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Develop and test the feasibility of an intervention to improve the care of patients with mental health problems in acute care settings

Supervisors

1st supervisor: Prof Alan Simpson

2nd supervisor: Dr Lisa Reynolds

Research Centre

Mental Health Research

Project description

Barts NHS Health Trust commissioned the Centre for Mental Health Research to undertake a scoping exercise to inform future interventions designed to improve the care of patients with mental health problems in acute care settings.

The challenges of providing medical and nursing care in acute medical settings have changed as the patient population includes more people presenting with complex needs including mental health problems and, at times, challenging behaviour. Yet, in many ways, the challenges reflect those identified by Felicity Stockwell in her seminal work on ‘The Unpopular Patient’ (1972).

The aim of the scoping exercise is to explore with service managers, clinical staff and patients the nature and complexity of the challenges being faced; to analyse and describe in detail the issues that require intervention and, at the end of the study, propose interventions/initiatives aimed at improving patient care and staff wellbeing.

The scoping study final report and recommendations for interventions will be published in February 2019. Initial themes identified suggest a focus on staff attitudes, staff support and wellbeing, and, on an organisational level, incorporating mental health nurses within nursing teams.

Guided by the Medical Research Council (MRC) recommendations for developing complex interventions, the aim of this PhD Scholarship is to build on the results of the scoping exercise, systematically review the relevant literature, and create and test the feasibility of a theoretical- and evidence-based intervention, to improve the care of patients with mental health problems in acute care settings.

If you would like to have an informal discussion please contact A.Simpson@city.ac.uk.