Date: 10 November 2017
University College London (UCL) and King’s College London are leading the establishment of an NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit (PRU), which will bring mental health researchers, clinicians, service users and carers closer together.
Commissioned through the NIHR’s Policy Research Programme following an open competition, the policy research unit will be hosted at UCL, jointly led by UCL and King’s, alongside researchers from City, University of London and Middlesex University. It is funded at a cost of £5 million for five years and the main aim of the unit is to provide research to inform policy makers.
The PRU will focus on prevention, access and quality of mental health care, by conducting research on the impact of existing policies and through provision of expert advice in a timely manner. It will offer bespoke analyses to help guide mental health policy, drawing on existing data sets to rapidly collect evidence, and by synthesising established findings. The PRU will also work with a broader network of experts in the field, and identify researchers who can be available at short notice to offer up advice or to take on short-term projects.
Health Minister, Lord O’Shaughnessy said:
“Mental health is a major priority for this Government. We are working hard to put mental and physical health on an equal footing and have put record funding in mental health services. This new research unit will bring together a team of high calibre researchers to help government make the right, evidence-based decisions for people with mental health issues.”
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