The winner of the 2017 NIHR Let’s Get Digital competition video category is ‘Involving carers in mental health planning’ from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The video illustrates recommendations for improving service user involvement in planning their care within the mental health service. The findings explained in the video were from the Enhancing the Quality for user Involvement Care Planning in Mental Health Services (EQUIP) research project, funded by the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme.

Expert judge Dr David Dunkley Gyimah, Journalism, Art and Film expert and Lecturer at University of Westminster, said:

“This video shows a brilliant and effective use of stop-motion animation executed to align effortlessly with the narrative and meets the audience needs well. There is an absorbing use of sound effects in animation movement, which fits accordingly, and the voice over is highly receptive, engaging and warm. A great example of how animation can bring research to life and make it accessible for all.”

The EQUIP Chief Investigator, Professor Karina Lovell, said:

We are delighted that our work on the EQUIP programme has won this award - the quality of our outputs are a direct reflection of our strong working partnership with service users and carers who have contributed enormously to this animation. Thank you!”

Involving carers in mental health planning’ was one of five shortlisted entries, all of which were reviewed by an expert judging panel and subject to a public vote.