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Senior mental health leader visits Lancaster's Spectrum Centre

Story Published: December 2012

Andrea Lawson-Chalcraft, Project Lead for Severe Mental Illness for the National Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) at the Department of Health, visited the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health at Lancaster University on the 4th December.

Her visit was part of a number of national visits to demonstration sites for Severe Mental Illness, of which the Spectrum Centre have been selected to take forward their work in the field of Bipolar Disorder in partnership with clinical services in Birmingham. A number of team members from the Spectrum Centre will be working on the project: Professor Steven Jones (Director of the Spectrum Centre), Dr Fiona Lobban (Associate Director of the Spectrum Centre), Dr Elizabeth Tyler (Senior Research Associate) and Rita Long (Service User Researcher).

Andrea spent the day with the team at the Spectrum Centre. During the morning she listened to a number of presentations which detailed some of the work that is being carried out at the Spectrum Centre. This included studies that are currently recruiting, two clinical case series (Individual Recovery focused CBT for Bipolar Disorder and Family Focused Therapy for Bipolar Disorder) and the new online 'Integrated Bipolar Parenting Intervention' (IBPI). Two studies were also presented that have finished recruiting now; 'A Randomised controlled trial to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a time limited anxiety intervention in bipolar disorder' and 'Relatives' Education and Coping Toolkit' (REACT). There was also a presentation from Rita Long detailing the work undertaken in her role as a service user researcher at the Spectrum Centre. In the afternoon Andrea attended the team's monthly meeting.

Andrea said "I am very impressed with what I have seen today and the dedicated work being undertaken by the team , and I am very excited about their participation in the SMI programme in taking forward invaluable work for Bipolar Disorder".

Edited by: N.Thomason

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