Partners and collaborators

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

We have been asked by the SLAM recovery college to carry out an independent evaluation of their service. We are pleased to collaborate with them on building an evidence based for this recovery focused approach – the Recovery College – which has emerged through the IMROC programme and is found in several sites across the UK.


We are pleased to be working with Certitude and Symmetric Partnership to deliver an oral history project on psychosis, exploring experiences of people across South London. Certitude is a not for profit organisation that provides personalised support for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs.

Lancaster University

We are working with Professor Lobban at Lancaster University and several other partners including UCL to deliver an NIHR funded grant to assess the implementation of self-management resources for mental health carers in six NHS Trusts being supported through Early Intervention in Psychosis services. Lancaster University is also part of PARTNETS2 research study so we are working with Dr Siobhan Reilly also to deliver a new intervention in primary care based on collaborative care principles.

University of Cambridge

We are really pleased to be supporting the University of Cambridge in their research on immunology and psychosis. We are funded by the Stanley Foundation from the USA to deliver the patient and public involvement element of this ambitious research programme.

Imperial Health Partners

We are pleased to be delivering a piece of consultancy work with Imperial Health Partners supporting their psychosis pathways programme by looking at the information needs of service users and carers across West London. We are working with a peer research consultant to access diverse groups of people so they can tell us what information support they require when experiencing mental health issues.

Centre for Mental Health

We are pleased to be working with the Centre for Mental Health on a mental health and employment project called “100 people” funded by Trust for London. Building on the extensive evidence base for Individual placement and Support (IPS) we are working with them to understand the challenges for people with severe and enduring mental health problems entering the workplace.

Kent County Council

We are working with Kent County Council to evaluate their mental wellbeing programme. This consists of various community-based projects aimed at different groups including the general public, older men, veterans, young people, and others who may be vulnerable for a number of reasons. Everyone has mental health and increasingly people are starting to recognise the importance of encouraging everyone to take care of their mental health and wellbeing. Helping people to learn how to take care of their wellbeing has positive effects on how they feel from day-to-day and may help to prevent people from experiencing mental health problems in the future. Across the country, more public health initiatives are being targeted at improving mental wellbeing, so it is important that we learn what works so that they can invest in the most effective projects.

Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group

Brentford and Isleworth, Whole Systems Integrated Care programme early adopter mental health project has commissioned us in November 2014  to work on a co-design, coproduction project to develop a new service for local people with long term mental health needs. We formed a working group with local service users and practitioners, with steering group guidance, to develop a new model of care – the Wellbeing Network. Since April 2015, we have been working with the steering group and  Hounslow CCG   to implement the Hounslow Wellbeing Network .

St George’s, University of London

We are really pleased to be working with the team at the Social & Community Mental Health Population Health Research Institute St George’s, University of London. They will be celebrating 10 years of service user and practitioner collaborative mental health research June 2015, and it is great to be working with them on a Big Lottery Funded evaluation of peer support led by Mind across England.

Cochrane Collaboration and the Institute of Mental Health

We are very pleased to be working with Professor Clive Adams who chairs the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group based at the Institute of Mental Health. The Institute is partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Nottingham and is one of the leading centres in the UK for applied mental health research and education. We have worked with the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group over many years, particularly developing lay summaries for the Cochrane collaboration.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

We are really pleased to be part of a NIHR applied programme grant study awarded to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust called PARTNERS2. It is a 5 year research study that was developed by the late Professor Helen Lester, and is being led by Professor Max Birchwood from the University of Warwick into collaborative care for people with schizophrenia or bipolar. There are several organisations involved including the University of Birmingham, Lancaster University, Exeter University and Plymouth University. We are delivering the PPI (Public and Patient Involvement) component of the study and currently recruiting the Partners2 panel.


We have also been commissioned by Mind the mental health charity to deliver their annual “Your Experience in Mind” survey among Local Minds and evaluate the Crisis Care Concordat programme that Mind are delivering for the Department of Health. We are also working to deliver the independent evaluation of peer support funded by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered by Mind, Bipolar UK and Depression Alliance.

Rethink Mental Illness

The McPin Foundation is providing evaluation support to Rethink Mental Illness by undertaking projects within two of its Big Lottery Funded programme grants – Rethink Hope and Get Together. We have also supported Rethink Mental Illness coproduction programme by providing evaluation training to group members involved in service co-design.

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

The McPin Foundation has been working with academics at Kings College London for several years. This included the  delivery of part of the evaluation for Time to Change, which was funded by Comic Relief and Department of Health called the Viewpoint Survey. This project completed in 2015 but we continue to disseminate with the KCL team led by Dr Henderson. We are also working with Professor Morgan on the REACH study funded by the European Commission and Dr Yiend on an NIHR funded project creating a cognitive bias modification approach for paranoia.