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Mental health trust shortlisted for national research award

Work carried out by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) to make sure its research brings the greatest possible benefits to people using its services, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The Trust has been named as a finalist in the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) 2015 awards in the ‘clinical research impact’ category.

It comes after NSFT submitted evidence about a range of different initiatives taking place across the Trust, many of which are already bringing benefits to service users. They include:

• Embedding research within clinical services by including it in staff inductions and appointing research leads and champions in different services.
• The launch of a five-year research development programme to progress research in three priority areas – child and youth, adult recovery and wellbeing and dementia and complexity in later life.
• Training new investigators to support research studies.
• The introduction of an innovative online research referral and information system to help break down barriers to research.
• Launching a new user-friendly website to help service users get more involved in research.
• The introduction and development of inspire, Norfolk and Suffolk's pioneering public patient involvement group specifically for mental health research.
• Using research to develop the first specialised youth service of its kind in England.

Dr Jon Wilson, NSFT’s research lead, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award in recognition of our work to improve services using research.

“We have placed a growing focus on research in recent years by increasing our research capacity by working in partnership with key research organisations, including the University of East Anglia. We have also established our own dedicated department in the Trust, called NSFT Research, to support clinicians to develop, deliver and embed their projects.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to work more effectively and deliver better services and will continue to encourage and support our staff who are delivering research projects in the future.”

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on 18 November.