6PM enters into partnership agreement to develop a Dementia research database

6PM has signed an agreement with West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT) and entered into a partnership to develop a Dementia research database.

This new and innovative solution will enable clinical staff and carers to ensure they are easily able to identify patients that are both suitable and would welcome the opportunity to participate in research studies. The database will be used as a recruitment and management tool for any UKCRN Research study. The proposed system is a register of people, grouped together on the basis of their clinical/mental conditions.

The register will hold details for patients assembled through community organisations and service structures as well as through specialist services. Patients and their carers who have consented to participate and are willing to be approached for their involvement in these research studies will have their demographic and basic clinical details held on the patient register application. They may then be approached to be involved in a variety of clinical research projects (cohort studies, intervention studies and other epidemiological enquiries), all of which will be subjected to separate ethics approval, R&D registration and consent.

The Patient Register will be able to promote a greater number of patients and carers to be eligible for research and ensure patients get the best possible cutting edge care for their condition.

Commenting on the award of this contract and the future partnership potential, Steve Wightman, 6PM’s Deputy CEO, said: “Being awarded this contract is a great achievement by our team who continue to show innovation and solution design that clearly keeps us ahead of the competition. Every contract award is important for 6PM, but this one is key in that it expands our clinical portfolio into mental health care & clinical research management whilst providing a platform for partnership and business expansion with WLMHT, one of UK’s leading mental health trusts”.

“Linking people with dementia with high quality research has historically been very problematic. Registering an individual’s interest has proved very effective in earlier pilot work with DemReg but this new system will allow us to embed the register completely in clinical practice. This will allow even more people to gain access to the high quality dementia research we undertake.”

-Dr Craig Ritchie, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College London; R&D Director and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, West London Mental Health Trust; Co-Director, London (Northwest) CLRN.

“The patient register is an innovative solution which will reduce recruitment time for clinical studies, allows for quick searches and is auditable. The solution is a must for any healthcare organisation conducting clinical research.”

-Manish Patel, Business Development Director R&D, West London Mental Health NHS Trust.

About WLMHT

WLMHT is one of the largest and most diverse mental health services in the UK, providing care and treatment for around 20,000 people each year and serve a local population of around 700,000 residents.

Employing around 3,500 staff and serve a local community of many races, religions and languages, across the three London boroughs of Ealing; Hammersmith & Fulham & Hounslow.

SPECIALIST SERVICES

As well as community and inpatient mental health services, we are a leading national provider of forensic (secure) and specialist mental healthcare.
Our specialist services include:

  • Broadmoor Hospital – one of only three high security mental health hospitals in England.
  • The Cassel – a specialist inpatient service for people with personality disorders.
  • The Gender Identity Clinic – the largest service of its kind in the world and the leading provider of care for people who have issues around their gender.
  • West London Forensic Services – providing high quality mental healthcare in low and medium secure environments.

HELPING PEOPLE RECOVER

We’re committed to the highest standards of care. We seek regular feedback and act on it quickly. We also involve patients, service users and carers in trust business, in staff training sessions and on our recruitment panels. This helps us make decisions in the very best interests of the people who use services.

Our staff uses the recovery approach, which puts power back into the hands of the people who use services and those who support them.

We include families and loved ones in planning care, to help recovery and to build strong, open communication. We also support them in their vital role as carers in the community with support groups and information.