Current research

CANDDID is working towards becoming a leader in research for Autism, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Intellectual Disability.

  • To achieve this ambition CANDDID aims to:

    Co-production in research: Working with families and carers to co-produce research projects.

    Work on a research projects around Dementia in Learning Disabilities

    Set up a data collection framework: To generate quality data that would link research evaluations and service evaluations.

    Set up internal processes for registering and supporting research and service evaluation projects.

    Carry out research allied to the Dynamic Support Database for people at risk of admission to specialist hospital settings, funded through the TCP.

    Develop a Dynamic Support Database for complex physical health conditions, linked to the LeDeR programme

 Current research projects:

  • Universal Needs-Based Resource Allocation (UNBRA)

    Universal Needs-Based Resource Allocation (UNBRA)

    Lead researcher – Dr. Susanne Meddings, Clinical Psychologist

    Project involves development of a tool to aid clinical assessment of support needs and associated resource implications for adults on inpatient Learning Disability Assessment and Treatment Units. The tool would allow appropriate allocation of resources to inpatient services, based on the needs of the patient population and to ensure safe and effective care.

  • Dynamic Support Database – Transforming Care (DSD-TC)

    Dynamic Support Database – Transforming Care (DSD-TC)

    Lead – Dr. Ceri Woodrow, Clinical Psychologist

    The project involved development of a risk stratification tool to identify people with learning disabilities, autism or both who were at risk of admission to specialist inpatient settings. This project was supported by the North West Operational Delivery Network (ODN). Following on from the development of the tool, the project is currently evaluating outcomes of targeted interventions in those identified as at risk of admissions to inpatient unit.

  • Dynamic Support Tool – Physical Health (DST-PH)

    Dynamic Support Tool – Physical Health (DST-PH)

    Lead – Dr. Sujeet Jaydeokar, Consultant Psychiatrist and Operational Clinical Director

    This project involved development of a risk stratification tool to identify people with learning disabilities and complex physical health conditions who were at risk for premature mortality / preventable deaths and drive targeted interventions in primary and secondary care to reduce the risk of premature mortality. Following on from the development of the tool, the project is currently working on evaluating psychometric properties of the tool.

  • Autism Diagnostic Aid (ADA)

    Autism Diagnostic Aid (ADA)

    Lead – Dr. Saman Shahzad, Consultant Psychiatrist and Dr Mahesh Odiyoor, Consultant Psychiatrist and Strategic Clinical Director

    Dr Odiyoor was involved in the development of the Autism Diagnostic Aid (ADA) tool. The tool was based on the diagnostic criteria for autism as described in the ICD-10. The project is now focussing on the validation of the ADA tool as a diagnostic tool for autism in people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Global Mental Health Assessment Tool – Intellectual Disability (GMHAT-ID)

    Global Mental Health Assessment Tool – Intellectual Disability (GMHAT-ID)


    Lead – Dr. Sujeet Jaydeokar, Consultant Psychiatrist and Operational Clinical Director and Dr. Mahesh Odiyoor, Consultant Psychiatrist and Strategic Clinical Director


    Global Mental Health Assessment Tool is a computer-assisted clinical interview schedule that could be used for the assessment of mental health issues in the general population. This is a well validated tool and the primary care version is used internationally. The project is looking at adapting the tool for the use in people with intellectual disability.