Collaborating on research with St Andrew's Healthcare

We undertake our own clinically-led research and also work with a number of external research organisations. We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in conducting research with us.

It’s important for us to deliver focused research that helps to change the lives of people experiencing complex mental health issues.

Please click here to look at our research priorities – if your research aligns with ours, then please complete our Expression of Interest Form and email it to [email protected].

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your research idea before application.

Patient Data

It is widely recognised that patient data is vital for transforming mental health. The patient data held here at St Andrew's Healthcare offers a unique opportunity for researchers to help to improve mental health research outcomes. You can use our Expression of Interest form to request extraction of anonymised data from our electronic records. Please note the Data Privacy policies that are in place within the Charity.

Student research projects

We currently support PhD and Master’s students to undertake research within St Andrew’s Healthcare. Please refer to our approval process for postgraduates within the Resources Documents on this page. 

If you are interested in conducting your postgraduate research project with us, please start by reading our research priorities. We’re happy to consider postgraduate projects that further these priorities.

To be considered, please complete the Expression of Interest Form in the first instance and email it to [email protected]

This form is intended to elicit the information required for the pre-check, which is recommended before project development and ethical approval takes place.

 Please refer to the Resources section on this page for all relevant documents.  



Join us in transforming lives through research

We want to provide innovative, value-adding research that improves the lives of people with complex mental health issues. We believe that creative minds, given room to thrive, can solve the puzzles of mental health.

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and abilities, and will consider flexible working arrangements and job shares.


How we use personally-identifiable information

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research. 

We use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health and care. As a specialist mental healthcare charity we have a legitimate interest in using information relating to your health and care for research studies, when you agree to take part in a research study. This means that we will use your data, collected in the course of a research study, in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to mange your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw form the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible. 

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal date, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not ssatisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful, you can complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). 

You can contact our Data Protection Officer on [email protected]