Resources and useful links

Mental health Specialty Leaflet

The Mental health Specialty leaflet gives an overview of the services we offer.

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Our Studies

Overcoming uncertainty: Clinical research and prison

The Clinical Research Network frequently delivers studies in challenging clinical environments. Picture the hustle and bustle of accident and emergency, or the technical complexities of surgery. But what about a non-clinical setting completely unfamiliar with the requirements of clinical research? CRN: Mental health looks at the successful delivery of N-ALIVE, a groundbreaking study taking place in Her Majesty’s Prisons.

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Research culture gets results

How does a mental health Trust, with limited research activity, achieve the first site and first UK patient for a European commercial study? The answer is teamwork...

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Making commercial research the best it can be: how the NIHR CRN supports commercial studies

The NIHR CRN oversees the set-up and delivery of various types of commercial research across the UK, from assisting with feasibility, set-up and recruitment, to – once a study is delivered and closing – making sure that the study is as valuable as it can be.

We spoke to three members of staff – Saffra Knox, Nikki Skelton and Allan Young – who work with industry on studies related to mental health, dementia and neurological disorders. They explained what makes partnership with industry successful and how it works on a day-to-day basis.

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Patient and Carer Involvement

Involving people with experience of mental health problems in research

A guidance document outlining how people with experience of mental health problems can be involved in research.

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Good practice guidance for recruitment and involvement of service user and carer researchers

This guidance is designed to support and promote good practice in the use of service users and carers as researchers.

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Impact of Service and Carer Involvement

A series of case studies illustrating the impact of service user and carer involvement on research

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Other Resources

Involving carers in research

A guidance document outlining how carers, family members and close friends of people with experience of mental health problems can be involved in research.

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Contributions from carers

Below are three case studies that showcase the contributions that carers have made to mental health research through their involvement in studies.

Engaging global communities in research learning

Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop an online course; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The course is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.

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List of NHS trusts that run Mental health studies

Maintaining the UK's leading edge

Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.

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List of universities involved with Mental health research