UCL CORE Collaborations

The UCL Centre for Outcomes and Research Effectiveness maintains a number of valuable collaborations within and external to UCL.

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health 

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) is one of six collaborating centres established by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop clinical guidance and related audit activities for the NHS. The NCCMH is a collaboration between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness at University College London. The NCCMH aims to promote the role of evidence synthesis in making informed judgments about healthcare policy. This work has been funded by the WHO, the World Bank, professional bodies and national governments. The objectives of the programme have been, through appropriate education and training, to enable health care systems develop the capacity to develop and  implement  their own guidance. This work has been undertaken in Italy, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine, Korea  and the United States. The methodological work currently being undertaken in Ukraine will support the implementation of NICE 2021-2026 strategy through its methodological advances  in guideline development. The guideline development work in collaboration with colleagues at NICE and the National Guideline Alliance  has contributed to significant methodological developments in the use of network meta-analysis and the  application of health  economic modelling. This has influenced development of guidelines both nationally and  internationally and has resulted in several highly cited papers. 

The NCCMH is a joint venture between CORE and the Royal College of Psychiatrists' College Research Unit. Steve Pilling (CORE) and Tim Kendall (CRU) are joint co-directors. It is supported by a Reference Group of representatives from: the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, the College of Occupational Therapy, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the National Institute of Social Work, the Institute of Psychiatry, the Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health (Oxford), the Centre for the Economics of Mental Health (London), the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, MIND and the Manic Depression Fellowship.

Find out more about the NCCMH here.

PsychUp for Wellbeing

Student and staff mental health is a growing concern. Rising numbers of university students are experiencing mental health problems and disrupted studies each year. This has been exacerbated by uncertainty, dislocation, and isolation faced by students in the current pandemic. University staff are under increasing pressure to provide support for students, amid already heavy workloads.

Yet, universities are resilient communities with substantial resources that can be leveraged to tackle these challenges. Academic psychology departments are uniquely positioned to understand the problem and find innovative solutions. And universities with clinical psychology training centres are well connected to NHS services – which are key partners in this effort. Equally key are students and staff themselves, able and eager to be empowered to support their peers.

UCL’s Division of Psychology and Language Sciences has joined forces with UCLPartners and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families to launch a new programme. PsychUP for Wellbeing is mobilising the resources of academic psychology departments, health science networks and voluntary organisations to empower higher education, healthcare partners and, above all, students and staff.

Learn more about the PsychUp for Wellbeing Programme here.