New research studies funded for Clinical Research Day
"Delineating mechanisms of change in psychotherapy for distressing voices" follows our successful Mindfulness for Voices research and is a pilot study which looks in more detail at which elements of therapy are most useful for people who hear voices. The study will use a smart phone app to establish how patients experience positive change when engaging in a therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp). The research team will use this information to improve and refine group therapies for people who hear voices so that they can be made more widely available.
"Repeat detentions under Section 136: views from service users identifying best practice to breaking the cycle" will explore the relationship between people being repeatedly detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act (1983) and personality disorder and other complex needs. Sussex has particularly high rates of detention and excessive use of police custody, with almost double the national average of those detained going to police cells.
Those who are detained in this way and have personality disorder are rarely admitted to hospital or go on to have treatment, instead being at high risk of repeat detention and long lasting negative outcomes. By developing interventions with service users that enable people to gain control of their emotional and crisis management, the research team aim to address concerns about repeat detentions in Sussex, improve support to those who are detained and break the cycle of repeat detention. This study is linked to our work on the joint Home Office and Department of Health national review into Section 136.
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