Research and Development

Research is an vital part of improving care for the people we serve. As one of the largest mental health and disability trusts in England, we have a significant research profile.

Research and Development (R&D) is a core part of what we do. It is this high quality research that is embedded in all of our services. In 2015/16, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) ranked us as the fourth most research active Trust of our kind.

What do we do?

The main roles we have in the Research and Development department are:

  • Supporting staff, students and researchers
  • Increasing involvement for staff, service users and the public
  • Ensuring the highest quality of research, both scientifically and ethically, within the Trust

In addition to this, our team makes sure that cutting edge research is embedded in everything we do as a Trust. We pride ourselves on having the means to develop, support and promote local, national and international research studies. The R&D team is completely committed to getting as many service users as possible involved in what we do. If you want to find out more about being part of our work, please get in touch.

Our research successes

Research can help improve treatments and services for everyone.  As a result, research is a vital part of the Trust’s work. We are incredibly lucky and privileged to have some of the world’s best mental health and learning disability researchers in our Trust.

We have been honoured to contribute to ground-breaking research that will potentially change the lives of the people we serve. For example, one of the studies we are part of is working towards finding a new way of diagnosing and treating first episode psychosis. Also, our work with partners has established that early intervention to help autistic children and their parents with communication can help reduce symptoms in the long-term.

Read more about our latest research

Our Trust is unique in that we offer some highly specialist services, which has in turn allowed us to support research in a range of specific areas. In particular, we are regarded as research leaders in autism, affective disorders, cognitive behavioural therapy and dementia.

As a Trust, we run hundreds of different services and provide research opportunities across the board. We always welcome new research studies, as well as academic and commercial partnerships.

We regularly publish a Research Bulletin. We welcome submissions from any research successfully registered in the Trust and wishing to promote recruitment. To find out more please email us.

How do we research?

Public involvement in research is a key priority for us. We especially keen for service users to help design and shape studies, as well as just taking part in them.

We embed studies into clinical services and develop a workforce whose culture and behaviours demonstrate the value of research in improving patient care.  By putting findings into practice, we aim to make sure the services we provide are underpinned by robust evidence of effectiveness and the latest research.

NTW aims to deliver world-class services and participating in research is a key part of doing that.

John LawlorChief executive

There are lots of different methods used in research studies. Sometimes we might use interviews, questionnaires, observations, blood or tissue samples, and scanning. Research is not always about drugs or therapies. It is just as important to understand the best ways of supporting you and your family. You can take a look at some of the studies we’re recruiting to below.

Studies currently recruiting

NTW Research and Development (899kB)

Studies currently recruiting - November 2017

Who are our research partners?

In 2015, we formed the Newcastle Academic Health Partners with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University. This partnership harnesses world-class expertise to ensure people benefit sooner from new treatments, diagnostics and prevention strategies.

In NTW we also have Academic Clinical Collaborations (ACCs). These aim to promote the development of multidisciplinary work and education between local hospital Trusts, primary care Trusts, mental health Trusts, academic institutions and other external partners. This group aims to continue to improve the quality of work done in the region.

The Clinical Research Network (CRN) plays a significant role in our research. CRN staff help us identify and support people to take part in studies.  We also work closely with the Academic Health Science Network.

We have close links with the Academic Department of Psychiatry (Institute of Neuroscience), the Institute for Ageing and the Institute for Health and Society at Newcastle University.

Want to research with us?

We always welcome new partners and studies from academic institutions, commercial companies and other NHS Trusts. If you want to explore the possibility of working with us, you can drop us a line at

As an NHS organisation that receives NIHR funding, we are required to achieve certain standards in the approval and delivery of research.

To see our success in achieving these targets, take a look at our statistics for Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research (PID CR):

To research with us, your study will need to have Health Research Authority (HRA) approval.

If you are a student, and your study fulfils the HRA criteria for student projects, simply fill out the Student Project Registration Form and return it to us using the email address provided.

Student Project Registration Form (108kB)

For student projects that fulfil HRA criteria

All service evaluations need to be registered with the Research and Development Team using this form.


Research and Development Performance

Performance in Delivering (40kB)

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Performance Initiating (44kB)

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Performance in Delivering (218kB)

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Performance in Initiating (222kB)

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How can I find out more?

You can contact the research and development team through the details given below.

New NTW staff publications

NTW authors Sept to Dec 2017 (39kB)

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Lyndsey Dixon

Research and Development Manager

Tel: 0191 246 7222
Mobile: 07773979269

Hazel Ingram

Research Co-ordinator

Tel: 0191 246 7222

Simon Douglas

Joint Director of Research, Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness

Tel: 0191 223 2338
Mobile: 07833057560

Professor Paula Whitty

Joint Director of Research, Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness

Tel: 0191 246 7222
Mobile: 07557012803