19 July 2012
A study by Canterbury Christ Church University assessing the effect inclusive care plans have on the quality of life for in-patients in secure mental health settings has won a national award.
The three year pilot project, led by Dr Doug MacInnes at the University’s Centre for Health and Social Care Research, has been awarded the 2012 Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) prize for the portfolio study with best service user involvement.
A portfolio study is one that is defined as being a high-quality clinical research study and funded by either the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), or another well regarded funding stream, which has undergone a high quality peer review.
The three year project, Comquol, is in collaboration with partners Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Institute of Psychiatry and Queen Mary, University of London. It is piloting a new collaborative approach for clinicians and service users to use when developing care and treatment options for patients in forensic mental health settings.
Dr MacInnes said: “We are delighted that our project has been recognised with this prestigious, national award.
“It is one of the first such studies to specifically look into practice that has the potential to positively affect patient benefit in a forensic mental health setting.
“We already know that if service users with mental health issues in a community setting are involved in their care decisions, they become engaged with their support which has a positive impact on their health. However, current research shows that forensic mental health services have largely ignored examining users’ views on the nature of the services offered to them.
“We hope to establish a structured programme, using a collaborative approach that can be used within a secure mental health setting and will allow the views and opinions of the service users to become an integral part of their treatment. Hopefully this will ensure that they become engaged with their care, benefit the service users and lessen the possibility of more extensive problems.
"The Comquol study has had superb service user involvement throughout. The voice of forensic service users is all too often not heard nearly enough. The NIHR MHRN congratulates the Comquol study team and all the service users that are involved in the study for their excellent work."
Dr Thomas Kabir, MHRN Service Users in Research Coordinator for the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, said: "The Comquol study has had superb service user involvement throughout. The voice of forensic service users is all too often not heard nearly enough. The NIHR MHRN congratulates the Comquol study team and all the service users that are involved in the study for their excellent work"
The funding for the Comquol project was awarded by the NIHR for their Research for the Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.
The award was presented at the MHRN annual scientific meeting in Birmingham.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.