The Connecting People Implementation Study has started in five sites in England.
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust; Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust; Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust; Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust; and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust have all begun to recruit participants and implement Connecting People.
Each site has selected two community mental health teams to participate in the study. One team has been provided with copies of the implementation toolkit and another continues to provide care and support as before.
The ten teams are each recruiting service users to participate in the study. Each participant is being interviewed at the beginning of the study and six months later.
The researchers are evaluating if outcomes improve for service users in the teams with the implementation toolkit in comparison with those without. The primary outcome is access to resources within social networks, which supports recovery from mental health problems.
The research team are also evaluating how the community mental health teams use the implementation toolkit. They are interested to see how they adopt Connecting People and integrate it into their routine practice. The researchers will also be asking practitioners about any barriers they may experience and how they overcome them.