NIHR ARC KSS - Starting Well: Children and Young People's Mental Health

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Join us for the NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex digital event for Starting Well: Children and Young People's Mental Health

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NIHR Applied Research Collaborative in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Starting Well: Children and Young People's Mental Health

This exciting event will give you the opportunity to hear how children’s mental health research and innovation is being applied across Kent, Surrey and Sussex through the NIHR ARC with a particular emphasis on: impact of Covid-19 on hard to reach groups; how research can be used to inform restoration and recovery of mental health services across Kent, Surrey and Sussex; how innovation can be applied at pace to deliver mental health digital solutions: plus examples of how young people can be engaged in research.

This event will be chaired by Mary John (Acting Head of School of Psychology and Head of Department of Psychological Interventions at University of Sussex).

It will include:

• An overview of ARC KSS (Professor Stephen Peckham, University of Kent)

• An overview of the Starting Well: CYP Mental Health Theme and the research being undertaken and innovation spread (Prof David Fowler, University of Sussex and Becca Randell, ARC KSS)

• Early findings from the research into the psychological impact of Covid-19 in hard to reach communities in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (Claire Vella, University of Sussex)

• Feedback on research into impact of Covid-19 on care leavers in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (Dr Helen Drew – University of Sussex, Valerie Dunn – Creative Research Collective & Dr Aine Kelly, Care Leaver and University of Oxford)

• Progress on research into therapeutic conversations held face to face or via video (Prof Nicola Yuill – University of Sussex & Zubeida Dasgupta – Your Sussex Psychologist)

• Using research in recovery and restoration of mental health services (Dr Gavin Lockhart, NHS England, HEE and University of Sussex)

• How to engage young people in the Sussex Youth Research Café (Abi Thomson, SPFT)

• An example of digital innovation – E-Wellbeing (Nicola Harvey, YMCA).


Who should attend?

Those interested in children and young people’s mental health including members of the public and communities, health & social care clinicians and support staff, commissioners, project managers, research leads from the NHS, local authorities, other providers of health & social care organisations, voluntary sector and community interest companies, emergency services, industry.

What will I learn?

By attending this event, you will learn about the NIHR ARC KSS applied health and social care themes, with particular focus on children’s mental health. It is an opportunity to hear about the research funded by NIHR ARC KSS with a particular focus on impact of Covid-19 on hard to reach groups, how research can be used to inform restoration and recovery of mental health services, how innovation can be applied at pace to deliver mental health digital solutions and examples of how young people can be engaged in research.

What do I need to do to attend?

Spaces may be limited, therefore, to secure your slot and avoid disappointment, please register your interest to attend the event as soon as possible.

Further details and a link to the main event will be sent to you within a few days of your registration.

If over-subscribed we will share recordings of the event after the event and an opportunity to sign up to communities of practice.

What is the NIHR ARC KSS?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) is a collaboration of NHS Trusts, local authorities, universities, communities and other partners within the South East of England.

Led by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with Professor Stephen Peckham (University of Kent), our aim is to improve the quality, quantity and relevance of health and social care research, translating this into better care for people living both regionally and nationally.

To do this we face the following regional challenges:

  • Significant social deprivation, mainly located in our coastal towns.
  • Numerous GP practice closures resulting in a high GP to patient ratio.
  • Higher than average children in care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and young people with self-harm and emotional problems.
  • A higher proportion of older people whose numbers are growing faster than the national average.
  • The highest concentration of people with dementia in the UK.

In developing the NIHR ARC KSS, we have strengthened partnerships between Sustainability and Transformation Programmes (STP) and Integrated Care Services (ICS), researchers, NHS organisations and social care agencies, the public and communities, voluntary sector and industry. We will work together with these partners to ensure that recommendations from our research findings are put into practice to improve treatment and person-centred care.

Sign up to future events

Look out for information about how to register for the other ARC KSS digital launch events taking place in October and November.

- Improving Capacity within the Research Workforce

- Dementia and Healthy Ageing and Health and Social Care Economics

- Social Care with Public Health and Co-production

- Primary and Community Care and Digital.

How can I find out more about the NIHR ARC KSS and keep in touch?

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