Awareness of the value of involving people affected by mental health problems in research, evaluation and service design is growing – but there is a long way to go. The McPin Foundation works to influence stakeholders to make user involvement an integral part of mental health research and service evaluation and design.
Our influencing work includes:
- educating and lobbying decision makers and opinion formers;
- taking part in relevant debates, fora and networks;
- supporting and working in coalition with others to influence the research process and research agenda.
Examples of our work
Our research director, Vanessa Pinfold, is the chair of the Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders. This group seeks to gain influence for the mental health research community and improve the quality of mental health research. They recently produced a manifesto call to action for all the UK political parties ahead of the general election in 2015. A copy can be downloaded here: our manifesto.
In 2017 we published our first policy briefing Everywhere and Everyone Included: Research in NHS Mental Health Trusts in England which argued the Government needs to do more to fulfil its commitment on spreading research within mental health services.