The featured article is a Department of Health document ‘The National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) – Establishing the Mental Health Research Network’ and freely here. The document begins with the difficulties in mental health research and the need to bridge the gap between research and practice. The Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) is contained within the National Institute for Mental Health In England (NIMHE). Advantages to this approach in terms of advancing the objectives of the National Service Framework for Mental Health are identified. The derivation of evidence based mental health services from the research is emphasised as is the central role played by service users, families and carers in influencing the research programme. The scope of the MHRN is then discussed and essentially the research programmes apply to a number of types of services and a comprehensive range of populations. The structure of the MHRN is then outlined and the three key functions of delivering large research projects to inform policy, identifying NHS/social care research needs and to develop research capacity. The organisation of the MHRN is then described and summarised in a diagram which shows the interrelationships between the MHRN advisory group, local academia, the NHS, social care partnerships and various funding agencies. The roles of the staff in the MHRT are outlined as well as some more specifics of the posts. There follows a more detailed description of some of the relationships mentioned earlier including that of NICE, SCIE and the commission for health improvement. Criteria for establishing the MHRN are then discussed in detail. This is a short document which describes the essential features of the MHRN efficiently and clarifies the many roles of this network.
STT3 (Policy about research, which may identify effective treatments, which then need to be incorporated into policy)
The Mental Health Research Network website is here.
Steps To Treatment (STT)
STT = Steps To Treatment. An estimate of the number of steps between the results and translation into practice i.e. treatment. This is an opinion.
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