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Legacy-funded PhD studentship opportunities

The School of Medicine is inviting applications for five 3-year PhD positions, funded by the John Mortimer Shipstone Ratcliffe Medical Scholarships and the Joan Brown Legacy, which will start on 1 October 2017.

Closing date is 22nd May 2017.

Please follow this link for further information and how to apply: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduateresearch/legacy-funded-phd-studentships.aspx 

Nottingham People’s Choir

The aim of the choir is to promote health and well-being through the joy of singing. Singers welcome but ability to sing is not required!

The choir is fun, helping people to build confidence and find friendship. The choir welcomes adults aged 16 and onwards, particularly older and disabled people and people from diverse backgrounds. It meets every Thursday, 1-2pm, during school term-time. 

The Choir was set up in April 2013 and has gone from strength to strength. It is funded by the Institute of Mental Health and rehearsal space is provided free by the Royal Concert Hall.

For further information, contact the choir co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07896 298590.

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Funding for new ADHD test

The NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East Midlands with support from the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) have helped fund a test to assess Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The QbTest is a commercially available computer test that measures ADHD symptoms through the combination of a cognitive test designed to measure attention and impulse control, and a motion tracking system to measure hyperactivity.

For more information see the NIHR website.

New tool developed to help assess carers' quality of life

Dr Deborah de Oliveira, a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, has published a unique scale to measure the subjective quality of life of older family carers of people living with dementia.

The scale is called the Dementia Quality of Life Scale for Older Family Carers (DQoL-OC©). The DQoL-OC© has 22 items, is an age and dementia-specific, multi-dimensional and psychometrically sound tool to measure the impact of caregiving on a wide range of life aspects.

The tool can be used by researchers and health professionals to understand the impact of caregiving on the older family carers’ quality of life.

The DQoL-OC© has been published in the Journal of Aging and Mental Health. For more information, please access the DQoL-OC© webpage or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Experience what it is really like to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

The Institute of Mental Health will bring together researchers, clinicians and people with lived experience of ADHD to help promote better understanding of the condition at its annual engagement conference on Friday 3 February at the IMH, partnership between the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust.

CANDAL, the Institute’s Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the lifespan, will be showcasing an ‘in my shoes experience’ developed by Shire and supported by CANDAL members Professor David Daley and Blandine French.

Professor David Daley, who has been leading the research, explains, “Promoting public understanding about neurodevelopmental disorders is one CANDAL’s key aims. ‘In my shoes’ is a live action virtual reality experience that allows individuals to enter the world of three different people with ADHD and experience how it feels to have that condition.”

This innovative experience helps people fully understand what it is like to have ADHD so that they can see the individual behind the disorder.

Publications Awards 2016

The Institute of Mental Health are now accepting entries for our Publications Awards, looking to highlight the best publications that have been produced during 2016.

There are four categories to enter:

1) Best overall publication
2) Best publication when the author has no more than six previous publications
3) Best publication flowing from work during doctoral studies or as part of a doctoral dissertation
4) Best publication by an employee of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust who does not have a substantive contract with a university

Each award carries a prize value of £100 to be given as a voucher. Nominations may be by the author or by others (professors are not eligible for prizes).

Submissions to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 March 2017 by completing the pro forma document (below). Further information can be found in the poster and rules of entering.


Pro forma document


Research into the needs of long-stay patients comes to end end

The needs of long-stay patients in high and medium secure hospitals has been the topic of a three-year research study at the Institute of Mental Health, which came to an end earlier this year resulting in some interesting findings.

What are forensic psychiatric services?

Hospital care for those with mental health issues and offending behaviour. They are provided in different levels of security: high, medium and low and typically patients move from high to lower levels of security. The average length of stay in high secure care alone is 8 years. There is no agreed length of stay but ‘long-stay’ is defined as more than 10 years in high secure or 5 years in medium secure care (or 15 years in a combination of both).

Why was this research needed?

  • Secure services are expensive costing over £275,000 per patient each year for high secure and approximately £175,000 for medium secure care
  • These services are highly restrictive to patients and limit their quality of life
  • There have been concerns that some patients stay there for too long

Key findings

  • About 20% of all forensic patients are ‘long-stayers’.
  • There are currently about 730 forensic long-stay patients in England. Reducing their length of stay by one year each could save the NHS nearly 150 million pounds.
  • One fifth of long-stay patients have been in high/medium secure care for more than 20 years.
  • Long-stay patients have complex pathways, often moving around rather than forward.
  • These patients have disturbed backgrounds, with previous admissions, self-harm and offending.
  • They are ‘stuck in the system’ – treatment provided may not reach them and some may be there because there is nowhere else for them to go to.
  • Some patients want to move on but some have ‘given up’ and want to stay where they are.
  • There is a lack of understanding on how the system works and frustration experienced by patients’ relatives.
  • Psychiatrists are reluctant to accept the reality of long-stay and have medical model of ‘cure’ that does not work with this group.
  • Other countries have successfully developed specific long-stay services.

To find out more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Largest ever investment in mental health research announced

Nottingham has been awarded £23.6 million from the Government to enable clinical researchers to keep pushing for medical breakthroughs, as part of a record package of funding announced this week, by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. This is part of the £816m funding that has gone to NHS and University partnerships across England through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop NIHR Biomedical Research Centres .

The new Centre in Nottingham will drive innovation and internationally competitive translational research in therapeutic areas which are highly relevant to the health of our patients and public: gastrointestinal and liver disease, hearing loss and tinnitus, respiratory and musculoskeletal disease as well as mental health and technology, which will be hosted by the Institute and lead by Professor Chris Hollis, Director, NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative.

The Institute has a large portfoilio of active research programmes in areas such as developing new techonology for mental health, dementia, ADHD, mood disorders, recovery, social and culteral interventions, translational neuroimaging and mental health in the criminal justice system.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said: "The UK has so often led the world in health research - from the invention of the smallpox vaccine to the discovery of penicillin and the development of DNA sequencing. Today, we are making sure the UK stays ahead of the game by laying the foundations for a new age of personalised medicine.

"We are supporting the great minds of the NHS to push the frontiers of medical science so that patients in this country continue to benefit from the very latest treatments and the highest standards of care."

For more information, visit the Department of Health website here.

NIHR MindTech HTC Symposium, 8 December 2016 - Save the date!


MindTech – a National Institute for Health Research Healthcare Technology Co-operative (NIHR HTC) – is holding its national symposium on Thursday 8th December 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

MindTech, based at the Institute of Mental Health, is a national research centre that brings together industry, service users, academia and the NHS with the aim of accelerating the development, evaluation and adoption of new digital technologies to make support more accessible, flexible and timely for people with mental health problems.

This event will showcase some of the most exciting and innovative approaches ever developed in mental healthcare. The symposium will provide a unique opportunity for networking and sharing of experience and ideas between NHS clinicians, service users, academics, businesses, research funders and health policy makers.

The full-day event has a packed agenda of discussions and demonstrations of technology and apps that support mental healthcare and tere will be presentations from nationally recognised experts in the field of mental health.

For more information about MindTech and to book your place at the national symposium visit www.mindtech.org.uk.


Peer support for people with anxiety

The Institute of Mental Health has been successful in securing funding from Anxiety UK’s ‘Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund’ to further develop peer support training for people with Anxiety.

This exciting research project started on 1 October and will help to further understand what peer support should look like for people who are unable to attend traditional face to face groups or training because of their anxiety.

Nicky Lidbetter, Chief Executive, Anxiety UK commented: “We are delighted that the Institute has been appointed to deliver this important research project in the first year of the Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund’s existence. We very much look forward to working with the Peer Support Team over the next year and seeing the outcomes make a difference in the future to those living with and affected by anxiety.”

Read more: Peer support for people with anxiety

Institute's Bidding Support Team

The Bidding Support Team at the Institute identifies research funding opportunities and can support you to develop and submit bids. The team has
developed a flow diagram to help investigators with the bidding process which can be viewed below. If you are considering developing and submitting a bid and would like the support of the team, please complete the Intention to Bid form below and a member o fthe team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

Bidding process flow diagram

Intention to Bid form

Living Well with Dementia

The 'Living Well with Dementia' film is now live and can be viewed here.

With personal insight from patients, carers and professionals, this film looks at living well with early onset dementia and how to get involved in research opportunities.

With thanks to all those involved in making the film, including patients John Turner and Colin Telfer, Professor Tom Dening from the University of Nottingham, and the teams at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Chair in Recovery appointed at the Institute

Mike Slade

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham and The Institute are delighted to announce that Professor Mike Slade has been appointed as Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion. The joint appointment between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Nottingham will consolidate recovery as a leading aspect of mental health services and research activity in Nottingham.

Mike has pioneered research in recovery. He is currently Professor of Health Services Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London, and is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in South London. His research includes recovery and outcome focused mental health services and service user involvement, which has been highly influential. He has also made a key contribution to research on needs assessments and residential alternatives to inpatient services, and developing measures.

He has written over 250 academic articles and nine books and his free booklets include Making Recovery a Reality (2008), 100 Ways to Support Recovery (2013) and REFOCUS: Promoting recovery in community mental health services (2014) and are all downloadable at researchintorecovery.com.

Read more: Chair in Recovery appointed at the Institute

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