UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Research Projects

Research Projects 

Intellectual Disability and Mental Health: Assessing the Genomic Impact on Neurodevelopment (IMAGINE)

Mental Health Interventions for Children with Epilepsy (MICE)

Children and Young People with Long Covid (CLoCk)

Mental Health Drop-in Centre (The Lucy Project)

Brain Involvement in dystrophinopathies (BIND)

Children's Autism Technology Assisted Assessment (CHATA)

Risk and Resilience in adolescents with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome


MH Strategic Initiavtive Seed Funded Projects

Co-production in rare genetic disorders: digital interventions for childhood irritability

Peer Support for Child Health PhD Student

Sleep disturbances and fatigue in children with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM): a pilot study

Polly Livermore project

Josan Sutherland

Claire Grant

Monica Lakhanpaul

Ruth blackburn

Neurocogntive disorders in spina bifida Maryam Clark, Tim Edwards, Andrew Copp

Josan Sutherland

Neurological injuries such as spinal cord injury and acquired brain injuries usually occur suddenly and often with widespread effects on an individual’s physical and mental health. With prevalence of co-morbid mental health issues in this population as high as one in every two persons, and a 2-6 times greater risk of suicide, rehabilitation is not a solely physical path but a psychological and social process that requires the involvement of a wide multidisciplinary team. In Jamaica’s health sector, as in other regions of the world, recovery can be onerous and usually involves contact with many non-psychology based healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and social workers. While these clinicians are qualified in their respective disciplines, in practice, gaps have been identified in their management of comorbid mental health needs in persons with neurological issues. With such disparities highlighted, it may indicate a considerable unmet need in regard to the management for this population, leaving individuals feeling abandoned and misunderstood by health care professionals. By understanding more about the perceived barriers and enablers practitioners feel about unmet mental health needs, it will enable the development of standards of care, bridging any perceived gaps in the delivery of quality multidisciplinary holistic care to neurological patients. 

The aim of this study is, through dialogue, to explore the perspectives of non-psychology based Jamaican health care workers on the mental health needs of individuals post sudden onset of neurological injuries at different stages of the recovery journey. 

The aim is to address the following questions: 

  • What are the perspectives of health care workers on the concepts of medical trauma and mental health issues in their patient groups, and their thoughts on how they recognize them? 
  • If occurring and identified, how do clinicians manage issues of altered mental health and what are their views on their personal confidence and educational competence (formal and informal) in this aspect of practice?