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Driving Change Report

Our Driving Change report was launched on 3 March 2014.

It was written to support the World Innovation on Health Summit (WISH), held in Doha December 2013 funded by the Qatar Foundation.

Driving Change is a report based on interviews with mental health Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) around the world written by the McPin Foundation in partnership with Mind. The focus was on mental health organisations that were user- or carer-led in countries across the globe working locally to raise awareness and improve services for people living with mental illness.

“We attended WISH Doha 10th and 11th December 2013, as part of the mental health forum led by Professor Vikram Patel from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr Shekhar Saxena from the WHO where a comprehensive report on innovations in global mental health was launched. The McPin Foundation are really proud to be part of this forum and will be seeking to take this work forward to gain increased recognition for the vital role of NGOs in developing innovative mental health care“.
Vanessa Pinfold, Research Director, McPin Foundation.

“Mental health is a global concern whilst it still seems to be an abandoned and neglected topic, despite the detrimental effects on individuals, communities and the socio-economy of countries across all borders. The remedy lies in the unification of every role-player in life, from mental health professionals, researchers, community members to persons affected by mental health disorders – where each and every intervention approach, whether successful or not, is the basis of learning and gaining alternative approaches that can only lead to innovation, success and discovering the ‘remedies’”.
Charlene Sunkel, Central Gauteng Mental Health Society

“As a User-led and User-run NGO we hope that as consumers of mental health services our voices will be heard and our views will be considered in the planning and delivery of mental health services after all, we’re the most affected by the policies and legislation.  We hope to see more inclusion and participation of the various user movements across the world to self-advocate and play their role in the multidisciplinary and intersectoral nature of mental health to create positive synergy with various professionals with greater impact especially at the community level as this is an essential package for health”.
Kanyi Gikonyo, USP-Kenya.

Wellbeing networks and asset mapping

We are pleased to launch Our briefing paper written specifically for a conference on shared decision making in mental health in London, held January 2015. The paper is a summary of a research study which we undertook with Plymouth University. It is based on interviews with 150 people with long term mental health needs, practitioners working in mental health and leaders of organisations providing community services, health services and social supports. A key part of the project was the involvement of a Patient and Public Involvement team ensuing the expertise of people with mental health problems shaped and helped to deliver this project.

A second version of our briefing paper is also available: wellbeing networks SW VERSION. This was written specifically for an event held at Reed Hall, Exeter university at the end of March 2015. We brought together people working in mental health, people with lived experience and researchers for a conversation based on the wellbeing networks research – so what next?

As part of our dissemination work, we produced a paper for a conference and it was taken to the Clinical Research Network Mental Health conference in York at the end of February 2015. You can access the poster here: The Role Of Practitioners in Personal Wellbeing Networks FINAL. We were really surprised and very pleased to be awarded first prize for this poster at the conference. We thank the organisers for this recognition. At the McPin foundation we strive to produce accessible high quality research outputs from our work and it is great when other people report they think we are achieving that goal to some extent!

Our full research report published by the funder – the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) – was placed online March 3rd 2015. It is quite a large document but if you are interested in reading it you can down load the PDF here: FullReport-hsdr03050

You an also access the abstract, scientific summary, lay summary on the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research portal.

A service user evaluation of IAPT for people with a severe mental illness

In August 2015 we produced two reports from our service user evaluation of IAPT for SMI funded by NHS England. The summary report is a 12 page A5 booklet and the full report is much longer! Both have been produced with the three peer researchers who worked on this study alongside staff from the McPin Foundation. We are very grateful to everyone who participated and are working with the study sites to disseminate the findings locally.

IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. In the pilot sites for the IAPT for SMI programme “access” was the crucial focus. Pilot sites sought to increase access to psychological services for people with bipolar, psychosis, personality disorder. Our evaluation also showed a key concern for service users were waiting times and how waiting periods for treatments were managed by services. NHS England are also developing a five year forward view for mental health and during the first week in September 2015 they published results of their consultation with over 20,000 stakeholders. How would people like things to be different in mental health by 2020? Top of the list Access to services.

Kent Wellbeing programme – concept mapping reports

Our evaluation study of the Kent Wellbeing programme has been developing concept maps, also known as a Theory of Change approach to evaluation that New Philanthropy Capital describe well.  Concept maps have been produced for the Kent County Council Public Health’s Mental Wellbeing Programme, consisting of eight wellbeing interventions.

You can read the summary report from September here, or our full report which was published in April.

You can find out more about the evaluation here