Janice Connell BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences

Research Associate in Mental Health Outcomes Research                                                                 Janice Connell

Address:
Mental Health Research Unit
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 5208
Fax: (+44) (0)114 272 4095
E-mail: j.connell@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

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. http://www.hta.ac.uk/2465

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.

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. http://www.hta.ac.uk/2465

Key Publications

Connell J, Brazier JE, O'Cathain A, Lloyd-Jones M, Paisley S. Quality of life of people with mental health problems: a synthesis of qualitative research. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 22;10: 138
Connell J, Barkham M, Stiles WB, Twigg E, Singleton N, Evans O, Miles JNV (2007). Distribution of CORE-OM scores in a general population, clinical cut-off points, and comparison with the CIS-R. British Journal of Psychiatry 190:69-74.
Connell J, Barkham M (2008). Effectiveness of student counselling services: An analysis using the CORE-System. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 36(1):1-18.
Connell J, Barkham M, Mellor Clark J (2007). CORE-OM mental health norms of students attending university counselling services benchmarked against an age-matched primary care sample. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 35(1):41-57.
Connell J, Cahill J, Barkham M, Gilbody S, Madill A (2006). A systematic scoping review of the research on counselling in Higher and Further Education. British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Rugby.
Connell J, Barkham M, Regel S (2006). Evaluation of Trauma Counselling Services. Trauma Advisory Panel, Southern Health and Social Services Board, Northern Ireland.
Connell J, Grant S, Mullin T (2006). Client initiated termination of therapy at NHS primary care counselling services. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research 6:60-7.