Connecting People Implementation Study

Connecting People is an evidence-informed approach to supporting people to connect with others


The Connecting People pilot study found that when Connecting People was fully integrated into health and social care teams, service users enhanced their connections to family, friends and members of the local community. However, local authority and NHS teams found it difficult to implement Connecting People fully. This study aims to assist practitioners in community mental health teams to use Connecting People by developing an implementation toolkit, comprising guidance on training, practice and implementation. This study also aims to evaluate whether or not this helps community mental health teams to implement Connecting People in their routine practice with high fidelity.



The study is currently underway and findings will be published in April 2019.

Research sites

Tees, Esk and Wear valleys NHS foundation trust

Bradford district care NHS foundation trust

Hertfordshire partnership NHS foundation trust

Avon and Wiltshire mental health partnership NHS foundation trust

Essex partnership university NHS foundation trust

Research team

The study is being conducted by Professor Martin Webber with Dr Nicola Moran and Dr Kayonda Ngamaba (University of York).

Dr Vanessa Pinfold (McPin Foundation), Professor David Morris (University of Central Lancashire), Professor Martin Knapp and Cate Henderson (London School of Economics) are collaborators. Dr Jan Boekne (University of Dundee) is providing statistical advice.

The study is being funded by the NIHR School of Social Care Research.