Mental Health Research Team

Opportunity to understand evidence based practice and how research fits into this. The team works across the county recruiting patients to NIHR funded research projects sponsored by universities and commercial companies. As part of the South West Peninsular Clinical Research Network we are working in studies in dementia, mental health and learning disabilities, both inpatient and community. We also work closely with our colleagues in Acute Trusts and other Trusts across the South West Peninsula.

Key learning opportunities/skills development

  • The different Mental Health specialties.
  • The difference between nurse researchers and Research Nurses.
  • How qualitative and quantitative data can impact on a study.
  • To have an understanding of how research has evolved in the last 50 years.
  • Have some knowledge of the governing bodies.
  • To look at research and understand why reliability and validity is so important.
  • Understand why ethics is so important in research.
  • Understand the different types of research e.g. observational/ interventional and understand the importance of all research.
  • Have a more in-depth understanding of how evidence based practice impacts on the patients and health care professionals on a daily basis.
  • Understand the different phases of research
  • To be aware of research can benefit patient groups and diseases.