Current activities of CORE include:


Health Psychology Training

Helping to develop and implement training for the 900+ NHS Health Trainers in England . This has include:
International training on clinical aspects of smoking cessation, in collaboration with Professor Robert West.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme: CORE led the development of the competence framework for psychological therapies for IAPT (se below). It is a key partner in the development of minimum training and supervision standards for staff delivering high- and low-intensity CBT interventions, designing the training programme, recruiting training providers and overseeing contributing to its implementation and outcome monitoring. In addition CORE in conjunction with the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London is responsible for the training of the first phase of all IAPT trainees across London (over 115 new trainees).

Evidence-based practice

Developing and implementing mental health guidelines for the National Health Service as part of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, established in 2001 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The Centre is a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

NHS Stop Smoking Services

Developing a method for investigating the effective techniques within current services, analysing service protocols, and investigating variation across services and associations with validated one month quit rates. In collaboration with Professor Robert West.

Investigating GP referral patterns and reasons for non-referral. In collaboration with Dr Andy McEwen.

Development of NHS Competences

  • A set of competence frameworks for the psychological therapies commissioned by the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP), Skills for Health and NHS Education for Scotland . The frameworks describe the knowledge and skills associated with the effective delivery of psychological therapies and include CBT, psychodynamic therapy, systemic therapy and counselling. These  competences frameworks have five common components: Generic Therapeutic Competences , Basic Competences , Problem Specific Competences and Meta-competences. They have been used in the IAPT programme and by a number of other training organisations to develop training curricula.
  • A supervision competences framework, commissioned by the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP), Skills for Health and NHS Education for Scotland . It is one of a set of competence frameworks which describe the knowledge and skills associated with the effective delivery of psychological therapies. The framework locates supervision competences into a 'map', with four domains. The first domain outlines a set of Generic Supervision competences, which supervisors of all orientations will usually employ. Though still pan-theoretical, the domain of Specific Supervision competences outlines some particular supervisory tasks. The third domain focuses on model-specific supervision, and the fourth identifies the Meta-competences supervisors need to apply across all the other domains of the framework; these are are usually examples of higher-order decision making.
  • The CBT competences framework for depression and anxiety disorders, in five domains: Generic Therapeutic Competences , Basic CBT Competences , Specific Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy Competences, Problem Specific Competences and Meta-competences.
  • The behaviour change competences for NHS Health Trainers, on behalf of the British Psychological Society and in collaboration with Lindsay Mitchell (Prime R&D Ltd) and Skills for Health. The 34 performance criteria and 23 descriptions of knowledge and understanding (HT3) were informed by existing national occupational standards, an effectiveness review carried out by SM and feedback from pilot work (see )

Project Outlines

  1. Changing Behaviour - Towards Best Practice in Development of Complex Interventions
  2. Communicating Genetic Test Results to Families
  3. Evidence into Guidelines - investigating how clinical guidelines are formulated
  4. Feedback Intervention Trial - Stepped-wedge CRCT of Effectiveness of Theory Based Feedback Intervention to Increase Health Professional Hand-hygiene Behaviour
  5. Gender Difference in the Relationship between Work and Psychological Distress in Hospital Consultants
  6. Increasing uptake of MMR
  7. NHS Health Trainers Service - Building the Evidence Base
  8. Theory Based Approach to Evidence Synthesis

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