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Relationships in Good Hands (RIGHT) Trial Update and plans for Phase 3

15 November 2021
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We are now eleven months into the 17-month long feasibility phase of the Relationships in Good Hands (RIGHT) Trial.

The RIGHT Trial team have made considerable progress with recruitment over the last few months and have now randomised 25 families. This is 6 families from Oxfordshire, 5 from Central Bedfordshire, 7 from Hertfordshire and 6 from Lanarkshire.

We are very grateful to the social workers who have helped to identify families for referral into the trial and we look forward to continuing to receive referrals in the coming months.

The trial team are currently making plans for the definitive phase of the trial where we will open up more sites across the UK to increase recruitment. Our trial steering committee have given us the go ahead to move into this phase where we will be able to access subvention funding for the treatment costs of the DDP therapy. 

Nottingham is likely to be our first site in Phase 3 and we have been carrying out mapping of the services in the area to understand what the “services as usual” arm of the trial might look like. This has involved talking to clinicians about their experiences of using DDP and in working with our population of looked after and adopted children.

Over the coming months we will be carrying out mapping and consultation work with services in other areas to identify and set up sites for recruitment.

Helen Minnis

Prof. Helen Minnis, our Principal Investigator, and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow says:

“I am so excited that this trial is up and running.  It took us more than a decade to get it funded, and to be more than 10% of the way through recruiting our target of 200 families feels amazing!”

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