Celebrating Public Participation in Mental Health Research

Mental health researchers who place emphasis on service user, carer and public involvement within their studies are encouraged to apply for a national award which celebrates the vital role that the public have to play in shaping and improving health studies.


The McPin Foundation has teamed up with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) and MQ: Transforming Mental Health, to run this year’s award – which take place for the second year in succession.


The awards aim to recognise the achievements of researchers who involve service users, carers and the public in each stage of the research process – from initial design and participation, to the evaluation of outcomes. The awards will also celebrate the dedication and diligence of the public who get involved in mental health studies and make a difference to the development of new care and treatments.


This year’s award is now open for applications from Chief Investigators of mental health research studies. To be eligible for the award, studies must have been open for recruitment between April 2016 and February 2018 – and have recruited patients from sites based in England. Studies must also have been adopted on to the NIHR CRN Portfolio of Studies and received support from the CRN Mental health speciality. The deadline for nomination is 30 March 2018.


Professor Kathryn Abel, National Specialty Lead for CRN Mental health, said:  Following on from the success of last year’s PPIE awards, I am delighted to announce a new collaboration between the CRN Mental health specialty and the mental health charities, McPin and MQ. This partnership award scheme will continue to promote the importance of meaningful service user and carer involvement in mental health research where it has always led other fields in acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of service users and carers to research.


“Given the high priority that mental health research has been afforded by the new Mental Health Research Framework, this exciting award is timely and a welcome encouragement to those achieving excellence by partnering with the people who understand best where research is needed most.”


For more information about the NIHR CRN, the McPin Foundation & MQ Service User and Carer Involvement Awards 2018 – or if you are a chief investigator or a mental health research study and would like to apply, visit: