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Welcome to the 18th edition, keeping you informed about our research.


Psychological Impact of COVID – summary of study findings

The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented time in all our lives and each one of us across the
globe was affected in very different ways.

The Psychological Impact of COVID study, conducted by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with (among others) our Trust, was a large global study across ten countries on the psychological impact of COVID-19.

Although the data is still being analysed, there are already a host of important lessons being learned about what we can do to change our reactions to natural disasters, pandemics or changes in our external environment, as was experienced with COVID-19.

For a full breakdown of the results, please watch this clip.

Dementia awareness event.PNGDementia awareness events

We are attending the Help & Care Dementia Awareness Drop-in events that are taking place across Dorset throughout the year.

The team set up a stall to meet members of the public and discuss research opportunities that
are open to those with dementia or mild-cognitive impairment.

Last month they attended Dorchester, Bournemouth and Bridport events which provided useful networking opportunities with other services in the community

Follow the link for more information about future events or email

Weymouth Research Hub.PNGWeymouth Research Hub launched

Launched on 13 June, with the ribbon and cake cut by Mayor of Weymouth Kate Wheller, the new Weymouth Hub aims to be at the forefront of vaccine research in the future.

Set up in the Linden Unit at Westhaven Community Hospital in Radipole Lane, Weymouth, the hub is a joint venture between two NHS trusts, Dorset HealthCare and Dorset County Hospital.

The team will receive ongoing support from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Wessex, the research arm of the NHS. If you live in this part of Dorset, you now have the chance to take part in clinical trials.

People are invited to come forward to get involved in vital vaccine research, which is now actively recruiting.

Please visit the Dorset County Hospital website for the hub’s introduction video and visit the Be Part of Research website for more information on how to take part.

Be Part of Research logo.pngDo you have any patients who could be involved in research?

If you have any questions about our current studies please get in touch. Or, if you have any patients who would like to be involved in research, please get in touch.


Current studies open to recruitment

Understanding Anger and Aggression: A Questionnaire Study

This study is sponsored by the University of Oxford and is designed to try and understand what psy-chological factors 'drive' aggression in patients with psychosis. We are therefore looking to recruit male patients with a diagnosis of psychosis, either in an inpatient setting or in the community, this can include any forensic patients.

Patients will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires and complete brief demographic infor-mation, they will be reimbursed £15 for their time (~45 mins). The questionnaires will measure anger and aggression and a number of psychological mechanisms.

Study coordinator:

CONGA study.PNGCONGA - An observational longitudinal cohort study to investigate Cortical Disar-ray Measurement in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease

The study aims to assess the accuracy of a new MRI-based imaging technique (Cortical Disarray Measurement) in detecting progressive changes in cognitive and functional measures over 2 years in participants presenting with MCI and early de-mentia. It aims to explore both patient and com-panion views on the diagnostic journey and expe-rience of scanning.

Participants will be asked to take part in an initial battery of cognitive assessments, along with blood tests and an MRI scan. Participants will then be followed-up at 6 monthly intervals over the course of 2 years, both in person and remotely.

Study coordinator:


STOP is a new mobile App that delivers standalone cognitive bias modification for Interpretation therapy (CBM-I), designed to encour-age people with paranoia to think in alternative, less harmful ways. We are looking to recruit service users over the age of 18, who have experienced distressing mild-moderate paranoia for the last month or longer.

Participants will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire via telephone. If eligible, they will then be asked to complete sessions in a mobile app once a week (~up to 1.5hrs), for 12 weeks, and four follow-up assessments. Participants will be reimbursed £20 after each assessment, plus an addi-tional £20 upon completion of the last assessment.

Study coordinator:


This study is a commercial drug study looking at the efficacy, safety and tolerability of the study drug named AVP-786 compared to placebo for the treatment of agitation in patients with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.

Participants and their carers will be asked to attend 10 study visits over a period of 20 weeks.
The study is running until August 2024 and can involve any eligible patient who lives in the Dorset ar-ea.

The PI for the study is Dr Carol Bannister, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry.

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