About the Research Centre
Transforming lives through research
The Research Centre supports St Andrew’s Healthcare clinicians and external collaborators in delivering our emerging research strategy, focused on improving the lives of people who experience complex mental health issues.
Led by Johnny Fountain, Director, and Dr Kieran Breen, Head of Research & Development, the Research Centre team fund, design and deliver collaborative patient-driven research, generating knowledge and interventions to enhance the lives of patients with some of the most complex challenging mental health needs in the UK.
Our research approach underpins the wider charity’s agenda to deliver value-based, outcome-driven healthcare, delivered through individually personalised care packages and prioritising physical as well as mental health.
We share our knowledge through conference presentations, academic publications and publication in professional media. Our extensive academic library is well used by students and other research professionals.
At St Andrew's Healthcare Research Centre, we want to drive a new agenda for mental health research in:
If your research plans align with ours, please click here to see how you can collaborate with us.
How we are exploring virtual reality with help from our dementia patients
Eight of our patients with complex dementia have been exploring the use of virtual reality headsets, as part of an exciting research project in collaboration with the University of Kent.
Are healthcare workers the answer to improving patients’ physical wellbeing?
Researchers from Loughborough University have been working in partnership with us to investigate the effect physical exercise has on patients who are severely mentally ill.