News ~ £8 million investment in new mental health research networks @SimonGilbody @ukri_news #CLAHRCs #AddedValue #MentalHealthNetworks

£8 million investment in new mental health research networks



Eight new networks designed to broaden mental health research have been announced by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) today.

The networks cover a diverse range of topics, such as exploring the impact of loneliness and social isolation on mental health, improving the life expectancy of people with severe mental ill health and promoting young people’s mental health in a digital world. They will bring together experts from different fields from the arts, humanities and sciences to build capacity and lay the foundations for new, multidisciplinary approaches to mental health research.

The networks represent a total £8 million investment of public money over four years from across the research councils and will embrace insight from charity workers, health professionals and people with lived experience of mental health issues. This complements the £44 million average funding dedicated to this area each year by the MRC and other research councils.

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, said:

“Mental ill health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK, and it is estimated that almost a quarter of the country’s population are affected by mental health issues each year.

“The UKRI Mental Health Networks will take a new approach to addressing this challenge by bringing together researchers across a wide range of disciplines with people who have experienced mental health issues, charities, health practitioners and other organisations. Through their work, the new networks will further our understanding about the causes, development and treatments of a wide range of mental health issues.”

Dr Rachael Panizzo PhD, MRC Programme Manager for Mental Health and Addiction said:

“We know poor mental health is a complex problem and we want to look at all the factors involved.   UK research already explores some of the links between mental health and physical health, upbringing, relationships, and socioeconomic factors, but these new networks will strengthen research capacity in exciting and underexplored areas.  By working across Councils within UKRI we can broaden our scope, and create important new insights into mental health risk and prevention.”

Mental health research is a strategic priority for the MRC. Our global community of leading scientists is making huge strides in our understanding of mental health, progressing new treatments and ultimately uncovering paths to prevention of mental health problems.

The network funding call was the result of the Cross-disciplinary Mental Health Research Agenda 2017, developed jointly by the UK research councils, which pinpointed areas where researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds might work together to accelerate progress in mental health research.

The MRC became a constituent part of UKRI on 1 April 2018. UKRI is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Summaries of the new Mental Health Networks

MARCH: Social, Cultural and Community Assets for Mental Health

Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health

Violence, Abuse and Mental Health: Opportunities for Change

Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network

SMARtEN: Student Mental Health Research Network

The Nurture Network: Promoting Young People’s Mental Health in a Digital World

Emerging Minds: Action for Child Mental Health

Improving Health and Reducing Health Inequalities for People with Severe Mental Illness: the ‘Closing the Gap’ Network+

Vacancy ~ Research Fellow @BTHFT Quality & Safety Research @yqsrdotorg @Laurainbradford #CLAHRCs

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and highly motivated individual to take on the role of Research Fellow within a theme of work entitled ‘Evidence Based Transformation with the NHS’. This research theme is part of the current Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH), funded by the NIHR.  The Evidence Based Transformation theme involves academics and clinicians from a range of academic disciplines (psychology, health economics, design) from the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield, and all of the 44 healthcare organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The successful applicant will work at the Bradford Institute for Health Research within the Quality and Safety Research unit, a multi-disciplinary research team, who specialise in applied health research, focusing on organisational and team learning for patient safety, behaviour change and patient involvement in safety.

The CLAHRCs have recently been awarded a further nine months’ funding by NIHR (January to September 2019) to support the conclusion of all their themes of work, the dissemination of findings locally, nationally and internationally and the development of proposals to attract further funding.

The Research Fellow will join the Evidence Based Transformation theme during this exciting, pivotal phase to help the team demonstrate the impact this research has had on the region and beyond. The successful applicant will work alongside the Programme Manager and other senior researchers to undertake analysis of collected data, contribute to the writing of publications and funding applications for new research, and support research dissemination events (e.g. workshops, conferences).

The successful applicant will be educated to post-graduate level e.g. PhD (or due to submit before January 2019) or have equivalent experience/qualification in a health or social science research area, with experience in health-related research and undertaking qualitative and quantitative research.

If you would like to know more about this role or the work of the YQSR group, please contact:  Ruth Simms-Ellis (Programme Manager) or Laura Sheard (Senior Research Fellow). On or

We can offer staff gymnasiums on both hospital sites, final salary pension scheme including life assurance cover and advice on childcare.

Closing Date: 26.09.18  (This date may change dependent on the response)

Apply on-line and NHS jobs<> 389-A-18-25294 – Research Fellow

Equal North: the welfare system and mental health @PHE_uk #DueNorth2017 @fuse_online @LiLaCHEquity

Equal North: the welfare system and mental health
4th October 2018 10.00 -15.45.
King’s House Conference Centre, Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB

This Equal North workshop will bring together policy-makers, practitioners and researchers to explore the relationship between mental health and the welfare system. The workshop will focus on how the welfare system can 1) help promote the employment and social inclusion of people with mental health problems, and 2) promote good mental health. The event also aims to establish how we can build better evidence to support local action for promoting mental health and the employment of people with mental health problems, and to identify future research priorities on mental health and welfare.

The Equal North Network was set up by Public Health England to take forward the recommendations of the Due North report, which included tackling poverty and economic inequality within the North and between the North and the rest of England.

10.00-10.15: Registration and tea/coffee.
Chair: Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead, WH Duncan Professor of Public Health, University of Liverpool.
10.15-10.30: Introduction and overview.
10.30-11.05: A Public Mental Health approach to reducing health inequalities.
Gregor Henderson, National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England.
11.05-11.40: Protecting the mental health and wellbeing of unemployed people: Active Labour Market Programmes and JOBS II
Adam Coutts, Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
11.40-12.15: Working Well programmes in Greater Manchester: supporting mental and physical health to aid return to work.
Jayne Garner, Head of Delivery, Working Well Work and Health Programme, Ingeus.
12.15-13.00: Lunch.

13.00-13.35: Comorbidity and the implications for welfare services: evidence from the
international research project Tackling Health Inequalities and Extending Working Lives.
Ben Barr, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Public Health, University of Liverpool.
13.35-14.10. The role of Citizen’s Advice in reducing stress and improving mental wellbeing:
findings from a realist evaluation.
Monique Lhussier, Associate Professor in Public Health & Wellbeing, Northumbria University.
14.10: Group Discussions
Group 1: How can the welfare system promote the employment of people with mental
health problems?
Group 2: How can the welfare system promote good mental health?
Group 3: What are the implications of comorbidity for welfare services?
15.10-15.45: Reflections

Register here:

How do we help people living with mental health conditions live longer, healthier lives? @The_MRC Prof @SimonGilbody @UniOfYork ‘Closing the gap’ network #MentalHealthNetworks

How do we help people living with mental health conditions live longer, healthier lives?

Psychiatrist and Population Scientist Professor Simon Gilbody of the University of York, has just been awarded £1 million to build his new “Closing the gap network”. With 20 years’ experience in healthcare, Simon has seen how lives can be transformed if the same emphasis is placed on both physical and mental health. Starting this year, the special network of experts from the sciences to the arts will try to understand and tackle the root causes of why the health and life expectancy of people with severe mental ill health is so poor.

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What is the ‘mortality gap’ and what are we doing to tackle it?

People who use mental health services experience the poorest physical health and most profound health inequalities of any section of the UK population.

Diabetes, heart disease and chronic respiratory illness, are two to three times more common in this group of people than for people with good mental health. Life expectancy is reduced by 20 to 25 years, and a person developing schizophrenia in their 20s can only expect, on average, to live into their 50s.

This is known as ‘the mortality gap’. Researchers have spent the past 10 years trying to understand it and intervene to reduce it.

Today our ambitious ‘Closing the Gap’ Network, supported by UK Research and Innovation, aims to address physical health inequality for people with the most severe forms of mental illness, through imaginative thinking and collaboration across research disciplines and sectors.

Closing the gap

Ten years ago, experts researching the mortality gap did so alone, investigating the problem from a narrow viewpoint within their own speciality. NHS healthcare was the same, with people being treated for their mental and physical health separately, often with physical symptoms being misdiagnosed or ignored as a feature of an underlying mental health problem.

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We now understand that paying attention to both mental and physical health, as well as life circumstances, can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life and even life expectancy.

But frustrating misconceptions still persist. Our network will work hard to dismantle them. For example, while suicide is one of the causes of premature death among people with mental health problems, it’s far from the leading cause. In reality, the big killers are heart disease, respiratory illness, diabetes and cancer – the same as the wider population, only at elevated levels. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, inactivity and poor diet are often more common and inadequately addressed. The impact of social and economic factors such as poor housing, social isolation, chronic poverty and limited access to greenspace is not as well understood as it should be.

Thinking big

Over the next four years, our project team, led by the University of York alongside the University of Keele, will include experts from population health, primary care, health services research, health economics, digital health, environmental science and the creative arts.

Our research will span five themes; effective interventions, technology and data, lifestyle and behaviour, social inequalities and empowerment. We’ve prioritised areas which are under-researched but have potential for new ideas. Examples include analysing ‘big data’ to understand how people move between primary, community, A&E and hospital care, how digital technologies could empower people to help manage their own health, and how interaction with the natural environment and outdoor activity could support both mental wellbeing and physical health.

Partnering with people and charities

Involving people who have experienced severe mental ill health is crucial so we are pleased to be partnering with the Mental Health Foundation. The Equality Trust will help us understand these complex issues through the lens of social, economic and political science. And the York Health and Wellbeing Cohort, 6,000 people with severe mental ill health who have expressed an ongoing interest in our research, will provide vital insights into health and lifestyle.

We hope our network will be a focus for world-leading research to reduce the mortality gap for many years to come. I’m excited to see what we can achieve together.

Seminar ~ Learning from Never Events – a Resilient Healthcare analysis @CARE_KCL ‏@YQSRDOTORG @BTHFT @UNIOFBRADFORD @DrGillianJanes

Learning from Never Events – a Resilient Healthcare analysis

Dr Janet Anderson, Reader of Healthcare Improvement, King’s College London.

When/where: Thursday 18th October 2018, 12.30-1.30pm in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre, Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Abstract: Never Events are patient safety incidents that can cause harm or death and are so named because policy makers argue there is enough evidence available about how to prevent them, so they should never occur. Never events include wrong site surgery, wrong route drug administration, retained foreign objects and wrong implants. Between April-November 2017 332 Never Events occurred in hospitals in England, indicating that solutions to prevent them are not working. Although Resilient Healthcare is often described as a paradigm shift in safety management it is not clear how it can contribute to the investigation of adverse incidents. Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is currently used for the investigation of Never Events, but recent studies have found the recommendations to be of low quality. There is little incentive, time or resources for healthcare organisations to consider other approaches and little work has been done on how to use Resilient Healthcare insights to augment Safety I practices such as Root Cause Analysis. In this presentation the results of an analysis of 39 Never Events that occurred at one hospital over a two-year period will be discussed. The focus will be on the new insights and perspectives that Resilient Healthcare can offer to improve learning from Never Events. Recommendations for strengthening RCA and learning from Never Events will be discussed.

To book a place, register at:


Seminars will be followed by food, drinks, and an opportunity for further discussion.  


Seminar ~ Prizing openness or prising open the NHS? Stakeholder views on the impact of post-Francis policy interventions @YQSRDOTORG @BTHFT @UNIOFBRADFORD @THIS_Institute @Graham_P_Martin

Prizing openness or prising open the NHS? Stakeholder views on the impact of post-Francis policy interventions

Professor Graham Martin, The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute), University of Cambridge

When/where: Thursday 20th September 2018, 12.30-1.30pm in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Abstract: Inquiries, academic work and expert group reports on problems in the quality of care in the NHS and other healthcare systems have identified shortcomings in ‘openness’—that is, the extent to which organisations enable concerns to be raised and disclosed freely without fear—as critical to the incubation of failings in quality and safety. In response, the NHS in England has developed policy initiatives that seek to improve openness, including a statutory duty of candour when care processes give rise to harm, the introduction of ‘Freedom to Speak Up Guardians’ to facilitate staff voice about concerns, and changes to various processes, including the way serious incidents are investigated. The evidence base for many of these changes, however, is uncertain, and their impact on the quality of care unevaluated.

This paper discusses emergent findings from an ongoing evaluation of various openness initiatives in the NHS, focusing in particular on an interview-based sub-study of senior stakeholder views on the implementation and impact of these initiatives. It highlights some of the challenges involved in achieving greater openness given past experiences and deep-rooted beliefs about the (at best ambivalent, and often negative) consequences of being open, the difficulties involved in diagnosing opacity and fostering openness, and the approaches taken by senior clinicians and managers to translating policy into practice. It relates findings to current policy and wider evidence and theory on interventions to facilitate employee voice and achieve culture change.

To book a place, register at:

Seminars will be followed by refreshments, and an opportunity for further discussion.  


3-5th September 2019 The @RCNResearchSoc international research conference will be in #Sheffield #research2019 @LordWillisG @tonyryan_UoS @ShefSNM @SheffieldHosp @wolstenholme_d

The Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference is in……..

Sheffield, 3-5th September 2019

The RCN International Nursing Research Conference is the annual scientific meeting of the nursing profession held the UK. It is the event where nurses and others from around the world come together to present and debate leading edge research in nursing and discuss the implications of new nursing knowledge for health and social care policy and nursing practice.

It is THE place where nurses interested in research development and research career opportunities come to network and hear from opinion formers and leading researchers about contemporary developments in nursing research. It’s where early career researchers, nurses working in clinical research teams and nurses leading service innovation and improvement exchange ideas with colleagues and add to their professional development by learning about cutting edge developments in research methodology and the latest research findings.
This leading international nursing research conference is open to RCN members and non-members and is designed to support nurses, as well as allied healthcare professionals working in academic, clinical and professional settings in the UK and around the world. The annual conference attracts up to 400 delegates and will bring opportunities for nurses in our region to hear about and share leading research with colleagues from across the world.

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The bid was led by Sheffield Conference Ambassadors Irene Mabbott and Daniel Wolstenholme of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with support from Marketing Sheffield and the Sheffield Hallam Events Management Team.


The conference will be hosted at Sheffield Hallam University with contributions from the University of Sheffield, School of Nursing and Midwifery and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT.

“We are delighted that Sheffield will be hosting this prestigious RCN conference in 2019. This is not only a great example of a ‘Team Sheffield’ bid but is once again a clear example of the passion and dedication of our conference ambassadors. It’s easy to forget how important events like these are to cities and Sheffield is fortunate to have an amazing network of professionals like Irene and Dan who are determined to showcase their city and expertise to peers in the industry- we are looking forward to working with the delivery team and making sure every delegate has a fantastic trip to Sheffield.” Marketing Sheffield

“This is fantastic news, and a huge boost to the Sheffield City partners region. The RCN International Research Conference is a leading healthcare event, and we are extremely proud of the team for putting together a successful bid. The conference will give us an excellent opportunity to showcase our work, our organisation and our city to healthcare professionals and academics throughout the world.”
Professor Dame Hilary Chapman, Chief Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“As a nurse, academic and alumni of Sheffield Hallam university I am proud that we will host the RCN international research conference in 2019. The RCN research conference has always been central in promoting the importance of nurse research in advancing practice, policy and education. In hosting the conference with our local partners, we proudly contribute to the continuation of that legacy “
Professor Laura Serrant, Professor of Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University