Health and social care research helps us learn about why we become ill and what we can do to stay well. It advances our knowledge so that we can find new treatments, change the way we deliver care, prevent illness and improve the environment, health and wellbeing of local populations.
We support research that benefits people who use our services and the communities we serve. We have studies for children and young people, dementia, substance misuse, eating disorders, learning disabilities and mental health.
The study aims to understand if some cases of psychiatric illness are caused by immune system problems. Normally, the immune system controls our ability to fight infection, however, if the immune system goes wrong it may cause diseases called ‘autoimmune’ diseases. We can diagnose some of these immune diseases using blood tests.
We are looking for adults who have been experiencing psychotic symptoms for at least 2 weeks and are under the care of a mental health service to take part in this study.
The study involves having a blood test and answering some questions about yourself and your symptoms. You will be given £10 for your time. The results of your blood test will be shared with your care team.