Greater Manchester

Mental Health Research Domain

The Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) Mental Health Domain is currently working in partnership with NHS Trusts, Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), and relevant partner organisations within Greater Manchester (GM) with a goal of providing a key source of academic/scientific advice, research & innovation and support for Health Innovation Manchester and its member organisations. The domain functions via an operational group, working to monitor research and innovation across the Greater Manchester area and ensure that MAHSC’s requirements for research in respect of time and quality are met.

The domain is led by the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) and the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health in The University of Manchester. GMMH is one of the most research-active mental health trusts in the country, with one of the highest levels of recruitment to clinical trials for mental health. GMMH also has the second-highest National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Capability Funding awards, out of the 60 mental health trusts nationally, reflecting the very high levels of hosted, externally funded research.

The Domain operates under five key themes:

  • Digital Mental Health
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Dementia
  • Self-harm and Suicide
  • Physical Health

Theme Leads:

  • Shôn Lewis, MAHSC Mental Health Research Domain Lead and Professor of Adult Psychiatry, University of Manchester
  • Bernadka Dubicka, Adolescent Psychiatrist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ross Dunne, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist & Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
  • Richard Drake, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • John Sainsbury, Innovation Manager, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

The MH research domain will be working closely with the NIHR Manchester BRC to deliver effectively on its portfolio of activity, particularly within the newly created Mental Health Theme.

Further examples of work that is currently ongoing within the domain includes:

  • The Greater Manchester Mental Health MaST (Management and Supervision Tool) project
  • Lumi Nova: an implementation study STAndardised DIagnostic Assessment for children and young people with emotional difficulties (STADIA)
  • A GM-wide Collaboration workshop held on 29th September 2022
  • A regular small-grant funding call awards up to £10,000 for pump-priming of projects within GM. Further information in relation to these calls can be found here:
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