Clinical Research

We work with patients, universities, industry and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)  to take the best new ideas from cutting edge science and use them to create improved treatment and care.

Research is "the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions" (Oxford English Dictionary). Clinical research is the systematic investigation into the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens/interventions intended for human use.  

The NHS Constitution for England (DH March 2013) is committed to "innovation and to the promotion, conduct and use of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population." (Principle 3.) There is also a commitment to patients and the public "to inform you of research studies in which you may be eligible to participate" (Pledge 3a). Look at our Information for Patients and Public page to see how you can get involved.

The Health Research Authority set standards for NHS organisations to make sure they protect your privacy and comply with the law when they are involved in research. Click here for details about how patient information may be used.

Somerset Partnership is part of the NIHR Clinical Research Network: South West Peninsula (CRN: SWP)  and is actively involved in supporting national portfolio studies. We also support our own staff in carrying out research to improve their clinical practice and as part of their professional development/academic studies. Look at our Information for Researchers page for more information. 

We are actively participating in a number of studies covering a range of specialties (Mental Health, Community Health, Learning Disabilities, Diabetes, Stroke and many others). Click here for a list of all our current studies.

Where possible (subject to copyright restrictions) we publish the results of research studies undertaken within Somerset Partnership. Have a look on the Publications page.

We have also provided a page of Useful links to other research websites.

If you have any question about research in Somerset Partnership, please contact the Research team: