Award Winning Research!

The ‘Include Me In’ research project (Kim Morral, Caroline Paley et al.) won the TPAS ‘Excellence in Working Together’ award from a shortlist of six at the Northern Region TPAS Awards Ceremony on 3 May 2013. The ‘Include Me In’ research project (2009-2012) involved a partnership between Progress Care Housing Association, Leeds City Council and Leeds Metropolitan University, funded by the Big Lottery.

CES Credentialed Evaluator designation

We are thrilled to announce that Kim Morral has successfully achieved the Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES). To receive the designation, Kim was required to demonstrate her education and experience to the CES Credentialing Board across five domains: reflective, technical, situational, management and interpersonal practice. The CE designation is the only professional title identifying professional evaluators.

Publication in Journal of Public Mental Health

This journal article discusses a research study investigating the mental health attitudes of community pharmacists in England and Wales. The study found community pharmacists had generally positive attitudes towards mental illness but provided significantly fewer pharmacy services to patients taking psychotropic medications.

Research presentation at the CMHP Psychiatric Pharmacy Conference

We presented the findings from our community pharmacy and mental health research at The 7th Annual International CMHP Psychiatric Pharmacy Conference on Saturday 8th October. We talked about our two surveys examining community pharmacists' mental health literacy and attitudes towards mental illness and a qualitative research project which explored community pharmacists' experiences of supporting people with severe mental health problems.

College of Mental Health Pharmacy Research Award

Kim Morral been awarded the College of Mental Health Pharmacy Research Award for 2015 to complete a qualitative study to explore community pharmacists' experiences of supporting people with severe mental health problems. The researchers on the project are Kim Morral, Independent Researcher, Qualitas Research, and Dr Jordi Morral, Research Consultant and Community Pharmacist.

Publication in Mental Health & Social Inclusion

This journal article in Mental Health and Social Inclusion discusses the experiences of a group of eight user and carer researchers from learning disability and mental health services who worked together in a research project. The research evaluated the move from hostel accommodation to supported independent living. This paper adds the voices of the co‐researchers to the literature and provides “lessons learned” for other researchers in this area.

Award nomination – National Housing Awards

The ‘Include Me In’ research project (Progress Care Housing Association) was shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2013 (research carried out by Kim Morral and Caroline Paley et al). The research aimed to assess the impact of the move from hostel accommodation to independent supported living on people’s lives. ​A participatory approach was taken with a particular focus on the participation of those directly affected by the changes brought about by the independent living project.

Publication in Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

This journal article presents the findings from a survey of community pharmacists in Great Britain. The research examines pharmacists' mental health literacy in relation to three mental health conditions: depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The survey considers pharmacists' mental health literacy in terms of their awareness of mental health conditions and interventions.

Publication in Housing, Care & Support

This journal article describes the findings from an evaluation of the experience of a move to independent living for people with mental health needs or a learning disability. The research aimed to assess the impact of the move on people’s lives and the extent to which the move affects levels of social inclusion/community integration and independence. The study highlights the advantages of a participatory design in evaluating a major change in service delivery.

Participatory research project helps secure national award

Progress Care has been awarded a prestigious national award – the LaingBuisson Independent Specialist Care Award 2014 in the Supported Living Category. The LaingBuisson awards go to healthcare providers demonstrating quality and innovation in health provision. This year’s winners were announced at a gala dinner on 12 March, hosted by presenter and former politician Michael Portillo. The Include Me In research project was a major feature in the award application.

Publication in Social Work & Social Sciences Review

This paper in Social Work and Social Sciences Review explores issues of partnership and participation in research and evaluation, drawing on the experiences of evaluating a move from hostel accommodation to independent supported living for people with mental health difficulties or learning disabilities. Ten service user and carer researchers, some of whom were directly involved in the move from hostel to independent living, were recruited and worked with ‘professional’ researchers to examine both the process and the outcomes of the move.

Publication in British Journal of Pharmacy

In this paper we describe an educational intervention for pharmacy students. A questionnaire was administered to participating students at three points in time. From an analysis of the questionnaire data we conclude that this practical helped pharmacy students to understand the concepts taught in the laboratory practical.

Publication in Sci Pharm

This journal article in Sci Pharm describes an educational research project assessing the impact of a workshop with pharmacy students. The workshop was designed to form part of the practical work of two modules taught in the second year of the MPharm degree.

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Examples of our work

We have completed a wide range of studies for public and non-profit sector organizations.

Recent Clients

Canadian Cancer Society
PHSA
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society
PHAP

Completed Work

See below some examples of our work, illustrating the range of work we do, with links to some of our publications.

The mental health literacy of community pharmacists

A cross-sectional survey of community pharmacists in Great Britain to examine their mental health literacy (MHL). This was the first study to investigate the MHL of British community pharmacists.

Survey of Black minority ethnic communities about probation practice

A consultation survey with Black minority ethnic communities regarding their views on the probation service, conducted for the Greater Manchester Probation Trust.

The benefits of bibliotherapy for mental health​

This qualitative study examines the impact of bibliotherapy groups on the mental health and wellbeing of people with severe mental health problems, and older adults with dementia.

Evaluation of a meaningful occupation project for older homeless people

An evaluation of an innovative project providing meaningful occupation to homeless and ex-homeless older people, aiming to engage older people in sustained activity and facilitate involvement in the community. Supported by Help the Aged (Age UK), the research explored the experiences and views of older people who used the Live Choices project, formerly based at Thames Reach in London.

The engagement and participation of seniors

Kim Morral contributed to the writing of a guide to the engagement and participation of seniors for Age UK Lancashire, as part of their Linking Communities research.

Evaluation of adoption access pilot

An evaluation of the Adopter and Practitioner Access pilot for Adoption Match to assess the performance of the new Adoption Register for the Department for Education.

Sport participation survey

A survey to assess the level of sport and exercise participation among the local community in Tower Hamlets. The survey identified barriers and enablers to participation in sport and exercise.

Research evaluating an independent living project

An evaluation of the Leeds Independent Living Project which involves the move of more than 300 people living in 13 mental health or learning disability hostels into new supported living accommodation in 39 neighbourhoods across Leeds or into existing mainstream housing, between 2009 and 2011. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds City Council and Progress Care Housing Association, supported by the National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund.

Community pharmacists' experiences of supporting people with severe mental heath problems

A qualitative research project to investigate community pharmacists’ experiences and perceptions of providing pharmaceutical services to patients with severe mental health problems. The research was supported by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy - CHMP Research Award 2015.

Exploring patient stories through discovery interviews

Qualitative research for the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust to gain a deeper understanding of patient experience in three NHS services (district nursing, podiatry and the wheelchair service). We worked with the three services to produce action plans based on the research findings.

The introduction of virtual conferencing technology within a health authority

A mixed methods research project to evaluate the introduction of virtual conferencing technology implemented by West London and Hounslow CCGs and funded via the Inner North West London Integrated Care Programme.

Community pharmacists' attitudes towards mental health

A research study to investigate the mental health attitudes of community pharmacists in England and Wales. The survey examined whether provision of pharmaceutical care was associated with pharmacists’ attitudes towards mental illness. This was the first study to investigate British pharmacists' attitudes towards mental health.

Evaluation of a volunteering project

An evaluation of a Volunteering and Community Engagement project for Better Leeds Communities. The evaluation explored the impact of the project on participants' mental well-being and future job prospects. This mid-project evaluation helped inform future planning of the project and will also support future fundraising activities.

Evaluating a workshop for pharmacy students

We worked with Dr Jordi Morral from the University of Huddersfield on an educational research project to evaluate a workshop with pharmacy students. The workshop was designed to form part of the practical work of two modules taught in the second year of the MPharm degree.

The benefits of meaningful activity for older homeless people

This qualitative study for Age UK examines the impact of a range of activities on the mental health and well-being of older homeless people. Outcomes for service users were examined from a range of structured group activities including physical activity and exercise, social, leisure and educational activities delivered by two homelessness organisations in London. The report of the findings from this research initiated a small grants programme to support work in this area.

Evaluation of an adoption marketing campaign

Research assessing the impact of an adoption marketing campaign - 'Being Family' - for the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium (an umbrella organisation of 15 local authorities and 2 voluntary sector agencies in the north of England, UK).

The hospital care of seniors

A national survey examining complaints made in relation to the NHS hospital care of seniors in England, UK. The report of the survey gained national press coverage in the Observer in 1997 and various other national newspapers for ‘uncovering major flaws with the NHS complaints procedure’. The study played a key role in the decision by the Department of Health to launch an independent enquiry into the care of older people on acute wards in general hospitals in the UK. The research was instrumental in initiating a two-year campaign by Help the Aged in collaboration with numerous other national organisations.

Disabled people's experiences of probation practice

A qualitative study for the Greater Manchester Probation Trust explores disabled offenders’ experiences of probation practice within semi-structured interviews.

Promoting the emotional wellbeing of homeless people

An evaluation of an Alcohol Project for Older Homeless People, a project providing counselling, CBT, a support group, relaxation group and complementary therapies for seniors with mental health need and alcohol issues, for City and Hackney Alcohol Service, supported by Age UK.

Research evaluating an educational intervention for pharmacy students

Kim Morral worked with the University of Huddersfield to assess the impact of a laboratory practical for undergraduate pharmacy students. The lead investigator was Dr Jordi Morral. A questionnaire was administered to participating students at three points in time: at the beginning of the module, after the lecture on the topic, and after the laboratory experiment.

A survey of child protection in humanitarian action

An international survey of humanitarian workers’ assessment of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS). This study, conducted for PHAP (Geneva, Switzerland), 2018, involved the design and administration of an online survey in four languages to humanitarian workers based in 202 countries.

Journeys out of loneliness for older homeless people

A qualitative study for Age UK, supported by Bridge House Estates, to explore older homeless people’s experiences of social isolation and pathways into loneliness. A major contribution to an under-researched field, the study initiated the development of three new projects aiming at reducing social isolation and improving the mental health and well-being of older homeless people and secured funding to set up and develop these projects.

Evaluation of the New Directions Activity Requirement in the national probation service

A process evaluation of NDAR, the New Directions Activity Requirement, for Greater Manchester Probation Area (probation service in the UK). This qualitative evaluation analysed data collected from in-depth interviews with probation staff and questionnaires completed by program participants.

Participatory evaluation of pilot projects for homeless people

Kim Morral carried out a number of action research projects in collaboration with five voluntary sector organisations working with older homeless people in London. The action research projects evaluated a number of pilot projects including an advice service, a life skill training project, a resettlement project, and a floating support service.