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Current Research

Below is a list of current research studies in HPFT that are open to recruitment. Please get in touch with us if you would like further information, or are interested in taking part.

Social information processing in offenders with autistic spectrum disorder – This study examines social problem solving skills among people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how these areas affect behaviour. Sponsor: University of East Anglia

Identifying the prevalence of antibodies to neuronal membrane targets in first episode psychosis (PPiP) – This study looks at the proportion of cases of first episode psychosis caused by an immune system problem. The presence of serum neuronal cell antibodies can be associated with psychosis in a small number of cases but the treatment approach and prognosis in such cases would be very different. Sponsor: University of Oxford

E-support for Families of individuals affected by psychosis (COP-e) – This study aims to develop and evaluate online resources providing psychological support to carers of people with psychosis and ways to promote carers’ well-being. Sponsor: St George’s, University of London

Delivery of Cognitive Therapy for Young people after Trauma (DeCrypt Study) – This study examines the effectiveness of cognitive therapy in young people with post-traumatic stress disorder compared with treatment as usual. HPFT became involved in 2017 and has been one of the highest recruiters since then. Sponsor: University of East Anglia

Supporting consolidation of recent memories in Mild Cognitive Impairment – The purpose of the study is to see whether memory aids can be used to support the formation and strengthening of new memories. Sponsor: University of Hertfordshire

Spontaneous vs effortful cognition in typical and atypical ageing – This study investigates spontaneous cognition in people with mild cognitive impairment, subjective cognitive decline and healthy older adults, and contrasts them against effortful/strategic processes. Sponsor: University of Hertfordshire

GREAT into Practice – This study aims to support NHS memory services to offer Cognitive Rehabilitation (CR) to people with dementia. CR is an intervention that helps people with dementia maintain independence by managing everyday activities better. The study aims to identify the benefits for people with dementia, care partners and the NHS organisations. Sponsor: University of Exeter

Smartphone App-induced Habit: A treatment ingredient in Habit Reversal Training (HRT) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – This study aims to understand more about behavioural treatment called Habit Reversal Training and to establish how helpful it might be in treating OCD. Sponsor: Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Inpatient music survey for inpatient mental health service users – This study uses a survey to explore views on music. The study may lead to future ward based music interventions to reduce agitation. Sponsor: Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Health behaviour change interventions in schizophrenia – This study explores mental health clinicians’ experiences of provision of health behaviour change interventions to people with schizophrenia. Sponsor: University of The West of England

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who set fires – This research involves 3 studies exploring the offence chains of individuals who set fires, evaluating the suitability of current assessment tools used to predict risk of fire setting behaviour, and evaluating the fire setting intervention programme for mentally disordered offenders. Sponsor: University of Kent

Everyday memory failures and memory strategies in normal aging and Alzheimer's Disease – This study aims to gain a better understanding of the nature and frequency of memory failures in everyday life as well as strategies people use to help with everyday memory tasks. Sponsor: University of Hertfordshire

States of the Self within Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder – This study explores how ‘states of self’ are talked about and experienced. Sponsor: University of Hertfordshire

LIGHTMind 2: Low-Intensity Guided Help Through MINDfulness – This study evaluates a mindfulness based self-help workbook for people with depression. Sponsor: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Detecting Susceptibility Genes for Dementia with Lewy Bodies - This study examines genetic factors influencing Dementia with Lewy bodies. Sponsor: Cardiff University

Using a picture booklet as a reasonable adjustment to improve epilepsy management for people with learning disabilities (WIELD 2) – This study evaluates the use of a picture booklet to help people with learning disabilities and epilepsy to manage their epilepsy. Sponsors: University of Hertfordshire & Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Intensive Support Teams study – This study is a clinical and cost evaluation of intensive support teams for adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. Sponsor: UCL

Feasibility and Acceptability of Transcranial Stimulation in Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms (FEATSOCS) – This study evaluates whether transcranial direct current stimulation lessens OCD symptoms. Sponsors: University of Hertfordshire & Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Exploring Unusual Feelings – This study uses questionnaires to explore what factors might cause dissociation and whether dissociation might cause psychotic symptoms. Sponsor: University of Oxford

Model fidelity of early intervention services for first-episode psychosis in England – This study collects information about the fidelity of early intervention in psychosis services using an online survey completed by staff. Sponsor: McGill University

The relationship between routine mental health data and COVID outcomes (IRAS 288566) –  Dr Billy Boland (Deputy Medical Director) and Prof Tim Gale (R&D Lead) have just been granted ethical approval to carry out some research on the relationship between routinely collected mental health outcome data (HoNOS) and COVID-19 outcomes. We will create an anonymised database of all cases of COVID-19 within our service user population and will be carrying out some research to gain a better understanding about risk factors for (i) contracting and (ii) dying from COVID-19 in a population of people who have learning disabilities and/or mental health issues. We believe that this is an important area of work, which may help towards a better understanding of how we should prioritise and vaccinate of some groups of service users. If any of our service users would prefer that their data is not included in the database then they may contact Prof Gale (tim.gale@nhs.net) for further information or to request removal of their data.

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