Consent for Contact

We are looking for patients of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) who are interested in taking part in research that contributes to better health for people with mental health related problems. In order for researchers to know who to contact in SLaM about research projects we have introduced Consent for Contact (C4C).

As a first step, we are creating a register of people who would be willing for researchers to contact them to ask if they would like to take part in current or future research projects that interest them. You may have been asked by your care coordinator already or if you are interested, you can ask them.

At this stage we’re not asking you to agree to any particular study. If you agree to join this register you’re giving your consent for researchers to look at your SLaM medical records. By using your records, researchers can check if you might be suitable for a specific research project based on different aspects of your health, for example, your symptoms or your medication. All researchers work for or are approved by SLaM.

If you are suitable for a particular project, the researcher will contact you and discuss the project in more detail with you. You’re then free to agree to take part or not, without giving a reason.

Whether you sign up for the C4C register or not, your care will not be affected in any way.

Professor Tom Craig explains more about how C4C works:

Find out more in the information leaflets:

Participating in Research: Information for patients

Participating in Research: Information for parents and guardians

Participating in Research: Information for people responsible for another adult

Participating in Research: FAQs for staff

Are you currently using a SLaM service? If so and you’re interested in signing up to C4C you can:

  1. Complete an expression of interest form
  2. Talk to your care coordinator
  3. Call the C4C team directly on 0203 228 3680
  4. Email c4c@slam.nhs.uk

Publications:

Read the December 2014 issue of C4C's newsletter

Read the April/May 2015 issue of C4C's newsletter