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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Research can be challenging, stimulating and fun.

A core role of the NHS is to support research. Your involvement ranges from providing data to studies, to supporting multisite studies and to leading the research yourself.

How to get involved in research and actually enjoy it

Like most things, when you start out, you need support. The best way to get a taste of research is to link with an established academic team and work alongside them. They will welcome serious offers of help and should be able to support you with your own work in due course. Be patient. You rarely get awarded Michelin stars for the your first few efforts at cooking. Research is likewise a complex process that takes planning, knowledge, expertise and resources.


Follow our quick guide to help you on your journey


Before you start your research

Before you start your research, it's a good idea to have a clear research question. We've put together a short list of what to think about before you embark on your research.


When you're writing

Writing well takes time, planning and good supervision. Follow our simple ground rules to increase the likelihood of getting your paper published.

Try reviewing

Reviewing others work is an important part of the research process and will help your own writing. We've got a few tips on reviewing others' work for you.

The publication process

Find out how the publication process works and what to expect when having your work seen by a reviewer.

Integrated clinical academic training

Are you interested in undertaking some research, but find you're struggling to make time? There are a number of ways you can fit in research with your training life.


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