Connect and collaborate
A research career in mental health is an inherently collaborative one. By taking opportunities to connect with others - be that researchers from other departments or other professionals who work in delivery of mental health services - you will gain a different perspective on the issues you know through your own work to date. By encountering others' approaches to the problems we are all working with, you can find opportunities to enrich your own professional experience and make a difference.
One great first step you can take is adding yourself to our map of mental health research via the link below. Do also check out the mental health research that's happening in the themed UKRI mental health research networks and Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs). ARCs support research in specific areas of health. ARC East of England and ARC Oxford and Thames valley both have a mental health research focus.
"The Applied Research Collaborations have a focus to work across the NHS, public health, social care and the voluntary and community sector."
- Eileen Kaner, Professor of Applied Behavioural Science
“As a practitioner who’s interested in research, you don’t know how valuable you are to research teams in universities. Go for it - make contact!”
– Dr Sinead Lambe, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher