Thirty-four wards in the UK will take part. Half will receive a clinical psychologist for 7 months (intervention wards), half will continue as usual for 7 months (control wards).

We will collect data from patients and staff about their well-being, their views on the atmosphere of the ward, details of the different health care services that patients use, and patient symptoms and social functioning.

We will collect data from 15 staff members on each ward, and 11 patients on each ward. All participants will complete questionnaires at three different time points. During the second time point, we will recruit 9 more patients to ask their views on ward atmosphere.

Additionally, we will collect data about the number of instances of self-harm, and violence and aggression on wards.

Which NHS Trusts/ Health Boards are taking part?

Explore which NHS Trusts and Health Boards are taking part.

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Start date: October 2019
  • Number of wards: 9
Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust
  • Start date: November 2019
  • Number of wards: 1
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Start date: June 2020
  • Number of wards: 2
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Start date: TBC
  • Number of wards: 2
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Start date: TBC
  • Number of wards: 4
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Start date: TBC
  • Number of wards: 5
Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Start date: TBC
  • Number of wards: 2
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Start date: TBC
  • Number of wards: 4
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Start date: TBC
  • Number of wards: 3

What will the clinical psychologist be doing?

Level 1: Formation
  • Psychologist to facilitate team formulation for each patient.
  • Psychologist to liaise with relevant people to share formulation e.g. community teams, family members, social care services.
Level 2: Guided self-help interventions with named nurse
  • Psychologist to train and supervise staff to engage patients in self-help psychological interventions.
  • Supervision in the form of 1-2-1 supervision, group supervision, support groups (reflection and debriefing).
Level 3: 1-to-1 therapy sessions
  • Psychologist to engage some patients in 1-2-1 psychological therapy.
    Primarily focusing assessment and formulation, reason for their current admission and relapse prevention.
  • Psychologist to integrate themselves into the MDT to form part of the patients care plan via attendance to relevant MDT meetings.
  • Psychologist to engage in own supervision with a senior clinical psychologist.

Contact us

Helen Wilson 

Trial manager

NHS email: helen.wilson@gmmh.nhs.uk
UoM email: helen.l.wilson@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)7581 435 209