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 email your proposal idea in the first instance 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. To request extraction of anonymised data from our electronic records please contact our office on [email protected]. 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. 

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.

For your project to be considered, in the first instance please email your proposal idea to [email protected]

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 are currently recruiting for a Research Associate (Mental Health) to join our team. Please see the job advert here

The Research & Innovation department of St Andrew’s Healthcare invites applications for a senior researcher beginning in April 2021. We seek a motivated and enthusiastic individual, who is passionate about delivering innovative and translational projects that are going to make a difference directly to our patients in secure care.  An interest in the use of digital technology and virtual/augmented reality in personalised mental healthcare is of interest.

About the Role

We are looking for a researcher to join the team, who, in addition to having proven research independence, is passionate about delivering innovative and translational projects that are going to make a difference to our patients in secure care. The post-holder is required to engage independently with internal and external stakeholders and collaborators, such as our clinicians, university partners and technology companies, in order to:

  • Develop cutting-edge research ideas
  • Collaborate with clinicians to translate research findings into innovative clinical practices
  • Ensure the delivery of agreed output for existing and new projects
  • Publish findings in peer-reviewed journals

The role will also provide the opportunity to develop and supervise postgraduate students (masters’ and PhD), deliver teaching to clinical students and supervise junior project research assistants. They will ensure that research activities are conducted to the highest standard in accordance with the principles of good clinical practice.

Skills & experience

The successful candidates will hold a PhD or equivalent and preferably have a research track record in delivering translational research projects, ideally in the context of mental healthcare provision. Experience of working directly with clinicians and patients is desirable, and enthusiasm for improving care and treatments in a mental health setting is essential.

Closing Date:   06 April 2021

Early application is strongly advised as we are looking to recruit as soon as possible. Suitable applicants may be interviewed and an appointment made prior to the closing date.

A job description is available upon request – please email: [email protected]. To find out more about this role, please contact Dr Kieran Breen ([email protected]).

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]