B0003336 Decline into mental illness - artworkA synergistic relationship between the Department and our clinical partners is crucial, especially with our main collaborator, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, but also with other trusts involved in Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) and with social services. The clinical activities by some members of the Department are highly relevant to its research and education responsibilities and to the tripartite mission linking these with the best clinical care to benefit patients. Much of the responsibility for educating University students studying clinical psychiatry is shouldered by CPFT under the overall direction of the Department. The R&D activity of CPFT is a close partnership with the Department, as is the CLAHRC East of England.

Over the years, members of the Department have led service developments in Learning Disability, children’s mental health, autism, clozapine clinic and the early intervention in psychosis service, CAMEO. A collaboration with CPFT and the MRC CBU led to the development of the Cambridge Centre for Affective Disorders (C2AD), and a new partnership with the National Autism Society, the Autism Research Trust and the N Sethia Foundatio supports the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre. There is a University nominee non-executive director on the CPFT board, currently Sir Patrick Sissons, and a Departmental member of the board of CUHP on behalf of CPFT, currently Peter Jones. The CPFT R&D director is Ed Bullmore. Dr Jesus Perez  is clinical director of the West Anglia CLRN and director of the East Anglia Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) hub; John O’Brien has responsibilities in the Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disorders Research Network (DeNDRoN).

Much of the research activity of the Department takes place within CPFT clinical services with support from the MHRN and DeNDRoN.

We work closely with a number of clinical services within the Trust, for a complete list of current services, click here.

Psychiatric trainees interested in getting involved in our research can see our list of current research opportunities.