Adult 18+

Help create a weight management intervention for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder


What’s the project?

Researchers at the University of Oxford are actively working to develop and test a weight management intervention for people living with serious mental illness (SMI).

The WHEEL (Weight cHange for people with sErious mEntal iLlness) study aims to support weight management among people with schizophrenia and bipolar.

Many people gain weight after a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar. We are keen to hear from those who share this experience.

We are particularly interested in hearing your thoughts and experiences on working with social prescribing link workers to access weight management services.

Prior knowledge or experience with social prescribing link workers is not necessary.

Find out more

You are invited to join an online focus group ran over MS Teams. It will involve no more than 2-3 other people living with SMI.

The focus group will be co-facilitated by a patient and public involvement (PPI) champion and a researcher at the University of Oxford.

It will last 1.5 hours and will be a one-off session.

To facilitate open discussions, we kindly request all attendees to keep their cameras on.

While we have already worked with people across the UK to help develop and test our intervention, we are now extending our invitation for people to join our next phase of research.

We are interested in hearing from people aged 18+ and who have traditionally been left-behind from research opportunities, including Black, Asian and minority ethic groups.

Our standard payment rate is £25 per hour.

For your 1.5 hour commitment to the online focus group you will be paid £37.5 via bank transfer.

This compensation includes out-of-pocket expenses such as internet connection cost for joining the online focus group.

To find out more, please contact Charlotte on email ([email protected]) or phone (01865 618688).

Please note that the McPin Foundation regularly promotes opportunities on behalf of other institutions; we are not responsible for the continuation or contents of further correspondence with any project partners where we are not listed as the project main point of contact.