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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:

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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

R&D Governance & Clinical Trials Manager, Tania West

Clinical Research Practitioner, Tasnim Fakira

Clinical Research Practitioner, Rebecca Cox

Clinical Trials Assistant, Jennifer Bonner

Clinical Trials Assistant, Anita Jibero

R&D Governance Officer, Jhian Cadimas

Lived Experience Researcher and PPI/Coproduction Lead, Kati Turner
Population Health Research Institute
St George's, University of London                                                                                     



South West London and St George’s (SWLSTG) Mental Health NHS Trust is 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.

Contact Us

Email: Tel: 0203 513 3631 Twitter: @SWLStG_Research


We recognise that, alongside family and friends, school networks and professionals are key to identifying and supporting a Child/Young Person's emotional needs. We aim to work alongside school staff, where appropriate, to ensure the Child/Young Person feels safe and supported.


CAMHS teams work very closely with schools across the 5 boroughs.  We have a range of Mental Health Support Teams, which consist of Clinical Psychologists and Educational Wellbeing Practitioners (EWP).

It is often in schools where difficulties are identified and raised.  We aim to work collaboratively with schools to ensure Children and Young People get the support they need as soon as possible.

If you have concerns about a child or young person's mental health you can contact your local CAMHS team or ask to speak with the Psychologist linked to the school.  We offer regular consultation slots for all school staff for either case consultation or to think about mental health issues more generally in the school.  Reflective practice groups for school staff are also offered regularly. 

CAMHS Early Help (Trailblazer and Child Wellbeing Practitioner teams) have been developing a number of videos for parents, teens and school staff on a range of mental health and wellbeing topics. The link to the Youtube channel is below and we are also adding new videos regularly!

Children & Young People's Wellbeing Service Videos

How to make a referral

If you have concerns about a Child or Young Person's mental health, use our borough pages to contact your local CAMHS team. It is useful to have certain key information when making a referral, including:

  • The full name(s) of the child or young person being referred
  • The surname of their parent/carer if different from the child or young person
  • Date of birth and address, including postcode
  • Telephone numbers; for young people aged over 16 this should include a mobile phone number (if they have one) so that CAMHS can contact them directly (if appropriate)
  • Names and ages of family members
  • Name of school
  • Name of registered GP
  • Other agencies known to be involved (e.g. Connexions, education, social services)
  • Significant medical problems/medication
  • A brief history of presenting problems, with your opinion of the effect these have on the child and their mental health and his/her family members
  • An indication of your opinion of the degree of risk to self or others and to what degree the problem is affecting everyday life for the individual and family

Even if a referral does not meet criteria for a Trust service, they may be able to point you in the direction of useful support services for the young person/ family.

Referral criteria

It is not possible to give absolute definitions about which children or young people should be referred to CAMHS. CAMHS supports children, young people and families whose social, emotional and behavioural needs are not met by universal services, such as those in the community and primary care.

What happens after the referral has been made?

New referrals are discussed by CAMHS teams at their weekly referrals meetings. Each referral is prioritised according to the information given in the referral.

The family and referrer are then contacted with information, either about an appointment or alternative next steps. A CAMHS worker may contact you for further information, or to think with you about the best way of engaging the family in an assessment.

If a family or young person's needs worsen whilst you are waiting to hear the outcome from a referral, contact the CAMHS team and provide them with an update. In cases where someone's safety may be at risk, either as a result of self-harm, potential harm to others or child protection issues, please contact the relevant agency immediately and directly (for example, accident and emergency (A&E), police, social care).


Once a referral has been accepted at CAMHS, we sometimes ask professionals involved in families lives to fill out questionnaires and screening tools. These questionnaires will help us understand families from the professionals' perspective and will support assessment and measure of progress.


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