CLAHRC NW Coast has offered research internships to partner organisations as these schemes are popular with individuals interested in pursuing a clinical academic career. A project completed as part of a research internship in 2016/17 was submitted and has been accepted for publication as a peer-reviewed manuscript https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-10-2017-0043. This mental health project on service user engagement with a recovery college was fully supported by the CLAHRC NW Coast partner organisation managers, and findings from this work have now been implemented and resulted in changes to how the service is delivered, taking on board the views and experiences of the service users included in the final report and publication.
Recovery colleges are offered nationally, and evidence from this research will be shared and implemented more widely.
Contribution of CLAHRC North West Coast
CLAHRC NW Coast supported the intern with salary backfill, academic supervisors for the research project, a structured training programme including ethical review, research methodology and writing workshops. The intern was also supported with dissemination of the findings and preparation of the manuscript. The resulting report and publication provided the evidence that informed the changes to the Recovery College service provision. Social media was also used to communicate and disseminate the work of the intern, and a video recording of their experiences of their internship was also produced. The intern is currently exploring building upon the internship.
What happened next
Recovery colleges are offered nationally, and evidence from this research will be shared and implemented more widely. This is currently being explored with other CLAHRC NWC partner organisations offering this service in the region, and is included in the directory of projects being offered to the Partner Priority Programme to be developed as an Implementation Plan.