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The implementation of Connecting People in community mental health teams in England: a quasi-experimental study

Webber, Martin, Ngamaba, Kayonda Hubert, Moran, Nicola, Pinfold, Vanessa, Boehnke, Jan, Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215, Henderson, Catherine, Rehill, Amritpal and Morris, David (2020) The implementation of Connecting People in community mental health teams in England: a quasi-experimental study. British Journal of Social Work, 51 (3). 1080–1100. ISSN 1468-263X

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Identification Number: 10.1093/bjsw/bcaa159


Loneliness and social isolation have become significant concerns in many countries, particularly amongst people experiencing mental health problems. A social intervention—Connecting People—has been found to increase their access to social capital, though it has been difficult to implement with high fidelity in community mental health teams (CMHTs) in England. This study aimed to evaluate outcomes for mental health service users of a practitioner-led implementation of Connecting People in CMHTs. It used a pragmatic non-randomised two-group pre-post study to evaluate the implementation process in CMHTs. Implementation materials co-produced with service users were provided to the intervention teams for practitioners to use with the support of a senior social worker in each mental health National Health Service Trust (n = 5). Service users were interviewed at baseline (n = 151) and at six-month follow-up (n = 127), and their outcome and cost data were analysed on an intention-to-treat basis. Analysis of primary and secondary outcome variables found no differences between the intervention and control groups. The economic evaluation found no significant differences between groups in mean costs or outcomes. The findings suggest that it could be difficult for social workers to implement Connecting People in CMHTs or that it does not improve outcomes for CMHT users.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 10:33
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2024 05:00

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