We work closely with staff, service users, carers and researchers to help develop our psychosis services.
We combine service delivery with education and research, in partnership with our colleagues at Brighton University, Surrey University, Sussex University and the Sussex Psychosis Research Interest Group.
Our group includes representatives from services across Sussex Partnership, including different staff groups, experts through experience and carers.
Our priorities have been selected based on the needs of our local psychosis population, the outcomes of recent service audits and evaluations, and recent research evidence.
We developed the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Clinical Model and Care Pathway which underpins our work.
We're currently working on:
- Core standards for people with psychosis and their carers
- Developing an optimum care pathway for people with complex needs.
We have developed a menu of care and interventions, which sets out the main treatments that may be offered to people experiencing psychosis.
Menu of intervention
Education and training
We have a strategic focus on developing new psychosis-specific training. We offer:
- Postgraduate training courses/masterclasses in cognitive behavioural therapy in psychosis, family therapy and family intervention for psychosis (with Surrey University)
- Medical education by Dr Jason Read (co-chair) and Jill Scholl (carer and core group representative)
- Bite size training, including psychosis and sleep, psychosis and autism, psychosis and CBT informed interventions, physical health
Our research programme, developed through collaboration and consultation with service users, has been improving care across the organisation. Our main research focus is on:
- Improving engagement with and implementation of new interventions and therapies; and developing new approaches
- Unusual distressing experiences (e.g. voice hearing experiences)
- Social and occupational outcomes for our service users
- We also support research in a range of other areas such as therapies to improve memory and thinking skills, and physical health, studies to understand the best approaches to medication use, and interventions to support carers and families of our service users.
Most of our research is funded by grants which we have secured from the Department of Health and other funding bodies.
We hold regular seminars that are open to the public, and we support clinics, such as the voices clinic, which help us to put research into practice. For more details see Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG)
Get involved with research
By signing up to the Research Network, you can find out more about our studies and receive regular newsletters and information. In addition, the service user research forum and lived experience advisory forum are our two research consultation groups, open to people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information about getting involved with research please contact firstname.lastname@example.org