Ben Hannigan

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Ben Hannigan is Reader in Mental Health Nursing in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University. He uses ideas and methods from across the health and social sciences to study mental health systems, and has researched and written in these interrelated areas: policy; service organisation and delivery; work, roles and values; the characteristics and wellbeing of the workforce; practitioner education; and user and carer experiences. Ben is an active, founding, member of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK. He was winner of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales Research in Nursing Award in 2015, and joined the Health and Care Research Wales Social Care Research Award Funding Board in 2016. He is an experienced editorial board member and peer reviewer for both journals and research funding bodies. Ben’s workplace website is at, and a list of his publications can be found at His personal blog is at, and he tweets via @benhannigan


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Collaborative care may help older adults with subthreshold depression: CASPER trial


Ben Hannigan summarises the new CASPER trial of collaborative care versus usual care for older adults with subthreshold depression.

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Specialist depression service may help people with persistent depression


Ben Hannigan reports on a recent RCT of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a specialist depression service versus usual specialist mental health care to manage persistent depression.

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Collaborative care for depression: acceptable, effective and affordable


Ben Hannigan writes his debut blog on the CADET cluster RCT, which investigates the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of collaborative care for depression in UK primary care.

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