Researching Together Network

The aim of the 'Researching Together Network' (RTN) is to increase opportunities for people to access national and local mental health research across Norfolk and Suffolk. We want to see as many people as possible represented in research - so we are being pro-active in recruiting a diverse selection of people for our studies. One way we are doing this is by talking to community organisations and encouraging them to sign up to our database.

 Cath Pickles, CEO and Founder of Restitute says: Research is essential to our organisation. Before Restitute started working with 3rd party victims of crime, there was little evidence of the impact caring in traumatic circumstances had on families, primary victims, nor of the needs of this isolated, stigmatised and traumatised community. But this is a new area of work and so research is essential to be able to demonstrate the impact we’re making.

We can send the organisation and their members information about studies, invitations to seminars about mental health research, opportunities for co- production of research studies, the research training programme and our newsletter. Importantly, we can hear what organisations are finding, any trends they are noticing in people's mental health. So we can be even more responsive with research aimed at improving the quality of life for people in our community. 

Natasha Cobb from Suffolk Rape Crisis says: Research is important to our organisation as we are a needs led organsiation and strongly believe that the women we support are the experts of their own experiences. We believe that their voices and needs should be at the forefront when looking at research and service provision.

By co-producing research with service users we hope to make it as inclusive as possible.

If you are part of an organisation that has members/ participants who may be interested in mental health research please do get in touch research@nsft.nhs.uk and mark your email RTN.

Dr Jan Sheldon from St Martin's explains: Research is important to us here at St Martins; it helps us shape, understand and deliver best practice. The people we support should receive the best possible service; anything less is unacceptable. Research is key to our ambition to understand best practice and in the spirit of continuous improvement shape and deliver even better practice. We cannot improve until we understand what has gone before.

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