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Why is health and care research important?

Research happens every day, right across all health and care services - from the community to acute trusts. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how important research is.  Research is critical to help discover which interventions work better for patients and ensures existing treatments are used in the best possible ways. It helps to find answers, fill gaps in knowledge and ensure best practice.

These short films help explain why research and taking part in research is so important:

Why do we do health and care research?

What is healthcare without research?

Who can take part in health research?

Mara's Story - Your Path In Research

Research benefits patients by:

- providing access to new treatments

- help determine new treatments and improve patient care for the future

- providing the feel-good factor – patients feed back that it helps them with their diagnosis to know that they’re helping patients in the future

Studies currently open in this Trust:

The GLAD study – Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression


Aim: To better understand depression and anxiety and find effective treatments to improve the lives of people experiencing these disorders.


  • Aged 16+ (no age limit)

- Has experienced symptoms of anxiety or depression in their lifetime

What’s involved?

  • Register here – don’t forget to say you heard about this study from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
  • 30 min eligibility questionnaire

- Saliva DNA sample sent through the post


Maternal Wellbeing, Mental Health, and Life Experience

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Aim: What are the factors have an effect in pregnancy and in the first year after childbirth i.e. certain life events and the effects of COVID-19.

Eligibility: ALL women aged 18+ who are currently within the perinatal period (currently pregnant or up to 1-year postpartum)

What’s involved?

- Basic assessment online – click here

- 2 short follow up questionnaires


MELD - Mapping and Evaluating Services for children with Learning Disabilities (LD) and Behaviours that Change (BtC) (ph.2)

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Aim: Find out about community based services across England that support children with a learning disability and behaviours that challenge, and their families.

Eligibility: For services: included in ph.1 and no significant change to their service model since ph.1

For children: 0-15 years; has LD defined administratively; been referred at least in part for BtC; parents can give informed consent

What’s involved?

Questionnaires for families on sign up and 12 months later.

Detailed information gathering of services and service users.


Find out more:

To find out more including meet the research team here in this Trust, discover other research studies that are open and see what’s happening in the wider research world, please visit our webpage: