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We report a comprehensive, longitudinal evaluation of a two-year, part-time postgraduate programme designed to enable health and social care professionals in England to work together to deliver new community mental health services, including psychosocial interventions (PSIs). The study tracked three successive cohorts of students (N = 111) through their(More)
BACKGROUND While community care is now well established in England, the development and maintenance of social networks of people with long-term mental illness remains a major challenge to services. AIMS To investigate the size of the social networks of people with long-term mental illness and the types of social support they receive in relation to their(More)
Background There is a growing appreciation of the role and needs of carers for people with mental health problems. Carers are a diverse group, including partners, relatives and friends who are seen as such by service users. Methods Sixty-four carers of people with severe mental health problems served by four different mental health care providers were(More)
A f r amework for scheduling a number of diierent real-time applications on a single shared p r eemptable processor is proposed. This framework enforces complete isolation among the diierent applications, such that the behavior of each application is very similar to its behavior if it had been executing on a slower dedicated p r ocessor. A scheduling(More)
BACKGROUND Mental health services are required to take account of the needs of carers, yet little is known about how services affect carers. AIMS This paper explores the relationship between the user's mental health problems, the services received and the impact of caring on carers. METHODS Sixty-four carers were interviewed, measuring their experiences(More)
This paper reports findings from a 5-year evaluation (1998-2003) of a postqualifying programme in community mental health in England which made a sustained attempt to develop partnerships with service users. Users were involved in the commissioning of the programme and its evaluation, as trainers and as course members. The evaluation employed mixed methods(More)
The present authors set out to explore the relationship between different forms of service organisation and quality of life (QoL) for service users. Four mental health trusts and their corresponding social services departments were recruited to exemplify: (1). high and low levels of integration between health and social services; and (2). high and low(More)