Lucy is currently Research Fellow at NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham. She has been a mental health services researcher since 1998 and has a strong interest in ‘active involvement’. That is, how people experiencing mental distress can direct their own care and influence the way services are delivered. This encompasses their vital role in influencing service design, research and education for health professionals. Her current work aims to do this with a digital twist!
Lucy Simons invites YOU to tell us what you think are the most important questions about using digital technology for mental health.
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Lucy Simons discusses whether peer support interventions can help to provide physical health improvements for people living with severe mental illness.[read the full story...]
Lucy Simons considers the findings of an ethnographic study led by Diana Rose that observed in-depth how service user-led organisations work to change mental health services.[read the full story...]
Lucy Simons highlights the RAPPORT study and the importance of strong relationships between PPI (patient and public involvement) representatives and researchers, which are seen to be essential for PPI to become normal practice in research.[read the full story...]
Lucy Simons summarises a recent study of treatment research priorities, which concludes that research on drugs is preferred by researchers, but evaluation of non-drug treatments is preferred by patients and clinicians.[read the full story...]
Lucy Simons and Chris Sampson appraise a recent evaluation of peer-led self-management training for people with severe mental illness.[read the full story...]
Lucy Simons reports on a meta-ethnography that explores what facilitates peer support for perinatal mental illness. Her key finding from appraising the review is that women who experience perinatal mental illness need support from the right sort of peer (i.e. women who have had mental distress in the context of motherhood) to make the relationship beneficial and to aid recovery.[read the full story...]
Lucy Simons and Paul Radin summarise the latest Evidence Update from NICE relating to their 2011 guidance to improve service user experience[read the full story...]
. Peer support has been a hot topic in the woodland recently. Although there appears to be a lack of evidence to support the clinical effectiveness of peer support interventions for people with severe mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it is an approach that is highly valued by many. It might be [read the full story…]
While it is predicted that depression will achieve the status of the biggest disease burden in the Western World before too long, providing access to evidence-based clinical interventions (medicines and talking treatments) for this growing number of people is a source of concern. Supporting people to take steps to actively self-manage their symptoms and condition [read the full story…]