The Research and Development team have made an enormous contribution to the largest interventional mental health trial ever conducted in the UK.
The HOME Study looked at whether introducing a new approach called Proactive Liaison Psychiatry (PLP) to the identification and management of psychological problems for older people in acute general hospital wards would reduce the time that older people spend in hospital. All patients over the age of 65 who were admitted to the RD&E on five specific wards were asked if they are willing to participate in the project.
Our presence on the ward resulted in great collaboration between our organisation and the RD&E, with researchers and PLP clinicians on the wards daily, embedding research into an acute clinical setting and bridging the gap between mental and physical healthcare. Over 22 months we recruited 1273 people, exceeding our initial target of 1000 participants. Compared to Oxford R&D team who recruited 1056 and the Cambridge R&D team who recruited 413.
The results are currently in the process of analysis and we will share these when they are published. Due to this huge contribution to research, the DPT Research team have been shortlisted for the NIHR South West Research Awards for the Outstanding Research Contribution Team Award.
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