Research and Innovation

Research and Development

It is an exciting time for research in KMPT with research involvement increasing across Kent and Medway. We are participating in more industry studies than ever before, helping to develop our research team further.

Our Research and Development team has a focus on mental health, dementias and neurodegeneration. We are funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and are part of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Clinical Research Network (KSSCRN).

Meet our team

Find out who's who in the Research and Development team.

Service user involvement

Service users and carers can get involved by participating in our active studies, which you can find here. This will play a crucial role in improving the lives of service users and their carers and may also assist in their own recovery.

We also work alongside the Trust’s Expert by Experience Group (EbyE) and benefit from their support and input into KMPT’s research strategies. They are always looking for new members. Contact for more information on how to get involved.

Staff involvement

Clinicians can have hugely varying input into research, for instance, simply by screening their caseload and identifying potential participants for any of our studies. They can also get involved in conducting interventions where relevant, and can talk to their clients about research. Some staff members willing to learn can also take on additional responsibilities as well as receiving free Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training.

Offering research involvement to your patient

CRN: Thames Valley and South Midlands, in partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, has made a short training video for Mental health clinicians.

Join dementia research logoJoin Dementia Research (JDR)

A new online database called Join Dementia Research (JDR) has recently been launched. It is a place for people to register their interest in participating in dementia research.  It helps people with dementia, their carers, or anyone interested in dementia research to be matched to potentially suitable studies.

You can register for the research either online at, by phone or by post. Your details will be stored securely and will be regularly matched against relevant studies.

Twitter: @beatdementia



Open Dialogue

We are currently taking part in a national pilot project involving the Open Dialogue (OD) approach.The approach involves psychologically consistent, family and social network meetings where members of the service user’s family or peer group will meet with a team of professionals in their own home and engage in dialogue including the service user.


Contact details

If you have any queries, want to get involved, or would like to discuss any aspect of our research and development work, please contact a member of our team or use our online enquiry form.

You could also:

  • Find out who can be a Principal Investigator

  • Discover what research offers patients

  • Arrange a personalised research talk for you and/or your team to discuss how you and the service users in your care can be involved in research.