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Deborah Caldwell

Deborah Caldwell - University of Bristol

Project Title: How Do We Improve Mental Health Outcomes For Children And Young People From Black Asian And minoritised groups? An Evaluation Of A Community-based Approach.

Brief Summary: A pilot, community-based mental health service for children and young people (CYP) aged 11-17 from black, Asian, and minoritised ethnic backgrounds is being provided in Bristol from March 2022 to March 2024. The pilot service will have a trauma-informed approach and will be jointly implemented by a community youth centre and a third-sector provider of youth wellbeing and mental health support services. Our study is a mixed-method process evaluation of this pilot service. It is hoped that the research will inform the future development and roll out of the service across Bristol. The study will use routinely collected service data, focus groups, and interviews with young people to explore the impact of the pilot service. The study will also interview providers and practitioners to explore their perceptions of the new service. The study acronym is ESTEEM (Enhancing Support To improvE wEllbeing in Minoritised young people​) and was co-produced with the collaborating organisations.

Start / end dates: May 2022 - March 2023


Michelle Farr

Michelle Farr - University of Bristol

Project Title: Changing Futures: Evaluation of trauma-informed interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing of people with multiple disadvantage.

Brief Summary: Changing Futures is a national programme funded by the Department of Levelling up, Housing and Communities, which aims to improve the lives of people who experience multiple disadvantage. Experiencing multiple disadvantage is when a person has experienced at least three of the following: 

  • Homelessness 

  • Substance misuse 

  • Mental health issues 

  • Domestic abuse 

  • Contact with the criminal justice system 

Almost everyone with a history of multiple disadvantage has also experienced trauma. This can have a negative effect on their mental health, their ability to engage with services and whether they feel safe to do so. This project will be evaluating the Changing Futures programme in Bristol, which will work with organisations and people with lived experience to: 

  • Improve the way that local services work, so people can access the support they need more easily 

  • Help staff provide fair, accessible long-term services 

  • Promote equality and diversity, and include people with lived experience in designing services 

This project will evaluate how Changing Futures Bristol uses trauma-informed approaches to more effectively support people who’ve experienced multiple disadvantage, trauma and mental distress. Working collaboratively with practitioners and people with lived experience, it will analyse how to instigate system changes to provide more trauma-informed care through multiple services. 

Start / end dates: January 2022 - March 2024


Eileen Kaner

Eileen Kaner / Amy O'Donnell - University of Newcastle

Project Title: Evaluation of the Recovery Navigator Programme in the North East North Cumbria Integrated Care System: A Mixed Methods Study.

Brief Summary: North-East England suffers disproportionately from alcohol harms; a situation which has only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. People who come to emergency departments on a regular basis with alcohol problems have multiple support needs, often due to their mental ill-health. However, most have to navigate a complex health and social care system alone when trying to access help. This can be harmful for their health and mental wellbeing. These missed opportunities to provide timely support also cause significant costs to the NHS.   

As part of a wider strategic response, a new Recovery Navigator role is being introduced in 6 NHS Trusts across the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (NENC ICS). Recovery Navigators provide holistic support to heavy drinking adults by addressing what matters to the person.  This can include support with housing or benefits, and crucially helping to guide care across hospitals and local communities.    

Our study evaluates the Recovery Navigator programme’s early delivery and aims to establish how the introduction of new roles has contributed to embedding holistic and co-ordinated alcohol care.   

Start / end dates: January 2022 - December 2023

Project members:

  • Eileen Kaner, Associate Director, Fuse (Newcastle), Professor of Public Health and Primary Care Research, Director NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria. (
  • Amy O'Donnell, Professor of Applied Health and Social Care Research | NIHR Advanced Fellow (amy.o’
  • Emma-Joy Holland

Ceu Mateus - University of Lancaster

Project Title: Experiences of and outcomes for Blackpool adults with enrolled in the ADDER programme who are treated with buprenorphine prolonged-release injection (Buvidal) opioid substitution therapy.

Sarah Sowden

Sarah Sowden - University of Newcastle

Project Title: Mental health IN the Deep EnD (MINDED) pilot evaluation: embedding a clinical psychologist in primary care to improve mental health care for patients living in the most socioeconomically disadvantaged communities within the North East & North Cumbria.

Brief Summary: 

Mental ill-health concerns feature in a third of GP appointments and research suggests many GPs’ high workloads prevent them from providing good-quality mental health care. This issue is even more pronounced in areas of socioeconomic deprivation, which are referred to as GP practices in the ‘Deep End’.  

The ‘MINDED’ pilot intervention, Mental health IN the Deep EnD, is evaluating the feasibility and acceptability, for patients, GPs and primary care staff, of embedding a psychology team into general practice.  The pilot is taking place in 4 general practices in the NENC region, offering patients a 30-minute consultation with a member of the GP-based psychology team.  

The study is the first rigorous evaluation of its kind and will provide discrete case studies of the intervention in each GP practice. 

Start / end dates: February 2022 - June 2024



Martin Webber - University of York

Project Title: Supported Volunteering at the Ripon Museum Trust