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The NIHR Schools for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Public Health Research (SPHR) and Social Care Research (SSCR) (“three Schools”) have joined together in a unique collaboration between leading academic centres in England to collaborate on a programme of work funded through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): Improving mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations through collaborative research.

 

 Natasha Tyler - NIHR Three Schools. Mental Health Post Doctoral Launching Fellow

Natasha Tyler - University of Manchester

Project Title: Incorporating Primary and Social Care elements into the SAFER Mental Health (SAFER_MH) Care Transitions Bundle for patients at high risk of suicide

Brief Summary: This project aims to improve the SAFER-MH intervention by adding two components that improve 'joined-up' working between hospitals and primary and social care. Firstly, to work with patients, carers and professionals to develop an improved letter than is sent to GPs after discharge. Secondly, I will work with key members of primary care teams such as social prescribers to understand the current support systems for people with mental health in primary care and the community. I will then bring together patients, carers and other clinicians to devise a follow-up intervention to support patients after discharge. During this fellowship, I will be applying for further funding to test SAFER-MH nationally and make changes to services that will improve quality of care for patients as soon as possible.

Start / end dates: Jan 2025-March 2026

Contact email: Natasha.tyler@manchester.ac.uk

 Stephanie Hanley - University of Birmingham

Stephanie Hanley - University of Birmingham

Project Title: Understanding the mental health care needs of pregnant and postnatal women with language barriers to inform the development of recommendations to improve support within UK primary care and community settings.

Brief Summary: Mental health problems during and after pregnancy are extremely common. Approximately 40% of deaths between six weeks and a year after pregnancy are due to mental-health-related causes, and the risk is even greater for women who do not speak English, or fluently. Pregnant and postnatal women from ethnic minorities experience difficulties in accessing mental health services and migrant families who speak a language other than English describe a lack of cultural sensitivity and inadequate interpretation support in postnatal health care. Community-based mental health peer support has been suggested as complementary or an alternative to professional support for pregnant women with mental health issues, especially for those who feel stigmatised by their difficulties, have been unable to access professional support or feel more comfortable engaging with relatable members of their community. Therefore, this project aims to 1) understand the experiences of receiving and providing mental health care for pregnant and postnatal women with limited or no English proficiency in primary care and community settings and, 2) co-produce recommendations to improve mental health care for these women.

Start / end dates: Sept 2024 - Feb 2026

Contact email: s.hanley@bham.ac.uk

Joe Hulin - University of Sheffield 

Joe Hulin - University of Sheffield

Project Title: Suicide Prevention in Primary Care

Brief Summary: The aim of this work is to develop a research proposal to evaluate ways of supporting GPs to deliver care for people who self-harm or have suicidal feelings. To support this we will be undertaking a rapid review of the literature on suicide prevention interventions in primary care. We will focus on interventions which support integration with other mental healthcare services and VCSE organisations.

Start / end dates: June 2024 - November 2024

Contact email: j.hulin@sheffield.ac.uk