ScHARR launches innovative new self-assessment mental health measure

Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL) was launched by Paul Blomfield MP at an event at Westminster on the 12th October 2016 and attended by representatives from many mental health trusts across the country and various stakeholders.

ReQoL launch

ReQoL is a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) that has been developed by a team at ScHARR to assess the quality of life for those experiencing mental health difficulties. The questionnaire will be used in helping to decide what support or services people receive and also to measure and improve the quality of care that service users receive. Researchers from ScHARR worked together with service users and clinicians to generate the themes, items and scoring of the measure.

Mental health was one of the most commonly raised concerns in my annual community consultation. When one in four people face a mental health condition, cutting-edge research to improve outcomes are vitally important. The University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) are making a significant contribution to better mental health through their new Recovering Quality of Life measure.

PAUL BLOMFIELD MP

Professor John Brazier from ScHARR who led the team, said: “The ReQoL-10 and the ReQoL-20 are short measures of self-assessment of quality of life that have been developed rigorously to meet the need for people recovering from a wide variety of mental health problems.”

ReQoL provides a unique opportunity to take a holistic view of the lives of service users and hence they can be better supported in their recovery journey.

PROF JOHN BRAZER, LEAD FOR ScHARR

ReQoL has been commissioned and funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme in England for use in the NHS.

Further information on ReQoL can be found at www.reqol.org.uk and licenses to use the ReQoL can be requested through the Clinical Outcomes website - http://innovation.ox.ac.uk/clinical-outcomes/.