At the NSFT Research Office we are the coordinated hub of research activity across the Trust. We are integrated research development, facilitation, delivery and training department which also leads on supporting research outputs and dissemination. The ethos of the department is that research is a core function of the Trust and we work together as a single team across bases in Norfolk and Suffolk to ensure an effective research service.
At NSFT Research, we can support you as researchers who are developing research proposals for funding applications, or to inform local practice. The following guidance is available from us:
Is my Project Research Evaluation or Audit?
NSFT Research Project Brief Template
Writing a research proposal
Research Grant Applications at NSFT
For further support, please contact the NSFT Research Development Officer, who can help you to:
To contact the Research Development Officer, please email RDofficemailbox@nsft.nhs.uk or call 01603 421340. Partnerships: At NSFT Research we are happy to work with any organisation interested in developing mental health research in Norfolk and Suffolk. We have worked with academic institutions, NHS Trusts, Third-sector organisations and Industry to develop high-quality clinical research projects.
At NSFT Research we can support you to obtain the relevant approvals for research and service evaluations taking place in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS mental health services. The first thing you need to do is read the Classifying Your Project document above to find out if your proposal is Research or Service Evaluation. Contact us for further advice.
All research conducted in NSFT requires national HRA Approval (incorporating NHS Ethical Approval) followed by a 'Confirmation of Capacity and Capability' from the NSFT Research office.
More information about the HRA Approval process can be found at the following link
HRA Approval can be obtained by completing the IRAS application forms available at www.myresearchproject.org.uk NSFT Research Committee:
The Committee meets monthly and undertakes reviews of local research, as well as sharing information about national research projects. The Committee is particularly focused on evaluating the following areas:
Research Sponsorship:Every research project is required to have an organisational sponsor. The sponsor holds the overall responsibility for the development, approval and conduct of the research project. Often, the employing organisation of the Chief or lead investigator will act as the sponsor, although student projects are often sponsored by the University with which the student is registered). If you would like NSFT to sponsor your research, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your study so we can start sponsorship discussions. Please note that NSFT does not sponsor CTIMPs (drug trials), Device trials, and any Phase I research. Student Research:At NSFT Research we are happy to support students, registered with a partner university, to develop and receive approvals for their studies. Currently we advise Clinical Psychology Doctoral students, MSc and PhD students who are undertaking their research in the NHS. If you are a student and would like support, please read the following guidance and contact us on the email@example.comGetting your NHS research project approved: guide for students Service Evaluations:We also support the review and registration of service evaluations, and have produced the following guidance for professionals.NSFT Service Evaluation GuidanceNSFT Service Evaluation Registration FormService Evaluation Consent Form template
Conducting Research:At NSFT Research we work in partnership with Clinical Research Network Eastern to ensure that national research projects are set-up, conducted according to high practice standards and delivered to time and target. A list of our current studies is available on the service user section of our research website.We have a team of highly trained and experienced mental health research professionals, including Nurses, Practitioners and Psychologists who work across Norfolk and Suffolk, liaising with clinical and research teams to ensure safe and efficient research practice, as well as an enjoyable experience for service users and carers. For further information about CRN Eastern, please visit their website here.Policies regarding the conduct of research in the NSFT can be found in our research compliance section.
At NSFT Research we are also now helping you as researchers to publish your research. We have produced the following Publication guidance with our library partners in the NSFT Knowledge Centre:
Choosing the Right Journal for PublicationWriting a Journal Paper or preparing your work for publication Publication Guidance Authorship Considerations Publishing a service evaluation: What if your project isn't research.pdf
Research Training:In 2011, we developed a Trust-wide Research training programme which aimed to inform staff about research management and opportunities. Over time, the programme has broadened and restructured, to involve a 4 level plan of staff engagement.
Level 1 – Research Awareness: Knowing how to identify and refer participants into current research studies.
Level 2 – Research Involvement: Acting as a co-investigator or part of the research team on one of more current research studies, eventually leading to a Principal Investigator role.
Level 3 - Research Design: Writing and developing Trust-led research and evaluation proposals.
Level 4 – Research Professional Development: Using research skills and knowledge to further professional and personal career aspirations.
The training is delivered very flexibly, from Trust-wide (usually 30 people + per session) to small clinical teams (10-15), or occasionally individually.
Our training has received very positive feedback from all parties, ranging from Consultants, Junior Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists and administrative staff. Our staff have reported feeling much more engaged and informed about research, and crucially, much more confident and enthusiastic.
If you are working with the Trust as a clinician or researcher, and would like to attend our research training, then please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org