Involvement Opportunity: Research study about working with social isolation and loneliness in a secondary care older people’s mental health team: the experience of service-users and healthcare professionals.

Title: Working with social isolation and loneliness in a secondary care older people’s mental health team: the experience of service-users and healthcare professionals.

Project: The aim of this study is to find out what the Cambridge Older People’s Mental Health Team are currently doing to address social aspects of service-users’ recovery (social isolation and loneliness), and understand how it compares with current best evidence and the service-user’s perspective. This study will focus on service-users with depression as current evidence suggests loneliness is most strongly linked with depression. It is also practical to focus on a single diagnostic group given the time-limited nature of this study.

This study will help to develop the knowledge to work more systematically and effectively with the social aspects of our service-users’ recovery from depression. It is hoped that this could lead the way to developing and implementing a practice model for working with this issue.

Research questions are:

1)           How do healthcare professionals in the Older People’s Mental Health team work with social aspects of recovery?

  • Are we addressing social isolation, loneliness or both?
  • Are we tailoring interventions to whether it is social isolation or loneliness?
  • How does what we are doing compare to what the current best evidence suggests?

2)           For older adult service-users with a diagnosis of depression: What do service-users think of what we are doing to address social aspects of their recovery?

Research Team: Dr Loveday Newman, Clinical Psychologist, Cambridge and Ely Stepped Care Therapies for Older People, Older People’s Mental Health, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Alistair Gaskell (Clinical Psychologist, Older People’s Mental Health), Dr Louise Lafortune and Dr Robbie Duschinksy  (external supervisors for the project, University of Cambridge)

Involvement: We are seeking people with interest in this study and/or relevant lived experience to review the research proposal, information sheets and consent forms and provide feedback from a patient/carer/public perspective in writing if possible or via tel/meeting.

Time commitment: up to 3 hrs

Payment: Members will receive £15 per hour for their time and contribution. Please note, this income may have implications for those claiming benefits. All income must be declared to the Inland Revenue.

If you’re interested please email Iliana at iliana.rokkou@cpft.nhs.uk

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