RADiANT - Research in Developmental Neuropsychiatry
What is RADiANT?
RADiANT (Research in Developmental Neuropsychiatry) is a clinical and research network which launched in 2019. It is hosted by Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and it's members are made up of clinicians from about 15 NHS Trusts and academics from universities across the world. It has an advisory group of over 50 experts by experience, including service users, patients, family members and community leaders.
What are its aims?
RADiANT focuses on mental health and behavioural issues associated with five developmental conditions:
- Intellectual Disability (ID)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Epilepsy (EPI)
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
It has 3 overarching aims: facilitating research, promoting staff development and improving public education.
What has it achieved so far?
- RADiANT continues to support grant funded research projects including drug trials, psychological interventions and use of technology in patient care.
- It supports service evaluation and other research projects including those on epilepsy, long term outcomes, mortality, patient and carer experience
- It has led the first co-produced and peer reviewed COVID treatment guidelines in intellectual disability
- A monthly seminar series on intellectual disability and autism related topics, open to staff and experts by experience
- Hosts a Great Care Information Hub where staff, service users and family members can have access to reliable evidence based information
- Works to promote training modules on Intellectual Disability and Autism, produced by MindEd for care staff in the community
- Contributes to public education initiatives including those run by local magazines, schools and churches and is part of Embracing Complexity, a coalition of 50 charities and other organisations working with people who have neurodevelopmental conditions
“……..The vision that RADiANT’s activities will be driven by the experts by experience who identify research priorities that affect their daily life and then encourage clinicians and academics to work with those priorities to co-produce methodologically sound projects is a particularly inspiring one. The network’s ability to do this in collaboration with a range of national and international partners drawn not just from different branches of medicine and healthcare, but also from education, politics and cultural life is something I find equally creditable. A great deal has been achieved within the first year and I wish them even better for future years”. Dr Adrian James, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Consortium of NHS providers and universities come together for RADiANT Inauguration event - News story (June 2019)
Launch of RADiANT Hub at Little Plumstead, Norfolk, September 2020:
RADiANT launch, June 2019: