Dr Martin Webber gave two presentations about the Connecting People study at an NIHR School for Social Care Research mental health research seminar on Thursday 5th December 2013 in London.
The seminar heard presentations from:
- Jerry Tew on family approaches to reablement
- Julia Stroud on service user and practitioner experiences of Community Treatment Orders
- Eva Cyhlarova on direct payments for people who lack capacity
- Rich Watts on employment supports for people with mental health problems
Slides from the event will be posted on the NIHR School for Social Care Research in due course. However, in the meantime here are the two presentations he gave on the Connecting People Study:
Presentation #1: Developing a social capital intervention for people with psychosis: an ethnographic study of social capital generation and mobilisation
Presentation #2: Social care interventions that promote social participation and well-being: A mixed methods study
To get a flavour of the discussion during the event, please click on the link below to take you to the twitter stream:
Here is issue 4 of the Connecting People newsletter. In this issue we have updates from the team as well as news about the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research (ICMHSR). We also take a closer look at one of the agencies involved in the study, n-compass.
Please let us know what you think of the newsletter. Also, if you have ideas for things you want to see in Issue 5 please get in touch.
The Connecting People Study Team
Here is issue 3 of the Connecting People newsletter. In this issue we have updates from the team as well as news of the development of a new training package encompassing video footage of the Connecting People Intervention in action. We also take a closer look at one of the agencies involved in the study.
Please let us know what you think of the newsletter. Also, if you have ideas for things you want to see in Issue 4 please get in touch.
The Connecting People Study Team
We have now conducted 119 interviews with participants from 13 different agencies. As previously confirmed, our recruitment target for the study is 240 interviews to be conducted by the end of April 2013. With the continued support of the agencies, we are hopeful that the final 3 weeks of recruitment can take us much closer to our target!
The recruitment stage is critical to ensuring the CPI study can produce meaningful results of health and social care practice in England.
Once again a massive thank you must go out to everyone who has been involved with these interviews up to now; participants, agencies, interviewers and study administrators. Your continued support with this process is greatly appreciated!
The Connecting People study was presented to the European Conference for Social Work Research (ECSWR) in Finland in March. This international conference brought together social work academics from across Europe and beyond.
I (Martin) presented two papers on behalf of the research team. The first discussed the methodology of the pilot study and presented some baseline data (abstract below). It was sandwiched between a paper on Kellogg’s approach to programme evaluation from Germany and one on critical realism from Finland. I received questions about how we are measuring fidelity to the Connecting People Intervention, which has prompted us to review our fidelity measure in our next team meeting to ensure it is fit for purpose.
The second was part of a symposium on randomised controlled trials in social work organised by Jonathan Scourfield of Cardiff University. I spoke about the development of the Connecting People Intervention model, which is the first phase of the development, evaluation and implementation of complex social interventions. This was followed by three UK examples of intervention trials in social work and a glimpse of how they work in Australia. Although frequently problematic and pragmatic, these types of study are helping to provide rigorous evidence about the effectiveness of social work practice.
Our pilot study is helping us to evaluate if the Connecting People Intervention improves outcomes for people using social work, social care and health services. Its findings will inform practice and future grant applications to conduct a randomised controlled trial, if it appears effective.
We are now in the final phase of recruitment of participants for the study – just one more month to go until recruitment closes. A huge ‘thank you’ to all the agencies, practitioners and service users participating in the study so far!
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are one of the 15 agencies participating in the Connecting People study. Social workers there are busily recruiting participants for the study until recruitment closes on 30th April.
The February issue of the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) newsletter Mental Health Researcher, which provides news from the MHRN East Midlands and South Yorkshire hub, featured an article on the Connecting People study. It provides a valuable insight into what taking part in this study involves and what practitioners think of the Connecting People Intervention model:
After a slow start with recruitment of participants for the study, December 2012 through to February 2013 have seen a real improvement in uptake.
We have now conducted 86 interviews with participants from 13 different agencies. Our recruitment target for the study is 240 interviews by the end of April 2013. The recruitment stage is critical to ensuring the CPI study can produce meaningful results of health and social care practice in England. With that in mind a big thank you must go out to everyone who has been involved with these interviews up to now; participants, agencies, interviewers and study administrators. Your support with this process is greatly appreciated!
Reporter Andy McNicoll attended last week’s Connecting People Workshop and wrote an article for Community Care, the online source ‘for everyone in social care’, describing how the Connecting People Model fits into current social work practice. Read Andy’s article here.
Photo Credit: Stephen Chapman
Researcher Meredith recently visited the Way Forward Programme in Isle of Wight, a third sector agency which promotes development opportunities for people with learning disabilities and others who need support to maintain good mental health. Way Forward, led by Lee White, has been rapidly expanding its services across the island.
On this particular day there was much activity! The day centre hosted more than 30 individuals throughout the day and they were engaged with activities ranging from building and painting props for their upcoming performance of Mama Mia, to taking a dance and aerobics course, to learning new computer games with staff. The centre was also visited by a small group of women who made a donation to the charity (cheque pictured above!). Robert Evans, brother of a service user, also visited the centre that day. Robert is running the London Marathon 2013 on behalf of the Way Forward Programme. If you’d like to donate to his marathon fundraising for the charity email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is Issue 2 of the Connecting People Newsletter. In this issue we are looking at the Connecting People Intervention in Practice, recruitment to the study and the process of interviewing participants.
Please let us know what you think of the newsletter. Also, if you have ideas for things you want to see in Issue 3 please get in touch.
The Connecting People Study Team