Research is the way in which evidence is gathered about ‘what works’ in order to improve patient treatments for the future.

Our Centre for Research & Development (R&D) was launched on 17 April 2013. This page explains more about our approach to research and our particular areas of interest.

To find out about getting involved in our research, visit our research studies page.

A key principle of the NHS Constitution is that the NHS aims for the highest standards of excellence and professionalism through:

  • The delivery of high quality care that is safe, effective and focused on patient experience
  • The people it employs, and in the support education, training and development they receive
  • The leadership and management of its organisations
  • Its commitment to innovation and to the promotion and use of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population.

The work of the Centre for Research and Development helps us to meet these pledges. It also helps us to deliver against the Trust’s strategy, vision and values

As well as being home to our research teams, the Centre for Research and Development hosts conferences and training courses throughout the year. The library provides a wide range of services to support Trust staff to deliver patient care, evidence-based practice and service development, based on lifelong learning, education and research.

There are three areas of research on which we have a particular focus:
  • Self-harm and suicide prevention – learn more on the self-harm and suicide prevention page
  • Dementia and delirium – led by Dr Simon Thacker, who has published articles about the use of antipsychotic drugs in the elderly, screening for dementia and the role of hope in dementia care
  • Substance misuse - see this patient information notice for more information about current research in susbtance misuse services and how data is being used.

We work with our clinical services and external contacts to develop our knowledge and understanding in these areas with the aim of improving patient care and community wellbeing.

Clinical research

We are committed to the promotion and conduct of high-quality clinically focused research. We work within our local research networks to increase the number of opportunities for our service users to take part in these research studies. Our Clinical Research Team works with clinicians to promote, facilitate and deliver national studies within the Trust.

The Centre for Research & Development 
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Kingsway Site
DE22 3LZ


Full contact details and directions

For more information about named individuals in the research teams, please see below.

Booking a room at the centre

Training rooms at our Centre for Research & Development can be booked for external meetings and events. There is a range of rooms with modern facilities and the site has ample parking. To make an enquiry, please email

You can contact the research team via the office mobile, on 07825 935177.


Alternatively, you can email the research teams at We will endevour to respond to your email as soon as we can. 


You can also contact the team via our Twitter.


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