IQuESTS Events & Workshops

The Benefits and Challenges of Co-Production in Applied Mental Health Research: IQuESTS Dissemination and Networking Event
12 November 2013, Sheffield

To celebrate the end of our five year applied research collaboration Improving the Quality and Effectiveness of Services, Therapies and Self-Management for Longer-Term Depression (IQuESTS), we held a one day conference in November 2013 on the theme of co-production.

The aim was to share learning on the benefits and challenges of co-production in applied mental health research, using the resources developed in South Yorkshire and other mental health related CLAHRCs.

The Event programme and presentations are available to download from our resources section here

The audience and participants included: current national and local CLAHRC partner organisations and representatives; IQuESTS local and national stakeholders; service users and carers and others involved with PPI; prospective CLAHRC2 partners and collaborators; Local Authorities and relevant Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health & Well-Being Boards.

Consensus Generating Workshop, 1st November 2011

This workshop brought together nearly 40 people who are clinicians/ practitioners, service providers/ managers, service users/ carers, commissioners/ planners, and researchers, in order to debate a list of 20 candidate ideas for testing in Work Package 3. A comprehensive briefing pack on the candidate ideas was made available before the workshop, and each idea was then presented and discussed in detail at the workshop. Structured consensus methods were used to capture delegates' views on which of these 20 should be put forward for consultation in a Delphi survey. In the end, consensus was achieved on 8 ideas. These were:

1. Widening access to non-therapy services
2. Work for well-being
3. Mindfulness based relapse prevention
4. Self-referral back to therapist after discharge
5. Help to get started and continue doing things
6. Better management and prevention of drop out
7. Physical health reviews
8. Green activities.

A copy of the delegate briefing pack describing all 20 ideas is available to download here.

These ideas will now be reviewed and prioritised using a Delphi process.

A copy of the presentation slides used in the workshop may be viewed in our resources section.

Please contact Rebecca Hutten for further information.

Learning from people about managing depression, 12th May 2011

This workshop bought together stakeholders with an interest in understanding and improving systems of care for people experiencing longer-term depression. As before, this included local and national service users, clinicians, managers and academics, in a series of thought-provoking discussion sessions around the anticipated and actual early findings from the qualitative research with people living with and managing this condition. Participants were divided in to smaller groups during the afternoon to enable some creative brainstorming, using 'leaves' to populate table-top trees, with suggestions for candidate ideas to pilot in work package 3. These ideas are currently being collated and reviewed, and a 'long list' developed of candidate ideas, from which, eventually, a top six suggestions will be taken forward for testing in work package 3.

Go to our resources section to see the presentation of early findings by Dr Sarah Cook.

Improving systems of care for longer-term depression, 27th January 2011

The January stakeholder workshop provided the opportunity for service users, clinicians, managers, clinicians and academics to engage with the IQuESTS project and to provide expert input into the modelling work currently being undertaken in Work Package 1. We were pleased to see a mix of people attending and are aware of the complexities when involving different groups of people. We aim to learn from this experience in order to make involvement more effective in the future.

The day long event began with a presentation by Jon Tosh (Work Package 1 lead) of the proposed economic model, and facilitated group discussions provided feedback and suggestions for improvements to the model. After lunch, Tom Ricketts explained how work package 1 would suggest potentially cost-effective improvements to the service which would be tested in the research clinic in Work Package 3. Group elicitation session were held to identify potential service improvements, which were presented and refined and will be taken forward by the Work Package 1 team.

Click here to view the slides from the presentations in our resources section.