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How people across Great Britain get involved in IDEAL; clinical research networks and Join Dementia Research

  • This research is supported by a number of NHS clinical research networks, and NHS staff from these networks will be involved in conducting the research.
  • Local NHS staff visit participants in their homes, providing them with background information and completing the study questionnaires.

These networks are part of the National Health Service (NHS) and network staff are there to enable NHS patients to contribute to research by participating in research projects.

  • NIHR Clinical Research Network: Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases
    The Dementias and neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN) Specialty is one of 30 Specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. Its membership is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels.
  • Health and Care Research Wales CRC
    The Health and Care Research Wales Clinical Research Centre aims to increase the quality and quantity of people-centred research in Wales.
    The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network brings together Scotland's leading academics, clinicians, carers and people with dementia and aims to turn scientific discoveries into safe and effective treatments.

A list of the NHS Trusts taking part in IDEAL


  1. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  2. Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  3. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  4. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  6. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (based in Preston)
  7. Isle of Wight NHS Trust
  8. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  9. St. George’s NHS Trust
  10. Guy’s and St. Thomas’s NHS Trust
  11. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  12. 2gether Trust Cheltenham & Gloucester Avon & Wiltshire
  13. The Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE)
  14. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  15. Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  16. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  17. Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  18. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  19. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  20. Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  21. Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
  22. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  23. Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


  1. NHS Tayside
  2. NHS Lothian
  3. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  4. NHS Lanarkshire


  1. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  2. Hywel Dda University Health Board‌

Join Dementia Research

The IDEAL study is closed to new recuitment through Join Dementia Research.

January 2017 - There are opportunities to be involved in other studies including our linked study DECIDE.

The DECIDE study is looking to develop a new assessment to help improve the lives of carers.

For more information please visit the Join Dementia Research website -

 Join Dementia Research