Research and impact

Research

CEDAR is an internationally recognised clinical training/research department with partnerships in Australia, Canada, Europe, UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.

Our applied research focus embraces a lifespan focus with research groups active in Children and Young People (CAN), Adults (APTIA and SmartLab) as well as Older Adults underpinned by a translational research approach moving from experimental (mechanisms level) to implementation (innovative treatment and training approaches).

In support of all areas of CEDAR activity, our research portfolio is predominantly applied in nature, addressing patient, service intervention and transformation level research questions. Consequently, a lot of CEDAR funded research activity is able to directly inform other areas of activity by updating our training in a manner consistent with the latest evidence-base, serving as the basis of service development or by informing evidence-based intervention development and evaluation regarding effectiveness.

Previous research activity has involved systematic reviews identifying the evidence base informing intervention development and training protocols, feasibility randomised controlled trials (RCTs) examining methodological uncertainties for subsequent piloting to inform definitive RCTs to test intervention effectiveness. In the event the intervention is acceptable and demonstrates effectiveness, research exploring implementation and intervention training protocols is undertaken to complete the research process.

Impact

Impact within CEDAR is facilitated through our applied focus, excellent relationships with provider healthcare organisations and professional bodies alongside training expertise in evidence-based psychological therapies.

Our impact is achieved through consolidation of our main areas of activity concerned with Education, Development and Research resulting in significant benefits to service provision alongside more effective and acceptable interventions for patients.

One example of the impact that can arise when our separate areas of activity come together comes from a research project funded by the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) through Help for Heroes. The focus of the project was on informing adaptation, development and implementation of ‘Hidden Wounds’, a Step 2 ‘low-intensity CBT’ mental health service for Armed Forces veterans and family members experiencing common mental health difficulties.

The impact of the research undertaken within this project is now being applied to inform a training package to improve the acceptability of NHS Improving Access to Psychological (IAPT) services and enhance the competency of the psychological therapies workforce when working with this population.