CATCH Centre Manager, Simon Butler and Business Manager, Karen Wilkinson worked with University of Sheffield colleagues to organise and run a successful mental health workshop this month.

The workshop was designed to catalyse multidisciplinary research projects to solve mental health problems identified by clinicians and service users.

 

The workshop brought together over 50 delegates from multiple organisations and multiple disciplines including academia, service users, service providers and industry.

 

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Mental health and wellbeing has been identified as a key challenge for the Sheffield City Region (SCR), both through broad provider and patient engagement and as represented in the Commissioning Care Group’s (CCG) Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

 

The Perfect Patient Pathway Test Bed, an awarded NHS England Test Bed site that involves 28 partners spanning across health, social care, education, technology and voluntary sector organisations in the Sheffield City Region, have also identified mental health as a key challenge. They ran a very successful mental health engagement event in December 2016 where mental health practitioners and service users identified key unmet challenges.  These directly fed into the themes for this mental health research workshop.

 

A number of current and upcoming funding calls focus on solutions for Mental Health. These look at research tackling a range of issues from policy to care provision/pathways to technology.

 

Scott Weich, Professor of Mental Health from the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), was full of praise for aims of the workshop when he spoke at the beginning. He commented that “it was great to see so many people from different disciplines in one room to discuss ways to answer important research questions.  I recently joined the university from the West Midlands and I would have loved to have had a room like this in my old role. This is a credit to Sheffield that this has been achieved so well”.

 

This workshop is the first of a series of three structured workshops (funded by the University of Sheffield’s HEFCE Catalyst grant) being held to develop innovative, fundable projects that address key challenges in mental health.

 

The opportunity to come together around such an important issue will spark many project ideas and stimulate a broader local ‘ecosystem’ to work together. If we are successful, we will develop a number of success projects relevant for the SCR.

 

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Mental health and wellbeing has been identified as a key challenge for the Sheffield City Region (SCR), both through broad provider and patient engagement and as represented in the Commissioning Care Group’s (CCG) Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). A number of current and upcoming funding calls focus on solutions for Mental Health. These look at research tackling a range of issues from policy to care provision/pathways to technology.

 

The next workshop will take place on Thursday 6th April in Sheffield where project teams will be “pitching” their projects in a Dragon’s Den–style format in a bid to support projects towards funding.

 

If you would like more information on this series of workshops or our work around mental health please contact Laura Murray.