Be part of our research
You can join a range of studies at CPFT to be part of our research or help to shape our studies. Everyone volunteering for research makes a real difference in helping to find new treatments and therapies, and increasing knowledge about different physical and mental health conditions. Without our amazing volunteers, research at CPFT would not be possible!
There are lots of ways to be part of research by taking a survey with us, signing up to test a new therapy, volunteering for a clinical trial to find new treatments, or taking part in interviews and tests with researchers. You can choose how much time you spend in a study and can leave at any time, and your preferences and confidentiality will always be respected.
Current studies to join or volunteer for are advertised on this page. Please let family and friends know about any studies they might be interested in, and check back for the latest opportunities.
You can also contact the Windsor Research Unit on 01223 219531 email@example.com to ask about suitable studies.
STOP trial for people who experience paranoid thoughts
CPFT’s Windsor Research Unit is running a research study to test a new mobile app treatment for paranoia called STOP (Successful Treatment Of Paranoia).
The study team is looking for anyone over 18 who has experienced distressing paranoid thoughts for the last month, or longer, with no changes in the last three months to any mental health medications they might be taking, and who is not currently participating in any other interventional research study. This trial involves completing 90-minute sessions in a mobile app once a week, over 12 weeks, with four follow up assessments at 6, 12, 18 and 24 weeks after you start sessions. Participants will be reimbursed £20 after each follow-up assessment and an additional £20 on completion of the final assessment at 24 weeks.
If you would like to take part or know someone who might be able to, contact our clinical research practitioners at the Windsor Research Unit Emma Tudor 01223 219577 (Cambridge) or Codie Fahey 01503 770941 (Peterborough).
Find out more about the STOP study.
Study for people with diabetes and severe mental illness
Poor management of both diabetes and severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia can lead to shorter lives and we need to find better ways to manage these long-term health conditions. CPFT is supporting a national research study, the DIAMONDS (Diabetes and Mental Illness, Improving Outcomes and Self-management) Randomised Controlled Trial to investigate whether a tailored self-management programme can help people to make healthier lifestyle changes.
People from different backgrounds with type 2 diabetes and severe mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder or psychosis and severe depression, are invited to take part to test this approach over 6 months.
Join the fight against Alzheimer's disease (ABATE study)
People with Down syndrome often get Alzheimer’s disease (a type of dementia) when they get older. Dementia is a disease that causes memory loss and other thinking problems. Dementia due to Alzheimer’s occurs when a protein called amyloid builds up in the brain.
The ABATE study is investigating if the vaccine is safe, how it works inside the body, if it helps to get rid of amyloid build-ups and if it slows down memory loss and thinking problems.
You may be able to join this study if you have Down syndrome, are between 35 and 50 years old and have a study partner.
Help CPFT's Recovery College with RECOLLECT study
RECOLLECT 2 is a five-year research study to better understand Recovery Colleges in England. Over the last decade, Recovery Colleges have rapidly expanded. We want to explore how Recovery Colleges might benefit those that use them. The RECOLLECT 2 research team are made up of researchers from King's College London, The University of Nottingham, and The University of Manchester.
The RECOLLECT 2 research team are working with CPFT's Recovery College East (RCE) Wellbeing Hub. If you have enrolled with RCE Wellbeing Hub you can take part if you are:
- are aged 18 or over
- are accessing local secondary or tertiary NHS mental health services (e.g., a community mental health team, assertive outreach team, outpatient clinic)
- have recently enrolled at a Recovery College participating in RECOLLECT 2 (have attended no more than one introductory Recovery College course or workshop).
What does taking part involve?
Taking part will involve you completing a set of questionnaires at four different time periods over 12 months. This will be as soon as possible after joining the Recovery College, 4 months after joining, 8 months after joining and 12 months after joining. The questionnaires should take under an hour to complete. These may be completed online, via post, or with a researcher present (in person), but may also be completed over the phone, or video call where you will tell the researcher your answers.
The questionnaires will ask you about the following topics: quality of life, recovery, hope, resilience, social inclusion, social networks, service use, your wellbeing, your goals, and how you feel about your Recovery College. The baseline questionnaires will ask you for some optional socio-demographic information as well.
You will also be asked to consent (agree) to allow the researchers to access confidential information in your medical records so that they can find a Trust service user similar to you who is not a Recovery College student. By giving these similar service users the same questionnaire, we can then compare aspects of life between those that enrol at Recovery Colleges and similar service users who do not.
You are free to withdraw your consent to allow researchers to process any of your personal data that you have, without having to give a reason, at any time. If you do change your mind, you can ask researchers to withdraw any of the personal data you have shared and any of your personal information that has been collected from your medical records.
The findings from this study may have many possible direct / indirect benefits for Recovery College staff / students in the future, such as helping to inform future service provision.
If you decide to take part in the study, you will receive a £15 voucher for each set of questionnaires that you complete (£60 in total).
If you have would like to be involved, ask any questions or receive more information about this project, please contact Lilli Waples (RCE Wellbeing Hub Research Assistant) at: Lilli.Waples@cpft.nhs.uk
Join the Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI)
CPFT has joined national research to learn more about the genetic and environmental links to eating disorders and help to develop better treatments.
The EDGI ( Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative)
Study with King's College London has been designed in collaboration with Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, and patients and service users.
Anyone aged 16 and over in the UK who has experienced an eating disorder is invited to take part and can sign up in four steps at: edgiuk.org.
Please say you heard about the study from CPFT to help our researchers and share the link with others.
Take part in BICBID depression study
CPFT is working with the University of Cambridge on research to develop a blood test which can identify how immune cells in the blood are altered in depression. This will help to offer people experiencing depression more personalised care and treatments in future, depending on their blood test results.
The BICBID study is looking for people aged 18 to 60 who are currently experiencing depression, as well as people who have never experienced it. This includes both people who are taking antidepressants, and people who are not. Participants will be asked to make one visit to CPFT’s Windsor Research Unit in Fulbourn to answer questions about their mental health and provide samples.
For this visit, you will receive £100 for your time and effort, plus your travel expenses.
To register your interest and find out more, visit www.bicbid.uk.
Join GLAD study to help beat anxiety and depression
Take part in the national GLAD study with CPFT, and contribute to the biggest project ever to find the Genetic Links for Anxiety and Depression.
40,000 people are needed (aged 16+, living in the UK) who have experienced clinical levels of depression and/or anxiety. Sign up online here: http://gladstudy.org.uk
If you take part, please record that you heard about the GLAD study from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) in the questionnaire.
Please share the details with family, friends and colleagues and retweet @CPFT_Research.
Help researchers assess risk of psychosis
CPFT’s CAMEO early intervention service is running the ProNET: Psychosis Risk Outcome Network project to assess and identify young people at risk of psychosis, chosen as one of 26 centres of excellence around the world.
CPFT’s successful bid was announced in 2020, and the research team is now recruiting participants aged 12-30 who have experienced a recent change in thinking, behaviour, or experiences like confusion or paranoia.
Some people may be at higher risk of developing psychosis than others, and participants will have a clinical interview, biological assessments and cognitive testing to understand these risk factors and how to prevent the development of a more serious mental illness.
If you would like to learn more about this study or take part, email the team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer for maternal mental health survey
National Centre for Mental Health - Maternal Mental Health Survey
The National Centre for Mental Health aims to improve diagnosis, treatment and support for people affected by mental illness. We are working with CPFT to understand the impact of life experiences on maternal wellbeing and mental health.
Help us make a difference by completing our maternal wellbeing and mental health survey.
You can take part online by using the following survey link:
If you have any questions about our research, please contact: email@example.com / 02920 688401
Take part in Safer Online Lives project
The current project surveys are asking for views on the risks, barriers, benefits, and opportunities of internet usage, from people with intellectual disabilities, and health and care professionals looking after them.
Find out more and access the surveys here.
Volunteers needed for ATLANTIS study
Anticonvulsant augmentation trial in Schizophrenia (ATLANTIS)
We are looking for volunteers who are taking antipsychotic treatment for this study.
Volunteers will be reimbursed for their time and inconvenience up to £150.
Reasonable travel expenses will also be paid.
CPFT is working on this national study with King's College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This research has been approved by Northeast - Tyne and Wear South Research Ethics Committee (Ref: 20/NE/0247)
If you are over 18 years of age and interested to find out more about this study, please contact:
Matt Harding - Clinical Research Nurse
Phone: 07542 029864