The UK doesn't spend enough on mental health of young people – we found out why

In 2016 the then health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, declared child mental health services the “biggest single area of weakness” in the NHS. He might have added that it is also vastly underfunded. The mental health of children and young people accounts for less than 1% of all NHS spending.

A note from one of our PPI contributors

Dr Andrew Entwistle, a PPI contributor and carer for his twin brother, recently got in touch with us to give us his thoughts on PPI and CLAHRC Oxford.

Thank you to our PPI contributors

New College, in Oxford, was where we hosted an event to celebrate the ways in which public volunteers have worked with CLAHRC Oxford over its first five years.

Feeling nervous? Anxious? Do you feel you must do some PPI but don’t know where to start?

PPI Co-ordinator, Lynne Maddocks, introduces our PPI case studies – real world examples from real world researchers who have used PPI and (sometimes to their surprise!) found it beneficial to their work.

The impact of training sessions for our PPI Contributors

NIHR CLAHRC Oxford not only recognises the importance of public involvement to research but also the importance of supporting our public contributors to maximise their confidence and ability to contribute to our work and that of others.

How PPI helped develop a tool for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis

‘Strengthening And Stretching for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hands’, or ‘SARAH’ for short, is an evidence-based hand and arm exercise programme for people with rheumatoid arthritis. We already run a programme to train hand therapists, but can we help people with RA to follow SARAH on their own?

Are you trying to lose weight? Make it a success with science, scales and apps

Find out why you should use a weight-tracker and how to choose the right one.

How can the NHS be made more attractive for hosting commercial medical device studies? Insights from an NIHR industry engagement workshop

Post-doctoral sociologist Dr Alex Rushforth gives an account of the "How can the NIHR work more closely with MedTech and diagnostic companies?" workshop at the recent CLAHRC Oxford and Thames Valley CRN hosted "Data, drugs, diagnostics and devices: promoting collaboration between industry and the NHS" event.

Going to the PROMS

Elizabeth Gibbons gives us a breakdown of the 2nd National CLAHRC Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) Research Conference, held in Oxford on the 8th of June at St Anne's College.

Recovery Colleges: Learning how to get better, together.

Recovery colleges take an educational rather than a clinical or rehabilitation approach to improving mental health. Following an interesting and successful workshop at the CLAHRC Oxford Stakeholder Symposium in June, we asked Laura Dennis, Head of the Oxfordshire Recovery College, to give us some insight into how recovery colleges support their students on their recovery journey.

The NIHR doctoral training camp

CLAHRC Oxford DPhil students Kerstin Frei and Lousie Peeling share their experiences of attending the NIHR's Doctoral Training Camp, which this year focussed on Communications.

SARAH: Implementing an evidence-based hand exercise programme into NHS practice

Dr Cynthia Srikesavan reveals what the SARAH hand exercise programme for Rheumatoid arthritis is, and how this CLAHRC Oxford funded project is working to get it into regular NHS use as quickly as possible.

What do we know about online patient feedback?

What research has been done into online patient feedback about their health experiences? What do we know right now, and what can we learn from it?

Implementation science: reflecting on running an implementation project for low back pain

Personal reflections and borrowing from marketings bag of tricks: Dr Beth Fordham gives her thoughts and experiences on a project implementing Back Skills Training in real-world clinics.

What I learned from running PPI seminars

Lynne Maddocks, Coordinator of Patient & Public Involvement, shares her experience of piloting a series of seminars for our Patient and Public Involvement contributors, to help them be ready to shape the design, delivery and dissemination of our research.

Adolescence and Mental Health: A Very Short Introduction

What is adolescence and why does behaviour change so much during adolescence ? How does it affect mental health and what do we know about that? What are we doing to help younger people with mental health problems? This is a write up from a short public talk for Oxfordshire Science Festival covering these questions.

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