Research and Development

Welcome to Research in CNTW!

 About us

Evidenced-based practice is the cornerstone of the NHS, and good quality research improves treatments and services for everyone. As one of the largest mental health, learning disability and neurorehabilitation NHS Trusts in England, we have a significant research profile, as one of the most research-active mental health Trusts in England. We lead, and facilitate the delivery of, research and innovation, across the organisation and beyond into the wider health system.

In a typical year we proudly sponsor around 50 studies and host between 50 to 60 large scale National Institute for Health Research portfolio adopted research projects.

CNTW is unique in offering some highly specialist services, which in turn allows us to support research in a range of specific areas. We are regarded as research leaders in autism, affective disorders, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and dementia. We are able to draw on some of the country’s best mental health and learning disability clinical academic researchers working in, and with, our Trust.

Our strategic aims for research and development are:

  1. Research is embedded into services and practice in CNTW
  2. Research in CNTW is co-produced and available to all users of CNTW services
  3. CNTW is a leader and an influencer in local and national research networks and partnerships
  4. We enable research through innovative approaches to using data and digital methods
  5. We support and enable our staff to be involved in research at all levels of the organisation

As an integral part of the regional infrastructures which supports research, we host the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria (ARC-NENC), which is a collaboration involving 84 NHS, 35 public health, 18 social care and 31 voluntary and community sector bodies across the North East and North Cumbria. This applied research collaboration aims to improve the health of the population of the region through research in health and social care and its implementation into practice.

We are also a partner in Newcastle Health Innovation Partners, along with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council and the Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC). This aims to translate internationally recognised science and innovation into improvements in the health of the population.

Our strong research position nationally attracts pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies who share a common goal of offering our patients and staff opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research.

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