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Chief Investigator

Helen Killaspy is a clinical academic in rehabilitation psychiatry. She is employed by University College London and works clinically in Islington, with Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. She is the convenor of the MHRN Rehabilitation & Recovery Research Group. She is Principle Investigator for the “DEMoBinc” study (Development of a European Measure of Best Practice for People with Longer Term Mental Health Problems in Institutional Care) and she has also carried out research on assertive community treatment and interventions for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. She is Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry.

Steering group

Michael King is a clinical academic psychiatrist with extensive experience in national and international epidemiological and intervention studies in primary and secondary mental health care.

Frank Holloway is a Clinical Director, consultant psychiatrist and immediate past Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry. He has previously undertaken high profile cohort studies and trials in mental health.

Tom Craig is a senior academic consultant rehabilitation psychiatrist with extensive experience in mental health services research.

Gerard Leavey is the Director of Compass – a centre for mental health research in Northern Ireland. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mental Health Sciences, UCL. Additionally he is a consultant Research Fellow with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. Gerry has extensive experience in health services research in the UK.

Sarah Cook is a Reader in Occupational Therapy at Sheffield Hallam University. She completed one of the few studies to evaluate OT for people with psychosis and is an expert in service user involvement in research.

Catherine Hill is a chartered organisational and counselling psychologist.  She researches professional development and organisational systems in health and social care and has clinical experience as an organisational psychologist in mental health settings.

Marieke Wrigley has worked in mental health as an OT in acute inpatient and rehabilitation settings for over 20 years.   She has recently been involved in leading the SHARP team - an innovative service providing psychosocial interventions underpinned by the concept of recovery.  Marieke will offer guidance to the GetREAL teams.

Tony Johnson is a senior statistician with extensive expertise in mental health services research including epidemiological studies and trials.

Gemma Dorer is the Research Lead for Occupational and Arts Therapy Services in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. She currently works in adult mental health rehabilitation services and is contributing to the development of the intervention phase of the study.

Paul McCrone is a health economist who has conducted numerous economic evaluations of specialist mental health interventions.

Maurice Arbuthnott is a member of Rethink, a service user representative for the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry, Chair of the South Westminster service user group and a member of the Camden & Islington Service User Research Forum.

Wendy Wallace is Chief Executive of Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust which has a strong track record of supporting high quality mental health services research in partnership with clinical academics from UCL

Research Team

Nick Green is a mental health nurse who has been working in research for the past six years. He has previously worked with the Mental Health Research Network on numerous projects and as an R&D officer and brings a wealth of relevant experience to his role as research associate for the REAL study.

Isobel Harrison is a researcher with a background in psychology and nursing. Isobel brings over seven years of experience of mental health research to her role as research associate for the REAL study.

Melanie Lean is a researcher with six years experience as a study coordinator for a wide range of clinical trials. She is project co-ordinator for the REAL study.




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