The NIHR Schools for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Public Health Research (SPHR) and Social Care Research (SSCR) have launched a new programme to address the challenges faced by front line health and care professionals. The Mental Health Practice Evaluation Scheme aims to support the three NIHR Schools work in partnership with professionals across a range of sectors, in order to evaluate innovative local projects, policies, strategies or initiatives that improve mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 8 October.
The scheme is open to research in a wide range of settings: in local authority teams or other departments; in the third sector; in the private sector, or in the NHS and other social care settings.
What the scheme offers
The scheme offers health and care practitioners working in any sector in England, an opportunity to:
- Collaborate with leading health and care researchers to evaluate mental health interventions. This can take the form of evaluation of local initiatives and/or multi-site comparative evaluations.
- Generate and share mental health research that could support more effective policy or practice nationally.
- Provide evidence on the feasibility, affordability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mental health interventions.
- Explore the possibility that an innovative mental health intervention may be replicated in other areas.
- Receive funding to cover the cost of the evaluation (between £50k and £250k); most awards will be towards the upper end of this range (£150k – £250k).
The Three NIHR Schools’ Mental Health Practice Evaluation Scheme is now open for applications: https://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/call-for-applications-nihr-three-research-schools-mental-health-practice-evaluation-scheme-deadline-for-eoi-8th-october-2021/