New mental health research framework announced: has Christmas come early?#NIHRmentalhealth

One of the unintended consequences of writing a blog is that it can be a helpful chronicle enabling you to trace the history of issues and events over many years. There is no better example than mental health research. So I can tell you that it is three years since the Mental Health Research Alliance … Continue reading New mental health research framework announced: has Christmas come early?#NIHRmentalhealth

CLAHRCs could be the superheroes in quality improvement for patients in the UK

Yesterday my day began in Clerkenwell meeting with the new charity, MQ Transforming Mental Health (www.joinMQ.org). It is exciting to feel that we might at last be on the verge of seeing a strong charity profile in mental health research in the UK. But more baffling than ever why our existing mental health charities - … Continue reading CLAHRCs could be the superheroes in quality improvement for patients in the UK

Comment: The Sherpa’s story and its relevance to public involvement in health research

I am indebted to a good friend and colleague of mine who, some time ago, sent me this BBC News story from last year.  It reports on the rising concerns among Himalayan Sherpas about the lack of regard being shown towards their needs and the environment as scientists tromp all over the local geography.  To the … Continue reading Comment: The Sherpa’s story and its relevance to public involvement in health research

Data, data everywhere…new report, plus NIHR’s achievements in 2012

Yes, we are positively swimming in data these days.  And I don't about you, but I'm looking forward to doing some data-linkage with family and friends over Christmas and the New Year. From a Government point of view, making best use of the data which is routinely collected by departments, public agencies and others, linking … Continue reading Data, data everywhere…new report, plus NIHR’s achievements in 2012

Comment piece: New mental health research charity springs from an unlikely quarter #mentalhealth

It has been in the works for a not inconsiderable amount of time.  A slow burner if you like.  So it somehow seems fitting that the first flames should flicker almost unnoticed. Yesterday, Research Fortnight's Adam Smith wrote about a new mental health research charity to be launched next year with a hefty £20 million … Continue reading Comment piece: New mental health research charity springs from an unlikely quarter #mentalhealth