INSPIRE, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Group type: 3. Institution or initiative-specific

Contact details

Named contact: Rhianna Broadway (Inspire Co-ordinator)

Email address:

Telephone: 01603 978414 Ext: 8414



Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Research and Development

The Knowledge Centre

Hellesdon Hospital

Drayton High Road



Remit of the group

Inspire is a Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) initiative to involve service users, carers and the public in all aspects of mental health research.

Inspire is the first mental health focused scheme within Norfolk and Suffolk to engage service users, carers and the general public in this way. Members will make up three panels that focus on different areas of mental health research. These panels are youth, adult and older age.

Inspire members are able to get involved in all stages of the mental health research cycle. This includes the design and development of new research ideas, being named on grant funding applications, assisting and feeding back on the practicalities of live studies, sharing research findings and creating their own research.

Frequency of meetings

Panel meetings are held three times a year (for each panel) and we will also hold annual events for all inspire members.

Research review requests can be sent at any time to

Who can consult the group?

We prioritise mental health research in Norfolk or Suffolk but are also able to review national mental health studies, please contact us for more information about this.



Inspire presented a poster at the INVOLVE 2014 conference (November).

More about the group (optional)

Inspire Panels form part of a new service-user led research strategy at NSFT which includes:

  • Biannual Public research forums, bringing together clinicians, academics and the public for anyone who is active in, has an interest in or just wants to know more about mental health research
  • a research register (for people looking to become actively involved as participants in mental health research)
  • the Inspire You research newsletter
  • research participant feedback questionnaires and surveys
  • development of general research promotional material.

Inspire is always open to new members, we encourage anyone with an interest in mental health research (in Norfolk and Suffolk) to consider joining, whatever their background. Current inspire members include service users, carers, the public and third sector representatives.

Inspire members are able to provide a range of views and opinions on mental health research and members have already been involved in reviewing research around service design, mental health treatment interventions for both children and adults and also an array of dementia research covering a number of different areas.

Inspire is very proud to be able to offer a wide range of lay expertise across the entire mental health spectrum.