at Windsor Research Unit, also on the Fulbourn Hospital site. The team has a portfolio of studies both academic and pharmaceutical on Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinsons’s Disease. The team at Windsor Research Unit provides support for the full progress of a project from the setting up, through to follow up and closure. For more information, email

Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care

NIHR CLAHRC East of England has evolved from the CLAHRC for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which came to the end of its five-year funding in September 2013. CLAHRC East of England is one of 13 new CLAHRC collaborations and began operating on 1 January 2014 with new and extended collaborations with the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, and Hertfordshire and a consortium of NHS and social service organisations who have committed matched funding. NIHR CLAHRC East of England has a focus on improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people in complex health systems, while retaining a population health view. CLAHRC East of England has six research themes:

  • Dementia, frailty and end-of-life care
  • Enduring disability and disadvantage
  • Patient safety
  • Health economics
  • Patient and public involvement
  • Innovation and evaluation

These themes are alloyed with knowledge management, a public health skills collaboration, industry engagement and research capacity development. Through on-going prioritisation and peer-review, NIHR funds are used to support applied health researchers and fund high quality research projects. If you would like more information about the CLAHRC East of England please visit:

National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) was set up by the Department of Health to transform research in the NHS. The NIHR aims to maintain a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world-class facilities conducting leading-edge research focussed on the needs of patients and the public. The NIHR works in partnership with many sectors including academia, charities and industry. NIHR works with research partners at the local level through its Comprehensive Clinical Research Network (see below). Visit their website for more information

Clinical Trials Unit

The Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU) is a NIHR UKCRC CTU network registered Clinical Trials Unit working with investigators across the University of Cambridge and CPFT – as part of the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), and are extending this to investigators of all Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP), the Academic Health Centre.

The main goal is to deliver world class clinical trials and well designed clinical studies. The CCTU is able to offer a broad range of support for CUHP Investigators undertaking clinical research, from developing new trials and costing CCTU involvement for grant proposals, developing protocols, obtaining necessary approvals, delivery, and quality control, to data management, final analysis and reporting of outcomes. CCTU strongly encourages Investigators planning to work with the CCTU on their clinical trials to contact the CCTU at the outset ensure appropriate support.

For more details visit:

Research Design Service

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) supports researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to NIHR and other national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. RDS provides expert advice to researchers on all aspects of preparing grant applications for applied research in health and social care, including statistics, quantitative and qualitative research techniques, clinical trials, evidence synthesis, health economics, epidemiology, public and patient involvement, ethics and governance. For support in the East of England area, you can contact the service on 01206 875856 or and visit their website here

Health Enterprise East

Health Enterprise East Limited (HEE) is the NHS partner organisation for Innovation. We are committed to improving healthcare through supporting the development of innovative new products and services which meet the needs of the NHS. HEE provides a broad range of services to NHS organisations, providing expert advice, funding and support to NHS innovators to translate their ideas into practice. Please visit their webpages for further information.

Health Research Authority

The Health Research Authority (HRA) is a newly formed NHS organisation established on 1 December 2011 as a special health authority. The purpose of the HRA is to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research. The HRA will work closely with other bodies, including the MHRA and NIHR, to create a unified approval process and to promote proportionate standards for compliance and inspection within a consistent national system of research governance. The National Research Ethics Service (see below) has transferred to the HRA. For more information, please visit

Department of Health

Visit the Department of Health’s R & D pages here.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

The MHRA is an Executive Agency of the Department of Health and is the governmental body responsible for ensuring medicines and medical devices are safe and effective. Within Research, MHRA provides approval for the use of medicinal products and devices in clinical trials. Please visit their website for more details by clicking here.

Commercial research at CPFT

CPFT is committed to supporting commercial research that generates new knowledge about mental health problems and innovations in treatment and prevention. The R&D team  has a dedicated contracts team in place to liaise with all key departments within the Trust for a smooth negotiation process. The Trust uses the ABPI mCTA, where costs from all service support departments would be incorporated.

Sometimes commercial organisations support work through funding or otherwise that is for public benefit. These projects do not come under commercial research remit and are considered as non-commercial research.

The Trust aims to provide R&D approval for commercially sponsored research projects within 35 days of receipt of a valid application. If you are interested in conducting commercial research in CPFT, please contact R&

The page was last updated on 19 October 2017 by aient.

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