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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.

The adult autism spectrum cohort study – This study seeks to develop a better understanding of the lives of people on the autistic spectrum, as well as their relatives. Participants complete a detailed questionnaire and the information is collated nationally. Sponsor: Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Methods of diagnosis and services for adults on the autistic spectrum – This is a survey of adults on the autistic spectrum and their relatives about their experience of current NHS autism diagnostic services. Sponsor: Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

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 is looking 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

The Effect of cannabis use on brain function in early psychosis – This study aims to examine whether there are differences in glutamate measures and brain activation in patients with early psychotic illness who use cannabis and those who do not. Sponsor: King’s College London

Delivery of Cognitive Therapy for Young people after Trauma (DeCrypt Study) – This study is examining 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

Exploring young people’s experience of formulation and its implications for clinicians in CAMHS – This study examines young peoples’ views on formulation, which is a way of understanding how difficulties may have been developed and been maintained. Sponsor: University of Hertfordshire

Young people’s narratives of service participation – The study explores young people’s narratives of shaping identity through participation in the design and delivery of NHS mental health services. Sponsor: University of Hertfordshire

Detecting Susceptibility Genes for Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (AD Genetics) – This study examines genetic factors influencing the presence of early and late onset dementia. Participants and their next of kin are interviewed and have a blood sample taken. Sponsor: Cardiff University

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. The total involvement time in the study is 8 weeks. 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

Memory Service professional practice regarding Assistive Technology – The aim of the project is to determine current practice of professionals working in Memory Services in the provision of information on, and access to, Assistive Technologies for families living with dementia. The project will survey professionals working in these services to establish current practice.  Sponsor: Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

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

Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) – This is an observational study of patients who have treatment resistant depression and who have just begun a new treatment (this could be a new medication, therapy or ECT). Sponsor: Janssen

How people with intellectual disabilities experience transitions under the transforming care programme: a grounded theory story – This study aims to identify what helps people successfully continue living in placements in the community and what might contribute to readmissions. Sponsor: University of Hertfordshire    

A Register for Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Intellectual Disability and/or Pervasive Developmental Disorders – This study aims to ascertain the safety of new and existing Anti-Epileptic medication for people with epilepsy who have Intellectual Disability and/or Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Sponsor: Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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 (HRT) and to establish how helpful it might be in treating OCD. Sponsor: Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


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