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Research and Development


Welcome to Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s (NTW) Research and Development page.

As one of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England our Trust has a significant research profile, ranked as the third most research active mental health trust in 2013/14 according to the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

Our Trust has a Board-approved Research and Development Strategy which promotes the involvement of our staff and service users in research. This includes activity from taking part in high profile, national and international research to embedding studies into clinical services and developing a workforce whose culture and behaviours demonstrate the value of research to improving patient care. It is the application of research findings into practice that is key and we aim to ensure that the services we provide are underpinned by robust evidence of effectiveness and the latest research.

There is enormous potential in NTW for developing research and research careers; our clinicians, often in partnership with academics, have had significant success in NIHR grant funding, charitable funding, Fellowships and publications.

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.  The Department of Psychiatry’s main research interest is affective disorders, with smaller research groups in forensic psychiatry and cognitive therapy, and the Institute for Ageing has a strong focus on dementia research (linked with a Biomedical Research Centre on Ageing and a Biomedical Research Unit on dementia).  The other main research strength linking us with Newcastle University is Autism research in Children and Young People. 

Professor Paula Whitty,
Director of Research, Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness