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Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust provides health and wellbeing services for a population of around 1.8 million people. The services provided include community nursing, health visiting and a range of therapy services. Wellbeing services provided include smoking cessation and healthy lifestyle services. The Trust specialises in secure, perinatal, inpatient and community mental health services, including services for children and young people and patients with learning disabilities. Find out more about Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust here.

Staff and service users are being recruited from Lancashire for the Randomised Controlled Trial in WP4, and will be recruited for the Process Evaluation in WP5.

Meet the Research Team

Amy Davidson (Principal Investigator)

Amy Davidson is Head of Nursing and Professional Practice at Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation NHS Trust. Amy is a registered mental health nurse and independent prescriber with over 20 years’ experience of working within mental health services as both a clinician and as a regulator. She has worked clinically in a variety of settings including working with adult survivors of sexual abuse, perinatal, adult acute services, dual diagnosis and safeguarding.

Amy is passionate about embedding collaborative working within mental health services.  She believes that moving towards placing individuals meaningfully at the centre of their care and empowering the voice of lived experience is central to improving experiences of accessing mental health services. The TACK II trial is therefore a research project that she feels passionate about being part of.

Polly Bidwell (Clinical Studies Officer)

Polly started working on the TACK II study mid-way through 2021. She has a degree in social work and a postgrad in psychological studies and has worked as a clinical studies officer in LSCFT for 15 years! Polly works part time on a number of other mental health studies and when she is not working, looks after her three children and ferries them about to their many and varied interests. Any precious spare time is spent gardening or practicing yoga.

Polly Bidwell (Clinical Studies Officer)


Karen Palmer (Research Nurse Manager)

Karen is a general nurse with an interest in supporting people with mental health challenges. She has had a varied nursing career over the past 19 years, working with people with many different physical and mental health conditions, supporting them to take part in clinical research. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family playing tennis and walking in the countryside.


Karen Palmer (Research Nurse Manager)