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New institute promotes excellence in mental health

27 May 2014

A new partnership has been launched between West London Mental Health NHS Trust and the Buckinghamshire New University that seeks to promote excellence in mental health clinical practice.

The collaboration, called the Institute of Mental Health, seeks to strengthen the link between clinical research and everyday clinical practice.

Professor Colin Martin and his colleague Dr Craig Ritchie, the trust’s research and development director, proposed the development of the institute, which was then established.

Professor Martin said: “We need to understand better how to translate important research findings and the best clinical evidence to everyday clinical practice quickly and consistently in order to provide the best possible care to service users. Working in partnership with our colleagues in research and development, clinical and academic colleagues, service users and carers represents a defining feature of our approach.”

The institute will also support effective workforce and team design and practice development for clinical professionals. Central to this will be the integration of the needs of healthcare professionals and service users into educational curriculum design and redesign to ensure quality and consistency.

Professor Martin added: “We have established a series of monthly seminars, given by healthcare researchers and experts by experience. These have focused on findings and best practice relating to psycho-education in forensic settings, alcohol use and abuse, perinatal mental health, service user engagement and co-production, neurocognitive assessment, restorative justice and physical health care in mental health settings.

“We fully intend to build on our work to ensure mental health service users and carers are at the heart of everything we do and have access to the best services possible that meet their needs.

For more information, contact Simon Morgan, external communications manager: 020 8354 8325 / simon.morgan@wlmht.nhs.uk.

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