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Research

Our research has particularly supported the development of service innovation identified in the National Service Framework, such as Home Treatment and Assertive Outreach services.

We continue to support these and more recent initiatives. Our research projects include:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Communities Project
  • Irish Community Mental Health in Birmingham
  • 'WAP' - Community based mental health nursing innovation in practice and training
  • Community Mental Health Nurse Education
  • Mental Health Nursing and Practice Education
  • Community Mental Health Service Evaluation
  • World Health Organisation Service Development Programme
  • Personal Experience of Mental Health
  • Mapping of MH training/ services in West Midlands for people diagnosed with Personality Disorder
  • Ex-In: Experienced Involvement

Black and minority ethnic communities project

Funder: Department of Health, UK
Dates:
September 2004 - February 2007
Principal Investigator:
Professor Fatemeh Rabiee-Khan (Professor Paula McGee)
Project worker:
Paula Smith

An evaluation of the statutory and voluntary mental health service provision in Birmingham for members of the Black African and Black African-Caribbean communities. The research aims to identify strengths and gaps in local services, as well as provide an analysis of funding. It will draw upon experiences of current services among service users, as well as the views of both service providers and commissioners. The study has a multi-agency steering group from the local community, and service users are actively involved as part of the project team.

Find out more about this project at our Publications page.

Irish mental health in Birmingham: what is appropriate and culturally competent primary care?

Funder: Birmingham Health Authority, UK and Birmingham Irish Community Forum
Dates: January 2005 - July 2008
Project Director and worker: Professor Paula McGee

The aim of this study was to identify the extent of service provision for Irish users of mental health services in Birmingham.
The 2001 Census statistics show that Irish people seem to have worse health than other communities in Britain. Recent changes in health policy mean that the Irish have, for the first time, been identified as a separate minority ethnic group.

This means that mental health service providers must begin to develop a clear picture of their needs. Unfortunately there is little baseline information from which to begin and so the project will be important as the first attempt to build a picture of what is needed in Birmingham.

The study used a mixture of quantitative and qualitative approaches.

  • Quantitative
  • Mapping statutory and voluntary services available and the extent to which they attempt to meet the needs of Irish people
  • Comparing these services with provision in a city in the Irish Republic.
  • Qualitative
  • Accessing the experiences of Irish service users in Birmingham
  • Comparing their experiences with a similar cohort in a city in the Irish Republic.

For more information about this project and other CCMH projects, see Publications.

'WAP' – Community-based mental health nursing innovation in practice and training

This three-year project, funded by EU Leonardo, was created to support the development of Community Mental Health Nurse training across member states.

The main project partners included England (Birmingham), Germany (Bremen) and Italy (Trieste), each with different experiences in developing non-institutional approaches in mental health. During the three years, the project team members also collaborated with colleagues in Finland, Ireland, Netherlands and Norway.

The project generated comparative data about nursing and service structures across partner countries, as well as how differences in funding and socio-political agendas have influenced the emergence and development of community mental health services.

Research included surveys of nurse and service user views about nursing and community based practice and training, and what are the priorities in each country for nurses preparing to work in a community setting.

The various items of data were used to develop and pilot a post-qualifying training programme for nurses. Service user involvement was a particularly productive component of the programme and led to a significant contribution in the development and delivery of modules, with the development of indicators for good practice.

The project raised interesting issues for developing a common post-qualifying programme, and the contribution it makes towards a better understanding of what mental health nursing is:

  • Understanding similarities and differences between roles and practices of community mental health nurses from a European-wide perspective.
  • A rationale for themes and content for a common European nurses’ training programme.
  • Analysis of the developing role of community mental health nursing from a European perspective.

Community mental health nurse education

Funder: European Union, Leonardo Project
Dates: May 2002 - November 2004
Project Director/Worker: Mervyn Morris

This research project supported the development of community mental health services in Germany (Bremen), in collaboration with Trieste. The project included a review of statutory requirements across the EU, and development and provision of training for German nurses.

Mental health nursing and practice education

Funder: Various contributors
Dates: May 2002 - July 2004
Project Director and worker: Mervyn Morris

This project was set up to specifically support training events, funding including consultancy.

Community mental health service evaluation

Funder: Care Services Improvement Partnership (formerly NIMH (E), UK); a Health Trust funded appointment
Dates:
2007 - 2010
Project Director: Professor Marcellino Smyth

This project has evolved since the original funding was received from NIMH (E), and is now focused upon supporting service user led service initiatives, specifically to support evaluation and dissemination of projects. Visiting Professor Dr Marcellino Smyth is continuing to develop this project.

World Health Organization service development programme

Funder: World Health Organization
Dates: April 2001 - ongoing
Project Director: Mervyn Morris
Project Worker: Consultancy

The World Health Organization has recognised Birmingham as an exemplar model of community based mental health services, and CCMH has supported WHO programmes in developing countries, previously in Eastern Europe (Kosovo and Albania), and more recently in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Further country development work is currently being discussed, subject to funding support. CCMH remains involved with the WHO Developing Countries Programme, though is not currently active in the field (the Tsunami programme in Sri Lanka completed in June 2006). The Centre is an invited member of the recently formed WHO Global Forum for Community Mental health, and is currently negotiating use of remaining funds for 2008/2009.

Personal experience in mental health

Funder: various contributors
Dates: April 2001 - July 2005
Project Director and worker: Mervyn Morris

A wide range of activities were undertaken in relationship to research on voice hearing and alternative approaches to mental health problems, including consultancy, seminars, conferences and workshops. A further research proposal into experiences of psychosis is currently being developed.

Mapping of MH training/services in the West Midlands for people diagnosed with personality disorder

Funder: NIMHE West Midlands
Dates: July 2004 - January 2005
Project Director: Mervyn Morris
Project Worker: Donna Smart

This short-term project supported regional development of training for staff working with people with PD diagnosis as part of National Personality Disorder Development Programme.

Ex-in: experienced involvement

Funder: EU Leonardo
Dates: October 2005 -October 2007
Project Director/Worker: Mervyn Morris and Alan Rowland of Shared Perspectives (Birmingham)

This project was a collaboration between a local service user organisation and EU partners from Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Slovenia.

The project focused on the experiences and knowledge of people with lived experience in mental health distress. The project developed a specific curriculum, different core modules and learning materials as well as a description of teaching and learning strategies and methods.

The involvement of qualified, experienced people improved knowledge about mental health, improving training for mental health professionals and their skills and ultimately improving the delivery of services to be able to meet their users’ needs and contributing to their recovery as well as creating new possibilities of employment for people with lived experiences.