Active Research Studies

Active Research Studies

Active Research Studies

The Trust offers opportunities for service users and staff across GMMH to participate in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio studies.


We will soon be populating this page with relevant inclusion and exclusion criteria for all active studies to enable potential participants to identify relevant opportunities.


We have a variety of opportunities available across mental health and dementia projects, which gives greater potential for people to find a study they are interested in.


These range from questionnaires and observational studies, to clinical and drug trials. Participation can last from as little as 15 minutes to several years.


If you are interested or know somebody who is interested in taking part in any of the studies below please email

Mental Health Studies

Study Title Description Principal Investigator Study Contact Web Link
PATH Online Resources (PATHOR) Evaluating PerinAtal menTal Health Online Resources (PATHOR): Improving knowledge and de-stigmatising  Dr Bosky Nair N/A  
Mental Imagery for Suicidality in Students Trial (MISST) - Version 1 The Mental Imagery for Suicidality in Students Trial (MISST): A feasibility study. Jasper Palmier-Claus Jessica Kenworthy  
Empowering CMHT staff to routinely inquire about abuse and trauma Empowering staff to routinely inquire about abuse and trauma: Questionnaires and qualitative interviews with health professionals Katrina McNally Oliver Murray  
Clinicians Experiences of Remote Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic Clinicians Experiences of Remote Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic Mel Greenhalgh Oliver Murray  
Displays of compassion and the impact on service user outcomes Displays of compassion by staff on inpatient mental health wards and the relationship with service user outcomes Leanne Irwin Oliver Murray  
Care Coordinator Delivered Method of Levels for Psychosis (CAMEO) Improving engagement and recovery in people with early psychosis through Method of Levels therapy delivered by care coordinators: Feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial Robert Griffiths Michelle Furphy  
Compassion focused imagery: picturing the nurturer     Compassion focused imagery: picturing the nurturer in people who experience social anxiety Rachel Crone Oliver Murray  
Panorexia V1 Psilocybin as a Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa: A Pilot Study Prof David Nutt Steve Lankshear  
Healthcare professionals’ views on using AI in mental healthcare     Healthcare professionals’ views on using passive sensing and machine learning approaches in secondary mental healthcare: a qualitative study Jessica Nigam Oliver Murray  
Research study investigating troriluzole as possible treatment for OCD A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Adjunctive Troriluzole in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder   Leanne Howieson  
Testing the Smoke Free app in Early Intervention Services Using smartphone apps for smoking cessation in first-episode psychosis: A feasibility study Joseph Firth Steve Lankshear  
Group-based Metacognitive Therapy for Burns and Plastics Patients Group-based Metacognitive Therapy for anxiety and mood symptoms in burns and plastics patients: a feasibility and acceptability study.


Fiona O'Donovan Kelly Gallagher CLICK HERE
Telecommunication CBGT treatment for Perinatal depression and anxiety. Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy treatment via a Video Communications Platform for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression: A Case Series Aaron McMeekin Kelly Gallagher  
DemeRx DMX-IB 201 (MAC 119) A Phase 1/2a Study of Single-Dose Oral Ibogaine to Determine the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) or Treat-to-Target Dose (TTD) in Recreational Opioid Users (Stage 1) and to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of the MTD/TTD in Opioid-Dependent Subjects Seeking Medically  Jonathan Dewhurst Leanne Howieson  
Social Care in Mental Health Home Treatment Services Social Care in Mental Health Home Treatment Services Biju Antony Oliver Murray  
What does it mean to age well with bipolar disorder? What does it mean to age well with bipolar disorder? Aaron Warner Oliver Murray  
Understanding emotional distress in Burns and Plastics patients Qualitative analysis of emotional distress in burns and plastic reconstructive surgery patients from the perspectives of Cognitive and Metacognitive theories   Oliver Murray  
Practitioner’s experiences and views of family focused practice Adult Mental Health Practitioner’s Experiences and Views of Family Focused Practice in Early Intervention Services Molly Tuck Oliver Murray  
Perinatal suicide intervention: A Q-methodology study Exploring the psychological intervention needs and preferences for perinatal suicidal women: A Q-methodology study Holly Reid Oliver Murray  
Mixed-Methods Study of Self-Injury and Complex PTSD, version1 Understanding Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) Among Individuals with Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD): Mixed-Methods Investigation Reem Alharbi Oliver Murray  
A Delphi Study of Recovery from Suicidal Ideations and Behaviours Recovery from Suicidal Ideations and Behaviours: A Delphi Study with Experts by Experience. Esmira Ropaj Oliver Murray  
Experiences of Parents with Psychosis The experiences and service preferences of parents experiencing psychosis: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Claire Harries Oliver Murray  
Experiences and views of staff about how to involve SUs in TF Experiences and views of staff about how to involve service users in Team Formulation Alissa Miners Oliver Murray  
(SPARCS) Reducing restrictive inpatient practices for children who self-harm Studying Potential Alternatives to Restrictive inpatient practices for Children who Self-harm Robert Griffiths Oliver Murray  
Providing mental health care to young people during COVID-19 UK Healthcare Providers Experiences of Providing Care to Young People and their Families in Tier 3 and Tier 4 CAMHS services during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Sophie Parker Oliver Murray  
Feasibility of Dyad Grids in CAT Feasibility study incorporating the dyad repertory grid into routine Cognitive Analytic Therapy Mark Evans Oliver Murray  
Working with women's anger EM How staff working with women in forensic services recognise, understand, and respond to anger Erin McBride Oliver Murray  
Study on the Impact of Unwanted Sexual Experiences Online Understanding the Psychological Impact of Online Child Sexual Abuse (OCSA) on Young People Felipa Schmidt Oliver Murray  
The context of mental health care decision-making The context of mental health care decision-making Fritz Handerer Oliver Murray  
Prevalence of pathogenic antibodies in psychosis (PPiP2) Prevalence of neuronal cell surface antibodies in patients with psychotic illness Stella Anakwe-Umeh Steve Lankshear CLICK HERE
Early Youth Engagement in first episode psychosis (EYE 2) The Early Youth Engagement in first episode psychosis (EYE-2) study: pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of implementation, effectiveness & cost effectiveness of a team-based motivational engagement intervention to improve engagement Paul French Steve Lankshear  
Risk Assessment for Prisoners at risk of Self-harm and Suicide (RAPSS) Development and validation of a risk assessment tool for self-harm in prisoners Jennifer Shaw Kelly Gallagher  
Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD)

NIHR Mental Health BioResource for Depression and Anxiety

Carmel Thomas Carmel Thomas CLICK HERE
TULIPS RCT A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of a Ward-Based Intervention to Improve Access to Psychologically-Informed Care and Psychological Therapy for Mental Health In-Patients Katherine Berry Lewis Fry  
Add-on NaBen treatment of Refractory Schizophrenia in Adults (SNR-05) An adaptive Phase II/III, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Two-Part, Dose-Finding, Multi-center Study of the Safety and Efficacy of NaBen® (sodium benzoate), a D-Amino Acid Oxidase Inhibitor, as an Add-on with Clozapine, for Residual Symptoms of Refractory  Richard Drake Leanne Howieson CLICK HERE
Family Intervention for Africans and Caribbeans with Psychosis Trial (CaFI-2 RCT) The effect on relapse of Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (CaFI) compared to usual care among African & Caribbean people diagnosed with psychosis in the UK: a Randomised Controlled Trial Josanne Holloway Bushra Nazir CLICK HERE
L-DART FitSz (v1) Light-Dark and Activity Rhythm Therapy for sleep: Feasibility and acceptability in Schizophrenia spectrum disorders (L-DART FitSz) Sophie Faulkner Corey Lee CLICK HERE
(PROSPECT) Prevention of suicide behaviour in prison (work packages 1 and 2) The prevention of suicide behaviour in prison: enhancing access to therapy (PROSPECT) programme (work packages 1 and 2) Daniel Pratt Jessica Kenworthy  
IPPACT Phase 3: Observational Cohort Study - v1 Improving prediction of psychosis in ARMS using a clinically useful prognostic tool (IPPACT) - Cohort Study Filippo Varese Lewis Fry  
(Biogen TALLY 263CS201) A Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of BIIB104 in Participants with Cognitive Impairment Associated with Schizophrenia (CIAS) Phase 2, Randomized, Double-Blind, Multiple-Dose, Placebo- Controlled Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of BIIB104 in Subjects With Cognitive Impairment Associated With Schizophrenia (CIAS) Richard Drake Leanne Howieson  
Optimising AVATAR therapy for distressing voices Optimising AVATAR therapy for distressing voices: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial Gillian Haddock Steve Lankshear CLICK HERE
The STAR (Study of Trauma And Recovery) trial v1.01 Multisite Randomised Controlled Trial of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychosis to reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms in people with co-morbid post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis, compared to Treatment as Usual: the STAR (Study of Trauma  Filippo Varese Corey Lee CLICK HERE
Far Away from Home: A multi-methods study Admissions far away from home or to adult wards - understanding the impact of current practices for accessing inpatient care for adolescents with mental health difficulties: a multi-methods study Shermin Imran Kelly Gallagher  
Physical Health of Adolescent Inpatients Physical health of young people in inpatient mental health services: a 6 month prospective study Rebekah Carney Lewis Fry  
The Resilience Hubs evaluation The Resilience Hubs: A multi-site, mixed-methods evaluation of an NHS Outreach, Screening and Support Navigation service model to address the mental health needs of key workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Filippo Varese Annya Sekula  
Development of the Carer Recovery Questionnaire (CRQ) Development and validation of the Carer Recovery Questionnaire (CRQ). Claire Hilton Kelly Gallagher  
How does the STAR therapy affect the mind and brain? How does the STAR therapy affect the mind and brain? Filippo Varese Corey Lee  
An investigation into aftercare planning for those remitted to prison An investigation into aftercare planning for those remitted to prison Jenny Shaw Kelly Gallagher  
(Breaking Free) BFO vs Standard Treatment in SUD: Telehealth Model A Randomised, Open-Label, Parallel-Group Study Examining Outcomes of Breaking Free Online Computer-Assisted-Therapy plus Standard Treatment versus Standard Treatment Alone in Participants with Substance Use Disorders: A Telehealth Approach Tracey Myton Leanne Howieson  
OSA in SMI staff survey Staff perspectives on the detection and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea in people with severe mental illness. Sophie Faulkner Corey Lee  
(ARIADNE) Improving mental health services for minority ethnic people v1.0 ARIADNE: AddRessing the ImpAct of the coviD-19 paNdEmic on the access to and experience of care of people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups with severe mental illness Dawn Edge Bushra Nazir  
OSA in SMI qualitative study Exploration of barriers and facilitators to the detection and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea in people with severe mental illness: a qualitative study Sophie Faulkner Corey Lee  
FReSH START RCT Function REplacement in repeated Self-Harm: Standardising Therapeutic Assessment and the Related Therapy (WP4 - Randomised Controlled Trial) Damien Longson Kelly Gallagher  
Let's Talk: a feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial A peer-delivered intervention to reduce the impact of psychosis stigma and discrimination: a feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial Melissa Pyle Corey Lee CLICK HERE 
Motiv8 Motiv8: A randomized feasibility trial of a weight management intervention for adults on secure forensic mental health inpatient units Rebekah Carney Lewis Fry  
The RESTART Project The RESTART Project: A mixed-method study to examine the emotional and psychological impacts of trauma and resolve barriers to trauma therapy in people with an at risk mental state Filippo Varese Lewis Fry  

Exploring the Relationship between Hearing Therapists and Deaf Clients

An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis Exploring How Hearing Therapists Experience the Therapeutic Relationship when Engaging in Therapy with Deaf Clients

Richard House


Compassion-Focused Therapy for Perinatal Mental Health Difficulties

The acceptability and feasibility of compassion-focused therapy groups for women with perinatal mental health difficulties

Anja Wittkowski

Oliver Murray


The RECO study

The RECO study: REalist Evaluation of service models and systems for CO- existing mental health and substance use conditions

Prof Elizabeth Hughes

Kelly Gallagher


Place, space and recovery: An ethnographic study of well-being.

Place, space and recovery: An ethnographic study exploring community assets and well-being.

Jenny Fisher

Oliver Murray



Dementia Studies

Sudy Title Description  Principal Investigator Study Contact 
Feasibility RCT of Empowered Conversations dementia carer training Evaluation of the feasibility of a RCT of Empowered Conversations: a training to enhance relationships and communication between family carers and people living with dementia Lydia Morris Saliha Ahmed
Pilot of a new Somali cognitive assessment tool Pilot of a new cognitive assessment tool for detecting dementia in the migrant Somali population Sophie Jeffery Annya Sekula
SENSE-Cog Validation Study (WP2) SENSE-Cog Validation Study: adapting tools for the early recognition of cognitive and sensory health problems. Rachel Elliott Anita Davies
(CGN-1801-CTP Cognetivity) VALIDATION STUDY OF INTEGRATED COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT (ICA) A Validation Study of a computerized, Artificial Intelligence assisted cognitive assessment test compared to a widely used cognitive assessment test and specialist clinical diagnosis in patients with Alzheimer’s Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment Ross Dunne Lynsey Hall
Stratification of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease for drug discovery II (StrataStem) Stratification of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease for an intelligent drug discovery approach using patient derived induced pluripotent stem cells: Improving therapeutic intervention, diagnosis and prognosis of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease using in vitro neuronal models of the disease. Ross Dunne Lynsey Hall


Health Services Studies

Sudy Title Discription Principal Investigator Study Contact
Recovery from COVID-19 within the CYPSE: A qualitative study Recovery from COVID-19 within the Children and Young Peoples Secure Estate (CYPSE): A qualitative study of wellbeing Dr Charlotte Lennox Kelly Gallagher
Avoidable harm in prison healthcare Understanding the scale and nature of avoidable harm in prison healthcare Jennifer Shaw Anita Davies
Narratives of health and illness for Healthtalkonline 2012 V1 A study using qualitative research methods including narrative interviews to explore how people experience (the health condition) in the context of their family, work and social lives to identitfy issues that are important to people with the relevant condition i.e. early signs and symptoms, experience of diagnosis, relationships with family and friends, professional attitudes, etc. Sue Ziebland Kelly Gallagher
(NCISH) The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) Louis Appleby Kelly Gallagher


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