Celebrating patient and public involvement in mental health research

Mental health researchers who place emphasis on patient, public and carer involvement within their studies are encouraged to apply for a national award which celebrates the vital role that service users and the public have to play in shaping and improving health studies.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has teamed up with two leading mental health charities, the McPin Foundation and MQ: Transforming Mental Health, to run this year’s award.

The awards aim to recognise the achievements of researchers who involve service users, carers and the public in each stage of the research process – from initial design and participation, to the evaluation of outcomes. The awards will also celebrate the dedication and diligence of the patients and the public who get involved in mental health studies and make a difference to the development of new care and treatments.

Eligibility: The award is open for applications from Chief Investigators of mental health research studies that have:

  • have been open for recruitment between April 2016 and February 2018
  • recruited patients from sites based in England.
  • been adopted on to the NIHR CRN Portfolio of Studies and received support from the CRN Mental health speciality.

Deadline: 30 March 2018

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