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Research and Resources

  • Icon of Trainers Audit Trainers Audit (66.8 KiB)
    The following report documents the results of an audit that was conducted in 2001 to explore the experiences of 42 Meriden trainers. The areas examined included motivations, frustrations, support and the benefits of trying to implement family work and sustain the momentum in their own services. They outline what helped them to remain involved in this type of work.
  • Icon of IMPACT - six mechanisms behind carer wellbeing effects IMPACT - six mechanisms behind carer wellbeing effects (950.8 KiB)
    Health care services for patients may improve or harm the wellbeing of their family carers. This paper presents the first empirical study to determine the mechanisms by which health and care services affect family carers well being focusing on 3 major health conditions - dementia, stroke and mental health.
  • Icon of Assessments for Families Assessments for Families (452.4 KiB)
    Introduction to the Table of Assessments for Families

    In our work with families and service users we know that it is important to make sure that we are doing the best we can with the resources available to us and evaluation is an essential part of this. At Meriden we are often asked about which assessment tools to use. The answer often depends on the context in which the assessment is to be used, as different tools provide information on different aspects of families’ experiences. We do not, consequently, endorse or recommend any particular tool but are always happy to discuss the options available.

    Our colleague, Eleanor Baggott, who works for the Early Intervention service in Forward Thinking Birmingham, has produced a very useful table of assessments. The table has been constructed from the perspective of First Episode Psychosis but provides a useful overview of the tools available. As Eleanor says in her introduction to the table, a number of tools use language which we and many of our carer and service user colleagues find problematic, such as “burden” or “expressed emotion”. Like Eleanor, we do not endorse the use of these terms but accept that they remain part of the language of the assessments which help services ensure that they are doing the best they can for families.
  • Icon of Carer Surveys Carer Surveys (60.4 KiB)
    The table chronologically documents various surveys that have been or are currently being conducted with regard to carers’ experiences. For more information about each survey, please click on the links provided.
  • Icon of Irish mental health in Birmingham: what is appropriate & culturally-competent primary care? Irish mental health in Birmingham: what is appropriate & culturally-competent primary care? (868.2 KiB)
    A research project undertaken by Birmingham City University (BCU) Centre for Community Mental Health. Members of the Meriden Programme contributed to the Project Team.
  • Icon of Accredited Training in Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis: A National Survey Accredited Training in Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis: A National Survey (194.8 KiB)
    The NIMHE National PSI Implementation Workgroup conducted a survey of university accredited PSI education/training in January 2006. The findings of the survey are outlined in the report. Implications for the dissemination of PSI are considered and a series of recommendations presented.
  • Icon of Training in Psychosocial Interventions within Early Intervention Teams: A National Survey Training in Psychosocial Interventions within Early Intervention Teams: A National Survey (551.0 KiB)
    Early intervention is currently the top government mental health priority. Furthermore the provision of psychosocial interventions is one of the defining qualities of a modern EI service. This makes this review of training for PSI timely and its messages particularly important for those involved in developing the mental health workforce.
  • Icon of Measured Success Measured Success (344.6 KiB)
    A NIMHE scoping review of evaluated psychosocial interventions training for work with people with serious mental health problems.
  • Icon of Scoping Exercise To Inform The Development Of A National Mental Health Carer Support Curriculum Scoping Exercise To Inform The Development Of A National Mental Health Carer Support Curriculum (712.9 KiB)
    This report outlines the results of a scoping exercise funded by the Department of Health to inform the development of a national curriculum and training modules for mental health professionals to improve the support provided to mental health carers.
  • Icon of Economic Modelling and Early Intervention in Psychosis in England Economic Modelling and Early Intervention in Psychosis in England (501.6 KiB)
    The Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) were delighted to welcome over 30 delegates to this, its second Early Intervention Service (EIS)
    research-policy-practice national seminar in December 2007. This report documents and discusses developments in important research into the cost impact of Early Intervention Services.