Mental health

ACFs and CLs that support this theme may be held in a number of GMC specialties, which may include e.g. general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, or general practice.


Infrastructure and Environment to support this NIHR Theme

The Mental Health Research Unit is based at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and works across specialty boundaries. Sheffield is home to world-class research in health services research, neurosciences (SiTRaN), primary care, nursing & midwifery, psychology, computer sciences, acute and urgent care and digital healthcare. Sheffield is renowned for research on persistent symptoms and functional somatic disorders. The Sheffield Mental Health Collaborative is a partnership between the University of Sheffield, statutory agencies, and the voluntary sector.

Grant Income 

Grant income from the MHRU over the last five years exceeds £1.7M from funders including The Department of Health and Social Care, MRC and NIHR



Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL): a new generic self-reported outcome measure for use with people experiencing mental health difficulties. Anju Devianee Keetharuth et al on behalf of the ReQoL Scientific Group. Br J Psychiatry. 2018 Jan; 212(1): 42–49.

Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Data in the Development of Outcome Measures: The Case of the Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL) Measures in Mental Health Populations. Anju Devianee Keetharuth et al. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Jul; 15(7): 1342. 

The European Training Network ETUDE (Encompassing Training in fUnctional Disorders across Europe): a new research and training program of the EURONET-SOMA network recruiting 15 early stage researchers Rosmalen JGM et al. Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2021), 141.

Functional somatic disorders: discussion paper for a new common classification for research and clinical use. Burton C, Fink P, Henningsen P, Löwe B & Rief W (2020) BMC Medicine, 18(1). 

Patients’ descriptions of the relation between physical symptoms and negative emotions : a qualitative analysis of primary care consultations. Bekhuis E, Gol J, Burton C & Rosmalen J (2020) British Journal of General Practice, 70(691), e78-e85.

Core Outcome Domains for Clinical Trials on Somatic Symptom Disorder, Bodily Distress Disorder, and Functional Somatic Syndromes: European Network on Somatic Symptom Disorders Recommendations. Rief W, et al (2017) Psychosomatic Medicine, 79(9), 1008-1015

A comparison of clinical outcomes, service satisfaction and well-being in people using acute day units and crisis resolution teams: cohort study in England. Danielle Lamb et al. (2021) BJPsych Open, Mar 19;7(2):e68. 

‘So just to go through the options...’: patient choice in the telephone delivery of the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services Annie Irvine et al. Sociol Health Illn. 2021 Jan;43(1):3-19. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.13182. Epub 2020 Sep 22.

A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Green Space Prevalence and Mental Wellbeing in England Victoria Houlden, Scott Weich, Stephen Jarvis BMC Public Health volume 17, Article number: 460 (2017).

A pragmatic randomised controlled trial assessing the non-inferiority of counselling for depression versus cognitive-behaviour therapy for patients in primary care meeting a diagnosis of moderate or severe depression (PRaCTICED): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. David Saxon et al. Trials. 2017 Mar 1;18(1):93. doi: 10.1186/s13063-017-1834-6.

Adult mental health provision in England : a national survey of acute day units Danielle Lamb et al. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Nov 21;19(1):866. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4687-8.

Does nature make us happier? A spatial error model of greenspace types and mental wellbeing Houlden, V., Porto de Albuquerque, J., Weich, S. et al. (2019) Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. ISSN 2399-8083 

Drivers of 'clinically unnecessary' use of emergency and urgent care: the DEUCE mixed-methods study O'Cathain A et al. Health Serv Deliv Res 2020;8(15)

Evaluating the effects of community treatment orders (CTOs) in England using the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS): Protocol for a national, population-based study Weich S, Duncan C, Bhui K, et al BMJ Open 2018;8:e024193. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024193 

Experiences of in-patient mental health services: systematic review Staniszewska S et al. Br J Psychiatry. 2019 Jun;214(6):329-338. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2019.22. Epub 2019 Mar 21. 

Feasibility study of real-time online text-based CBT to support self-management for people with type 1 diabetes: the Diabetes On-line Therapy (DOT) Study Doherty AM et al. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care 2021;9:e001934.

Integrating physical activity into the treatment of depression in adults: a qualitative enquiry Machaczek KK et al. Health Soc Care Community. 2021 Jan 13. 

Mental well-being and recovery in serious mental illness : associations between mental well-being and functional status in the health survey for England 2014 Chan Sarah, and Scott Weich. BJPsych open vol. 6,4 e66. 18 Jun. 2020

Person-centred experiential therapy (PCET) training within a UK NHS IAPT service: experiences of selected counsellors in the PRaCTICED trial Nye, A, Connell, J, Haake, R et al. (1 more author) (2018) British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. ISSN 0306-9885 

Prevalence of non-suicidal self-harm and service contact in England, 2000–14: repeated cross-sectional surveys of the general population Sally McManus, Prof David Gunnell, Prof Claudia Cooper, Prof Paul E Bebbington, Prof Louise M Howard, Prof Traolach Brugha, et al. The Lancet Psychiatry VOLUME 6, ISSUE 7, P573-581, JULY 01, 2019

Realist Evaluation of the Use of Patient Experience Data to Improve the Quality of Inpatient Mental Health Care (EURIPIDES) in England: study protocol Weich S, Fenton SH, Bhui K, et al. BMJ Open 2018;8:e021013. 

The relationship between greenspace and the mental wellbeing of adults: A systematic review.Victoria Houlden, Scott Weich, João Porto de Albuquerque, Stephen Jarvis, Karen Rees PLOS One Published: September 12, 2018 

Understanding increasing rates of psychiatric hospital detentions in England: development and preliminary testing of an explanatory model Sheridan Rains, L, Weich, S, Maddock, C, Smith, S, Keown, P, Crepaz-Keay, D,.. Lloyd-Evans, B. (2020). BJPsych Open, 6(5), E88. 

Understanding the experience of initiating community-based group physical activity by people with serious mental illness: a systematic review using a meta-ethnographic approach

Variation in compulsory psychiatric inpatient admission in England: a cross-classified, multilevel analysis Quirk H et al. Eur Psychiatry. 2020 Oct 22;63(1):e95. 

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