About us

We are  a research active Trust, where clinical research studies are core to the service user experience and clinical care. We have a wide range of research studies open investigating common mental health conditions such as depression, and psychosis, and we also have a range of dementia studies. This enables service users, carers, and staff to take part in research across the Trust in the community and inpatient setting to help researchers to find better ways to treat mental health conditions and improve quality of life.

Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

We have a dedicated Clinical Research Unit (CRU) based at Barnes Hospital. The CRU enables SWLSTG Trust researchers to run high quality research studies, where service users, carers, and volunteers can be seen in a safe and secure environment. The R&D Director and Clinical Research Practitioners oversee the CRU and support the Trust with the delivery of all clinical research studies running in the CRU.

Our Research Partners

We have links with neighboring universities, including St. George’s, University of London, Kingston and Roehampton. We also work very closely in research with a neighbouring Trust – Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. These help to develop the variety of mental health research that we conduct at SWSLTG.

Patient and Public Involvement/Co-production

We are committed to enabling, developing and supporting genuine active involvement in our research, working alongside people who have lived experience and/or caring experience of mental distress.

Taking part in clinical research

The research we deliver is valuable to the Trust and the future clinical and social care of service users. This is because research can help to determine best clinical and social care practice for the future. If you are interested to take part in research, or you would like to learn, please see the information below.

How to take part in a research study

We have a wide range of clinical research studies open at the Trust, and these may be suitable for service users, carers, volunteers or staff. The studies may be questionnaires/surveys, attending an interview, taking part in a new therapy or being involved in focus groups, or taking part in interventional research where a new medication may be being trialled.

Please take a look at our open research studies which will provide you with more information on the open clinical research studies that we have and that you may be able to register your interest in.  

If you would like to know more about a particular research study, or you think you would be suitable to take part, please contact the clinical research unit team by email: researchdevelopment@swlstg.nhs.uk

Meet the team

Our core business is split across three primary bases within the Trust: our Clinical Research Unit (CRU) specializes in the delivery of our clinical research studies and is based at Barnes Hospital in Barnes (London). We also primarily work from Springfield Hospital in Tooting and undertake clinical research on the wards at Tolworth Hospital.

R&D Director, Dr Robert Lawrence Robert.Lawrence@swlstg.nhs.uk

R&D Governance & Clinical Trials Manager, Tania West  Tania.west@swlstg.nhs.uk

Clinical Research Practitioner, Tasnim Fakira  Tasnim.Fakira@swlstg.nhs.uk

Clinical Research Practitioner, Rebecca Cox  Rebecca.Cox@swlstg.nhs.uk

Clinical Trials Assistant, Anita Jibero  Anita.Jibero@swlstg.nhs.uk

R&D Governance Officer, Jhian Cadimas  Jhian.Cadimas@swlstg.nhs.uk