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The Research & Innovation office host regular free event for GMMH staff, service users, and members of the public. Our events are a great opportunity to find out about the range of research occurring at the trust, how to get involved, what our research studies have found, and how our research has impacted on patients and the public.


Our events usually take place at The Curve in Prestwich and include a free buffet lunch, however we also offer online events as well.


Our events cover a range of topics (i.e. anxiety, traum2a, suicide), and include speakers from across the Trust (i.e. researchers and clinicians), from other organizations, patients involved in our research studies and from research advisory groups.


We have hosted several events in collaboration with our Research Units. These events focus on highlighting the findings of their research, discussing upcoming projects, and raising awareness on various topics. Our events are also co-produced with service users. Check out two recent examples of online events by the CaFI study who aimed to raise awareness on Why Race Still Matters (link coming soon) and another by PATHWAY study who discussed the results of their study (link coming soon here).


Our events not only showcase research findings but they also promote good practice in research. In 2019, we held an event on co-production in research and how to involve service users and carers in clinical research which was held in collaboration with six of our research units (Psychosis Research Unit, JUICE (Youth Mental Health Research Unit), CAMHS.Digital Research Unit, The Complex Trauma & Resilience Research Unit, Patient Safety Research Unit and Dementia Research Unit).


We aim to continue hosting online events and look forward to reintroducing face-to-face events with our Research Units and growing the number and type of events we offer.


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Is group metacognitive therapy effective at reducing anxiety and depression in cardiac patients?

The PATHWAY project set out in 2014 to improve mental health outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation patients experiencing anxiety and depression. The study evaluated the effectiveness of delivering metacognitive therapy alongside normal cardiac rehabilitation in comparison to just receiving usual cardiac rehabilitation. The results were very positive and published in Circulation in June 2021, showing that the addition of group metacognitive therapy significantly improved symptoms of anxiety and depression in cardiac patients. The PATHWAY team hosted an online results event to discuss the results of the study.


event presented talks from the chief investigator Prof Adrian Wells and co-applicants, Professor Patrick Doherty and Professor David Reeves, and a panel session with PATHWAY therapy practitioner Jenny Aindow, PATHWAY participant Simon Fitton and PATHWAY PPI member Marie Holmes.  The event was a success, attracting attendees from around the world and the PATHWAY team is pleased to announce the recording of the event is now available to view here.



The PATHWAY team would like to thank the speakers at the event, Professor Patrick Doherty, Professor David Reeves, Professor Adrian Wells, Jenny Aindow, Simon Fitton and Marie Holmes for sharing their time and expertise. Finally, the PATHWAY team would like to thank the patients and staff that participated in the PATHWAY project and the NIHR for funding the project. This study/project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Program Grants for Applied Research Program (grant no. RP-PG-1211-20011). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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