Social & Community
The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry is located at the Newham Centre for Mental Health in the London Borough of Newham.
It closely collaborates with local clinical services, and has strong international links. Since 2012 it is a WHO Collaborating Centre, the only one specifically designated for Mental Health Services Development in the world.
The Unit also provides undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
Core resources of the Unit jointly funded through Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT; Priebe is Research Director).
Staff core resources are a Professor (Stefan Priebe), two Lecturers (Domenico Giacco, tba), and a Unit Manager (Carolanne Ellis).
About further 20 research staff and PhD students are funded through grants. There also are 2-3 research students from abroad, 5-8 clinicians with part time research activities, and a part time statistician (Stephen Bremner).
The Unit is closely linked with the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit (Priebe is Deputy Director).
Since 2007, the Unit has generated more than £11m competitive research income since 2007, and published more than 200 peer reviewed research papers. Funding bodies include the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute of Health Research, the Department of Health, and the European Commission.
- Comparing policy framework, structure, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of functional and integrated systems of mental health care (COFI) 2013-2018 by the European Commission (Directorate General for Research and Innovation)
- Effective patient-clinician interaction to improve treatment outcomes for patients with psychosis (EPOS) 2010 to 2015 Programme Grant for Applied Research by the National Institute for Health Research
- Volunteering in mental health care for patients with psychosis (VOLUME) 2013-2017 Programme Grant for Applied Research by the National Institute for Health Research
- Financial incentives to improve adherence to anti-psychotic maintenance medication in non-adherent patients – a cluster randomised controlled trial (FIAT) 2009 to 2013 by the National Institute for Health Research, Health Technology Assessment Programme
- Financial incentives to improve adherence to anti-psychotic maintenance medication in non-adherent patients - a cluster randomised controlled trial – three year follow-up; Extension Grant (FIAT) 2013 to 2015 by the National Institute for Health Research, Health Technology Assessment Programme
- Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Body Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia – A multi-centre randomised controlled trial (NESS) 2011 to 2014 by the National Institute for Health Research, Health Technology Assessment Programme
- Involvement of carers in acute treatment of patients with psychosis (UCLP CLAHRC (NHS part)) 2014 to 2018 by the East London Foundation NHS Trust/ Other UCLP Trusts
- A pilot trial to assess the effect of a structured communications approach on Quality of Life in secure mental health settings (Comquol) 2009 to 2012 by the Research for Patient Benefit Programme of the National Institute for Health Research; Chief Investigator: D. MacInnes (University of Canterbury)
- Reducing Conflict and Containment in Psychiatry 2009 to 2013 by the National Institute for Health Research; Chief Investigator: L. Bowers (King’s College London)
- Developing and piloting a new intervention to improve psychiatrist-patient communication about psychosis 2010 – 2013 by the Research for Patient Benefit Programme of the National Institute for Health Research; Chief Investigator: R. McCabe
- Institutionalised care for people with mental disorders in South America: indicators and trends (INCAS) 2012 – 2015 by the European Commission (Marie Curie Actions)
- Quality and Effectiveness of Supported Tenancies for people with mental health problems (QuEST) 2012 to 2015 by the Programme Grant for Applied Research by the National Institute for Health Research; Principal Investigator at Queen Mary, University of London. Chief Investigator: H. Killaspy (University College London)
- Karin Albani
- Victoria Bird
- Thomas Booker
- Catherine Carr
- Megan Cassidy
- Elizabeth Corker
- Mariana Pinto Da Costa
- Aysegul Dirik
- Carolanne Ellis-Brewer
- Rawda El-Nagib
- Aida Farreny
- Domenico Giacco
- Justina Kaselionyte
- Husnara Khanom
- Aleksandra Matanov
- Rose McGranhahan
- Hana Pavlickova
- Professor Stefan Priebe
- Sophie Walsh