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Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust provides community health, mental health and learning disability services for a population of approximately 1.3 million people throughout Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Luton. Their mental health services provide a wide range of treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness both as inpatients and within the community. Find out more about Essex Partnership here.

Essex Partnership specialises in research in mental health, neurodegeneration, severe mental illness, alcohol and substances, child and adolescent mental health, dementia, forensic psychiatry, and much more.

Staff and service users are currently being recruited from Essex Partnership for the Randomised Controlled Trial in WP4, and will be recruited in the future for the Process Evaluation in WP5.

Meet the Research Team

Dr Abu Abraham (Principal Investigator)

Dr Abraham has over 20 years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of mental illness and psychological problems. He has made significant contributions to education and training in the NHS for which he was awarded at a national level, receiving the Trainer of the Year, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2014). He has also been involved in several service improvement projects and audits within the NHS and won the Best Poster prize at the Royal College of Psychiatrist Eastern Division conference in 2013. Dr Abraham also supervised several programmes such as the chief resident programme and quality improvement fellows. For this work his supervisee won the Trainee Leader of the year award in 2015 in the Eastern Region.

His diverse roles over the years include Consultant Psychiatrist, Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust ( EPUT), as well as a variety of senior education and lecturer positions.

Helen Blake (Clinical Studies Officer)

Helen started as a Clinical Studies Officer back in 2009, as part of the North London Hub of the Mental Health Research Network, and was initially based at ELFT. She then moved to work within the Essex trusts, now EPUT.  When Helen's not ferrying her son around to his numerous activities, she likes to socialise with friends and family and enjoy the odd Gin and tonic.

Helen Blake (Clinical Studies Officer)