Information for public, patients and carers

It’s always your decision!

If you are receiving care services from CPFT, or look after someone who does, you may be invited to take part in one of our research studies. You can also work with researchers to explore and shape new research ideas and improve the quality of our research.

Taking part in a research study is always voluntary, your confidentiality will always be respected, and you can withdraw from a study at any time, without having to explain why, and with no impact on usual care and treatment.

Find all our current research opportunities here

How to take part in CPFT research

Research is vital and we need to work with as many people as possible to improve health outcomes, care and services.  You can participate in several ways:

  • If you are interested in taking part in a study, please talk to your care team at CPFT or your GP, or check our current research opportunities.
  • You can also get in touch with our specialist Windsor Research Unit on 01223 219531, to find out about studies.
  • You can also choose how to be contacted to take part in our research, and give the green light for our CPFT Research Database. Using this innovative system, our approved researchers can see parts of the medical records held by CPFT, but without any information that could identify an individual.
  • Your treating clinician may ask you about studies that may be relevant to you.
  • Anyone can sign up to a national research registry to be contacted about suitable studies in future. Join the national NHS Vaccine Trial RegistryCambridge Bioresource or Join Dementia Research register.

How to get involved in our research

You can also help shape our research by sharing your thoughts and experiences with researchers.

There is a range of research studies that are running within CPFT and people with lived experience of mental health issues and dementia have made a valuable contribution in many ways. If you are interested in getting involved you can work with researchers to shape what questions are asked, how the research is done, what the results mean and how the research findings are shared and used in practice.

Your input can give researchers a greater insight into the needs and priorities of people affected by mental health issues and dementia and the way their research may affect the community. It can help them understand the conditions they study from a lived experience perspective and develop research that is more sensitive, relevant and acceptable.

Learn about research here and read our research stories about being involved and taking part.

Find all our research involvement opportunities here


As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust