Research in East London has influenced public and professional debates on policy and clinical issues in mental health care on local, national and international levels.

Contributions to National Debates in Mental Health Care

There are several on-going debates that have been sparked and informed by research in the Trust. Examples are:

  • the use of financial incentives to improve medication adherence
  • self-harm by inpatients on acute psychiatric wards
  • the most appropriate care for serious violent and sexual offenders
  • the implications of hazardous drinking; and
  • the future of mental health care in the light of trends towards 're-institutionalisation' that has been shown across various countries in central and western Europe.

Contribution to Service Improvements in the Trust

Our research has also benefited patients in East London directly. The design of several services in the Trust have been heavily influenced by our research. This contributed to their successful commissioning.

  • The Day Hospital in Newham, which has been shown to be more effective than conventional in-patient care
  • The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Service for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder in Newham, which has been evaluated in a rigorous trial. The study prompted the NHS to fund increased capacity of the service.
  • Non-verbal therapies, which were studied in two trials in the Trust. A successful study on Body Psychotherapy in the treatment of negative symptoms of schizophrenia contributed to the NICE recommendation for such therapies. It also influenced the strategy for non-verbal therapies of the Trust. The strategy is being implemented.

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