Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award after creating a new system to support referrals into research studies.

The trust provides mental health and learning disability services for adults and children across the county.

Called Researching Together, the new project is one of 10 finalists in the Clinical Research Nursing category of the Nursing Times Awards 2020.

NSFT is the only specialist mental health trust and the only trust from the eastern region to be shortlisted Researching Together has seen a centralised point of access created for people interested in taking part in research through self or clinician referral.

The new system collects voluntary information about the wellbeing, cultural needs and preferences of those taking part in research so the team can provide a more personalised service.

Feedback materials have also been developed as part of the project, while an evaluation of the impact taking part in research has people has been carried out.

The initiative has boosted the number of people signing up to research projects, with an additional 600 referrals received since the system launched in October last year, a spokesman said.

More than 6,000 generic research materials promoting the service have also been sent out in routine clinical packs.

The winner will be announced in a ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on Wednesday, October 14.