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Amy Clark, Sean Cross and Helen Lewis at Health Foundation 'scaling up' project launch
Health Foundation 'Scaling Up' launch: A launch event was held at the British Medical Association, London on Friday 1st July to launch its current 'Scaling Up' Improvements programme.

A project headed by King's College London, in collaboration with University of York, was one of 7 projects included in this round of funding by the Health Foundation for their ‘scaling up’ Improvement programme. The project is entitled '3 Dimensions for Long-term Conditions (3DLC), Integrating mental, physical and social care in long term conditions'. The project will run for 2 years. The project will scale up the award-winning service, 3 Dimensions of Care for Diabetes (3DFD). 

Members of the CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Mental Health and Comorbidities Theme, headed by Professor Simon Gilbody will be providing and independent multi-method evaluation of the project. 

Pictured above: Amy Clark, Sean Cross and Helen Lewis at the Health Foundation 'scaling up' project launch

Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships, Fully Funded Scholarships – October 2016 Entry:

An opportunity to undertake a funded PhD: Developing and evaluating aide-memoire and mHealth interventions to support medication adherence in co-morbid severe mental illness and physical health patients.

The PhD is part of the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships scheme, and will be part-funded through the CLAHRC Yorkshire & Humber Mental Health Theme.  The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a maintenance grant (£14,057 for session 2015/16). 

The closing date is 26th February. Interested applicants should get in touch at the earliest possible stage to enable us to advise on the preparation of a strong application. Informal inquiries to

Further details can be found here:

Patient Public Involvement event:

On the 21st July 2015 the Sheffield team of the mental health and co-morbidities theme held a Patient Public Involvement (PPI) event at the Showroom cinema in Sheffield. The aim was to introduce the different research projects we are running and get feedback. At the event the attendees were asked to comment from their experience, what had worked (or failed) in their care, essentially what were we missing? Unusually for the mental health group, we were interested to hear from people with a physical health conditions.

International Collaboration: Prof Liz Hughes organised guest speakers from Columbia University, Professor Francine Cournos and Karen McKinnon, to present 'Sexual Health and Mental Illness spanning the decades', at the University of York, Department of Health Sciences, on 10th July 2015.  Further collaboration is underway with Professor Hughes and the Columbian team to replicate the "Photobox" study; a study into stigma in sexual and mental health. 

SCIMITAR trial recruitment:  The SCIMITAR trial, (Smoking Cessation Intervention for Severe Mental Ill Health Trial: a definitive randomised evaluation of a bespoke cessation service), funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment, will be recruiting from early September 2015 to the end of December 2016. This trial is being managed by Dr Emily Peckham (

Smoking Cessation Staff Survey: A staff survey looking at people’s attitudes and feelings, perceived barriers and facilitators to adopting a ‘smoke free’ environment in mental health trusts is underway and is being run by Moira Leahy ( of the University of Sheffield. The survey is being rolled out in Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford District Care Trust, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and is expected to be completed in summer 2015.