Director lead: Professor Richard Morriss
The regional centre of the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) provides support for large-scale, high-quality research into mental health and social care in the NHS. The East Midlands regional centre 'or Hub' is one of eight regional offices for the Network across the country.
The MHRN is part of England's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with a mission to help make research about mental health happen within the NHS in England. The aim is to promote research so that we can improve treatments and services for people with mental health problems.
The team's staff of experienced researchers, managers and mental health professionals work in local universities and NHS organisations around the region. The main East Midlands office is within the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham, with a South Yorkshire base in Sheffield and further offices in Lincoln and Derby.
The Hub works with everyone who needs to be involved in research projects – researchers, mental health professionals, people with experience of mental health problems, their families, and research and development staff based in NHS Trusts.
They work on studies that are based within mental health services, within social care services and within primary care services. The MHRN supports both publicly-funded research studies and projects that are sponsored by industry. All the research projects aim to improve treatment and care or to find out more about different mental health problems.
The East Midlands plus South Yorkshire Hub is a partnership between the universities of Lincoln and Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the South Yorkshire Comprehensive Local Research Network.
The Hub can:
February 2014 regional centre newsletter
November 2013 regional centre newsletter
October 2013 NIHR Clinical Network Newsletter 1.89 MB
August 2013 regional centre newsletter1.93 MB
May 2013 regional centre newsletter1.71 MB
November 2012 regional centre newsletter [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 1.34 MB]
New FAST-R service for research teams [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 50.92 KB]
In December 2012 the regional centre of the MHRN released a series of 'snapshot' information sheets, summarising insights gained from MHRN-supported research:
Improving access to psychological therapies [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 142.17 KB]
Sleeping problems and insomnia [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 131.34 KB]
Exercise for women living with depression [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 288.4 KB]
Administration and bureaucracy-busting
The MHRN can:
MRC/MHRN Cohort Dataset Directory
The MHRN, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council, has developed a comprehensive, up-to-date, searchable, web-based database of population studies relevant to mental health research as a resource for mental health researchers.
The Network organises a training programme to support mental health research. The training is free of charge to people working or associated with studies in the MHRN portfolio, including members of study teams, carers and service user representatives, and MHRN staff. In addition, there are courses about methodological infrastructure run by the Network’s Methodology Research Group, an interdisciplinary team of methodologists experienced in statistics, economics and psychometry, as well as the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials and studies involving complex interventions.
Working with commercial companies
The MHRN can facilitate commercially-funded studies, or trials sponsored by pharmaceutical, biotech and device companies, and tailor its support to meet their needs.
Service Users in Research
Service Users in Research helps service users to take part in MHRN research, and also helps the MHRN Hubs involve service users in their work. Service Users in Research develops good practice guidelines and policies about the best way to involve service users in research, and promotes awareness throughout the MHRN of the value of including service users in all stages of a research study.
FACTOR (Families/Friends and Carers Together in Research)
FACTOR involves carers in research and makes information about research available to carers. Through FACTOR and its network, carers can contribute to the MHRN Clinical Research Groups (see below) and join teams of researchers working on studies that are already running. FACTOR also organises events so that carers can hear about and discuss current research.
Clinical Research Groups and Scoping Groups
These two sets of topic-specific groups are charged with developing new research within the MHRN. The Clinical Research Groups bring together carers, academics, clinicians, researchers and service users to identify suitable topics for research and produce specific proposals that can be turned into funded studies to run on the MHRN.
The Scoping Groups are responsible for investigating gaps and opportunities in research in Department of Health named priority areas. These groups have produced reports about children’s mental health, families and carers of people with mental illness, older age, and social care.
To find out more, visit the MHRN website