Janice Connell

BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences

School of Health and Related Research

Research Associate in Mental Health Outcomes Research

j.connell@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5208

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Janice Connell
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
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My first research post, from 2002 to 2007, was at the Psychological Therapies Research Centre (PTRC), University of Leeds, working on a project to develop the CORE Outcome Measure (CORE-OM) and CORE Audit and Evaluation System (CORE-A). This is now the most widely used outcome measure/evaluation system in UK psychotherapy services.

After spending some time producing evaluation and benchmarking reports for psychotherapy services using the CORE System, the subsequent development and analysis of the CORE National Database has resulted in the collaborative authorship of over 20 academic papers relating to the audit of an evaluation of mental health services, benchmarking and the psychometric properties of the CORE-OM.

In addition to this, I also led and published reports on a systematic scoping review of student counselling services for the BACP and the evaluation of trauma counselling service in Northern Ireland for the Southern Health and Social Services Board, Northern Ireland.

From 2007 to Dec 2009 I was seconded from Leeds University to Sheffield University to work on the evaluation of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. This involved my first foray into the evaluation of mental health services using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In conjunction with the analysis of routinely collected service data, the evaluation included interviewing key stakeholders and service users to investigate service delivery and service user experience.

The resulting interest in service evaluation from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective has culminated in a research role at ScHARR investigating the appropriateness of existing generic preference based quality of life measures (E5-QD and SF-36) for mental health service users.

The project is considering this question from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective. My focus is primarily on the qualitative aspect of the research which involves conducting a systematatic review and synthesis of existing qualitative studies and taking lessons/theories learned from this into interviews with people with a range of mental health difficulties recruited from primary and secondary care.

I am also currently the local project manager for a HTA funded multi-centred study investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of self-help interventions for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 

Current projects

  • Validating generic preference based questionnaires of health in mental health populations: Your mental health and its effect on your quality of life - are we asking the right questions? – PI: Prof John Brazier, ScHARR, Department of Health Economics and Decision Science
  • Obsessive Compulsive Treatment Efficacy Trial (OCTET) – PI: Professor Karina Lovell, Professor of Mental Health, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester. 
Research interests

My research interests revolve around mental health and the evaluation of mental health services from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective. In particular, I am interested in the measurement of quality of life of people with mental health problems.

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  • Parry G, Barkham M, Brazier J, Dent-Brown K, Hardy G, Kendrick T, Rick J, Chambers E, Chan T, Connell J , Hutten R et al (2011) An evaluation of a new service model: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies demonstration sites 2006-2009. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hutten R, Parry GD, Barkham , Brazier , Dent-Brown , Hardy , Rick J, Chambers , Connell , de Lusignan S , Mukuria et al (2011) An evaluation of a new service model: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies demonstration sites 2006-2009, Final Report. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rick J, Hutten R, Chambers E, Connell J, Hardy G & Parry G (2010) Implementing IAPT: Early findings from the demonstration sites. Interim Report of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Evaluation RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hutten R, Rick J, Chambers E, Connell J, Hardy G & Parry GD (2010) Implementing IAPT: lessons from the demonstration sites. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Brazier J, Keetharuth A, Connell J, Carlton J, Buck ET, Ricketts T & Barkham M Constructing a classification system for a new QALY measure in mental health: recovering quality of life (ReQoL). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brazier J, Keetharuth A, Connell J, Barkham M & Ricketts T ReQoL: Recovering Quality of LIfe. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Keetharuth D, Connell J, Karimi M, Barkham M, Ricketts T & Brazier J ReQol - Recovering Quality of Life (Quality in Mental Health Conference 23 March 2015). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Connell J, Brazier J & Keetharuth A Development of the Recovering Quality of Life Measure (2014). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brazier J, Keetharuth A, Connell J, Carlton J, Ricketts T, Buck ET & Barkham M First validation of the Recovering Quality of Life measures: a new PROM for use in mental health. RIS download Bibtex download