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Policy Research Programme - Mental health services funding call


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Supporting Information

*This document is an example of the online application form and can be used as a template to prepare your answers. Please do not use this as an application form. You must apply using the online form in the Research Management System.

The NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) is inviting applications for two calls around the theme of mental health to support policymakers in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Liaison and diversion services for children and young people funding call

This call will focus on the delivery of research to understand how different agencies work together to refer children and young people (CYP) to liaison and diversion (L&D) services and share information about vulnerable CYP.

This research is needed to understand best practice of L&D services and increase referrals for CYP, and improve information sharing between L&D services and other statutory and voluntary agencies such as youth justice agencies. This will enable L&D services to better identify vulnerability and unmet needs amongst CYP in order to refer them to appropriate health services and inform diversionary, charging and sentencing decisions.

The call is open to teams of researchers with demonstrable experience in process evaluation and work including CYP.

Access assessments for admission to adult medium and low secure services

This call is for the delivery of research to inform decisions about the appropriate use of NHS resource, and establish the principles of access assessments to adult medium and low secure services associated with the most effective use of these resources. There is a need to improve the interface across the whole pathway, including Criminal Justice System and secondary mental health, learning disability and autism services.

In particular, we would welcome research that examines the use of structured assessment tools in these settings and evaluates the experience of professionals who make referrals, those who conduct assessments and patients who are experiencing the process.

The call is open to teams of researchers with the capacity to establish whether NHS resources are being used effectively and efficiently for adult medium and low secure services.

How to apply

Both calls are for proposals up to £400,000. The duration of the projects should be as short as is consistent with delivering a high quality study. Capability to start promptly will be an advantage, and for this commissioning round, applicants should demonstrate that projects can start by 1 November 2021.

Both funding calls will be conducted in one stage. We recommend that you read the Guidance for Stage 1 Applications and Standard Information for Applicants before completing your application.

Word document version of the application form is available and can be used to assist in preparing responses for the online application form. Applicants are also required to complete a finance form outlining distribution of resources. These forms may be used as a template only, and you must apply through the Research Management System (RMS), which will go live on 27 July 2021.

The deadline for these calls is 13:00 on 7 September 2021.

If you have any questions regarding either of the calls, please submit these through our online enquiries form.