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The National Health Service (NHS) needs healthy, motivated doctors to provide high quality care for patients. Unfortunately, being a doctor is a challenging job in a pressurised work environment, so doctors are more likely to suffer from mental ill-health than other working adults.
A recent survey of doctors who were members of the organisation Medical Protection suggested that 85% had experienced mental health issues, including stress (75%), anxiety (49%), depression (32%) and suicidal feelings (13%). In November 2015, the Head of Thought Leadership at the King’s Fund said stress levels among NHS staff are “astonishingly high”.
When they become ill, doctors...Read more
Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown. Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school.
The analysis by a team led by Professor Tamsin Ford of responses from over 5,000 school-aged children, their parents and their teachers, found that children with learning difficulties and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism spectrum conditions were more likely to be excluded from the classroom.
The study is...Read more
A large research study from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, supported by PenCLAHRC, has revealed that older people are not being referred for mental health support as frequently as their younger counterparts, despite achieving better outcomes when they are referred.
The study is published today (Tuesday 6th June 2017) in the British Journal of General Practice.
The research was conducted as part of the South West of England Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Evaluation Project commissioned by the former South West Strategic Health Authority.
The researchers analysed over 80,000 mental health treatments in South West England as part of the IAPT...Read more
A team from PenCLAHRC and the University of Exeter, in collaboration with clinicians from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health at University College London, have been awarded a grant of £285,000 to carry out a study which aims to improve the understanding of the best ways to support children and young people with long term physical health conditions. Many young people experience feelings of depression and anxiety, as a result of their physical condition, and display disruptive behaviour, which in turn can cause problems for the treatment and management of their condition.
The project, funded by the...Read more
PenCLAHRC Deputy Director, Professor Richard Byng, was the subject of this week's Sunday Essay in the Western Morning News.
In the piece, featured in the Sunday 27th July edition of the paper, Professor Byng discusses his research into the mental health of offenders and former offenders, in particular the Care for Offenders (COCOA) project, which reviewed the healthcare received by offenders across the prison system. He also discussed his recent work on the Engager project, seeks to develop an integrated approach to organising care for those preparing to leave prison. This innovative project includes ex-offenders as peer researchers in the research...Read more
In what is believed to be the first example of its kind, men who have served prison sentences are playing a key role as ‘peer researchers’ in a research project investigating the issues faced by prisoners with mental health problems near to and after release.
The Engager project is an ongoing collaboration between Plymouth University and the University of Exeter, plus the University of Manchester and University College London, and has been funded by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research grant and supported by NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)...Read more