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by | Monday, June 18th, 2018

Research & Development Team


Our Research and Development Team supports clinical research at Livewell Southwest. Clinical research enables healthcare to develop and test new treatments to ensure we are delivering the best quality care to people who use our services.  It is our aim at Livewell Southwest to develop as a research active organisation so that we will be able to offer the opportunity to participate in research to all. The studies carried out at Livewell Southwest may look at the following:

  • Trialling new medications
  • Seeking to improve the way we deliver services
  • Changing the way people take medications
  • Introducing new services

Currently we are carrying out studies in the following areas:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Speech difficulties following stroke
  • Dementia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Peri-natal Mental Health
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Timing for blood pressure medication
  • Autism and Learning Disabilities

Driving with dementia

Researchers would like to know your experience of driving with a diagnosis of dementia. 
You can take part by completing a questionnaire online, why not click on this link to find out more.

Latest Research News



The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) recently published an article on the Big CACTUS study which considered how computerised speech and language therapy can help people with aphasia find words following a stroke. This study aimed to assess the clinical and cost-effectiveness of self-managed computer speech and language therapy used in addition to usual care.

Rena Truscott, Senior Research Practitioner, said: “The Big CACTUS study was run at Livewell Southwest by Amanda Harris and her Speech and Language therapy team, and the results of the study are now informing practice in the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists resource manual for commissioning and planning aphasia services.

“I’d like to thank Amanda and her team for their valued contribution to research which will directly benefit our patients.”

You can view the NIHR article by clicking here.

NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) Dissemination Centre

Staffing on Wards (March 2019) brings together recent NIHR-funded research looking at the evidence around how many staff are needed on wards and how managing them is key to the safety and efficiency of hospitals. It features:

  • Over 20 published studies
  • Issues to consider when deciding the shape of the ward team


Click here to view the Themed Review

We see health systems around the world struggling with increasing demand and challenges in workforce supply. Patient safety has moved to the centre of policy and operational decision making and that means significant attention is being paid to safe nurse staffing. There are some striking core findings from across the evidence that all countries should consider, in particular the importance of nurse leadership

Howard Catton

Chief Executive, International Council of Nurses



Interim results for adult autism study

This project is about engaging adults on the autism spectrum and their relatives in research.

At least 1% of adults are on the autism spectrum. However, very little research has been undertaken into the life experiences of adults and older people on the autism spectrum, and how these can be improved.

To address this significant research gap, in January 2015, Adult Autism Spectrum began a research programme about the life experiences of adults on the autism spectrum and their relatives/carers. This project is being led by Newcastle University researchers, and funded by the research charity Autistica.

Read more. 

Initial study results summary
Adult Autism Spectrum Cohort – UK newsletter (autumn)
Measuring quality of life

Livewell leads the way in promoting dementia research tool

Livewell Southwest has been helping to raise awareness of Join Dementia Research (JDR) by asking their patients, carers and family members to get involved and sign up to JDR by using a handy kiosk, located in the foyer area of Edgcumbe Unit, on the Mount Gould site. Click here to read more.

Livewell Southwest patient proud to be a part of Research

Livewell Southwest is celebrating the contributions made to research as part of International Clinical Trials Day, 20 May. As part of our celebrations, we’re sharing the experiences of one of our patient’s – Barry – about why he signed up to take part in a research study which Livewell Southwest has been part of. Click here to read.

Research update

Back in 2014, the National Institute for Health Research and the Economic and Social Research Council awarded a team of researchers from over 13 organisations funding to start the IDEAL study which set out to explore the experiences of people affected by dementia and to find out what helps them to ‘live well’.

November 2018 – Newsletter

Participating in research – get involved!


Most people using our services find participating in research an extremely positive experience, due to the enhanced treatment they receive and the opportunity to contribute to the development of improved treatments for all.  If you are interested in taking part in research, please speak to your clinician. NHS Choices also has further information on research which is available here.

If you are at the Mount Gould Hospital site do come along and meet us. Please ask for the Research Team at the Main Reception in the Local Care Centre.

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