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

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

Living Well with Longer-Term Depression - The IQuESTS film

This is a film about living with longer-term depression, the different impacts – both positive and negative – that depression can have, and the things that services can do to help people to manage. Made in collaboration with partners in the IQuESTS project, the film profiles the perspectives of service users, NHS clinicians, University and peer researchers and advocates. It is set against the green outdoor spaces of Sheffield parks in Spring. The film provides first hand accounts of living with longer-term depression, and working collaboratively through the IQuESTS project to identify effective self-management strategies and training materials for carers and professionals. 

The film is available to watch on the CLAHRC for South Yorkshire Vimeo site here
and via the CLAHRC-SY website here

Self-Management of Longer-Term Depression: A guide for carers and professionals

Our training packs for carers and professionals living or working with people with long term depression are now available for download. 

These have been produced and piloted in collaboration with our partners, Sheffield User Survivor Trainers and are based on the research findings from our research 'Work Package Two:'Understanding self-management: learning from the patient.' 

The packs are available free of charge from our resources section

We do ask you to register your name and organisation/ location before downloading so that we can track usage and demonstrate this to our funders. The information collected is confidential and will not be used for anything other than monitoring purposes.

We hope you find the packs helpful, and would welcome feedback via Lindsey Bishop-Edwards if you wish to give it.

Lessons from modelling longer-term depression in Sheffield

Through IQuESTS Work package 1 we have developed a quantified decision model which examines the flow of patients with longer term depression through the Sheffield NHS care system and the resulting costs and outcomes. We describe the results of this work in our journal paper:

Innovation in health economic modelling of service improvements for longer-term depression: demonstration in a local health community. 
BMC health services research, 13, p.150. 
Tosh, J. et al., 2013.

Click here for link to this article through our resources section

The model has proved useful in helping us appraise the cost effectiveness of service improvement ideas for IQuESTS and beyond. After developing the model for IQuESTs purposes, we decided to see if it could be of use to other areas wanting to review their systems of care for people with depression. We found that the model is flexible and can be adapted to use in other areas. However, variation in the way stepped care for depression is implemented across England means this task is not straightforward. 

This short discussion paper explores the issues involved.

Testing service improvements

Our Sheffield based research clinic is currently recruiting patients who are being seen within the Focussed Depression Team to take part in testing three service improvement ideas. We are looking for people to complete at least one new service each, in addition to their usual psychotherapy treatment. Every patient accepted in to the service will have a choice from the following 3 options:

Pre-therapy additional services

  • Better management and prevention of drop-out

Alongside therapy services

  • Building your own support network
  • Work for well-being

We will continue recruiting until June 2013. Everyone who takes part - including the clinicians involved in delivering the service improvements, will be invited to take part in feedback interviews over the coming months. We will also collect a number of routine outcome measures from patients, and review all of our findings in an end of project report.