Our consultancy services can provide high level, strategic support from our expert team, and associates giving you access to leading edge thinking and techniques in mental health research – and additional capacity and expertise in project planning and evaluation. 

Working with the consultancy team at The McPin Foundation can help your organisation to:

  • provide a rapid, expert response to tenders which require service user, carer and family involvement in research, planning, delivery or evaluation;
  • design research studies which incorporate the experience, views and voices of people affected by mental health problems;
  • successfully meet requirements for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

Examples of current projects:

We are currently working with Rethink Mental illness on their Mental health and Co-production programme that is engaging young people in the development of an out of hours service with commissioners as well as stakeholders developing mental health supports within Youth Offending Services. We are providing research expertise so that the co-production projects can co-design solutions taking on board local views. We have helped with developing focus groups schedules and survey questionnaires for the co-production groups as well as writing up emerging findings from the research for the projects to use in their service planning.

We are also supporting an academic team from Queen Mary University to develop a proposal for the Department of Health research funding known as the “NIHR PGfAH – National Institute of Health Research Programme Grant for Applied Health” by running consultation groups with mental health service users both about the concept for the research and ideas of how they would like to be involved if funding was successful as a Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP).

A third example of our consultancy work is for Kings College London. we have been commissioned to set up and run three focus groups with mental health carers to inform the development of an on-line resource that will be funded by Lundbeck UK. Our role is to work with an academic from Kings College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurology to gather the views of carers on the content of online support resources.