Be part of research

You can join a range of studies at CPFT to be part of our research. Everyone volunteering for research makes a real difference in helping to find new treatments and therapies, and increasing knowledge about different 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.

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.

Help test an online PTSD therapy for young people

CPFT is working with a team of child psychologists from King’s College London on the OPTYC study to investigate the effectiveness of an online Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment for young people and carers.

Young people aged 12 - 17 can take part if they:

  • have PTSD from a single traumatic event
  • can read English enough to use the website and app
  • have access to a smartphone or computer (e.g. laptop, desktop, computer, iPad) with internet access, in a private space.

If you, or someone you know or care for might be interested, please visit the OPTYC website for more information or contact the OPTYC research team via email or telephone 0207 848 0580.

Take part in Safer Online Lives project

CPFT is running a research study with the University of Kent to investigate internet use and safety for adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities.

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.

Download the easy read version of the Safer Online Lives project information.

Help to co-design exercise programme for Parkinson's

Health care professionals and people with Parkinson's are invited to take part in surveys of exercise needs and preferences to improve support.

NIHR ARC East of England researcher Ledia Alushi, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, is investigating what information people with Parkinson's receive about exercise and physical activity when they are newly diagnosed and as the condition progresses.

This research aims to:

  • Understand people's needs and preferences about exercise and physical activity
  • Map current available resources
  • Co-design with people with Parkinson's and Healthcare Professionals a program to promote exercise and physical activity.

Are you a health care professional working with people with Parkinson’s?

We invite you to take part in an online survey that should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.  Please click on this link to access the survey  

Are you a person with Parkinson’s?

We invite you to take part in an online survey that should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.  Please click on this link to access the survey

If you are interested in the project and want to discuss it further with Ledia please get in touch via email: or phone 07931 709730 before 30 September 2021.

Find out more about Ledia's PhD project: Co-designing a physical health education programme for people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease: a mixed-methods study.

Psychological impact of Covid-19 survey

Share how Covid-19 has affected your mental health and wellbeing

CPFT researchers are working with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to understand how Covid-19 has impacted everybody's mental health and wellbeing, and what has helped people to cope.
This is the third round of the global Psychological impact of Covid-19 survey which launched last year, and anyone over 16 in the UK can take part for the first time, or take this round of the survey to update researchers. 

The questionnaire only takes around 15 minutes to complete and they need as many people as possible with different experiences to take part, to understand how the pandemic and restrictions have affected everyone, and what can support resilience and protect people's mental health in future. 

Please say you heard about this survey from CPFT to help researchers track people taking part.

Psychological impact of Covid-19 survey banner

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:
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.

GLAD study advert and reminder to select CPFT when you sign up

ESCAPE: Smoking cessation and mental health

Health professionals are invited to share your views on smoking cessation in mental health care, what works and what doesn't. Staff can take part in this online survey with the University of Bath on training and support to help people with mental illness stop smoking. Please share the link and complete in full to win a £100 voucher of your choice.

Take the survey here

ESCAPE study advert with QR code and survey details

PATHFINDER trial for brighter days with dementia

The Windsor Research Unit is running a study to find out if Problem Adaptation Therapy (PATH) can be used in the NHS to help manage depressive symptoms in people with mild to moderate dementia. They're looking for people over fifty years old living at home who have:

  • A diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) or mixed AD
  • Symptoms of depression and low mood
  • A family caregiver to attend treatment sessions as a co-therapist

Contact 01223 219531 if you would like to know more or refer anyone who could benefit from this research.

PATHFINDER study advert and Windsor Research Unit contact details

HOMESIDE study: music and reading for dementia

CPFT is running this research project in partnership with Anglia Ruskin investigate how music and reading activities can help people, and their carers, live well with dementia. It involves a twelve week programme with remote, virtual training sessions and people can take part in comfort at home.

Please check the criteria and flyer below and if you care for or know someone who could benefit, get in touch with the Windsor Research Unit research team: / 01223 219531.

HOMESIDE study advert and link to Windsor Research Unit email address

Volunteer for Insight mental health study by June

Insight study logo CPFT's Windsor Research Unit is working with the Inflammation and Psychiatry Research Group to investigate if an anti-inflammatory drug (tocilizumab) can help reduce symptoms of depression.

They hope to help around a third of depressed people who do not get better with antidepressants, but show signs of inflammation.
They need volunteers aged 20-55 years with depression, currently taking an antidepressant. but with no infection or antibiotic treatment in the last four weeks.

Check the full detailsparticipant information sheet and contact or call 01223 219531 to take part with CPFT by the end of June.

Lewy body dementia research

People living with this type of dementia, carers and families can volunteer with the Lewy body dementia research team at CPFT and the University of Cambridge, to help improve diagnosis, monitoring, care and treatment. 

Lead research nurse Allison Bentley supports volunteers and carers taking part in Lewy body dementia research and sharing their experiences. Contact Allison for more information or to join a study:

Lewy body dementia research advert with photo and contact details for Allison Bentley


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