Would you like to take part in a study on access to secondary mental health services during COVID-19?

We are exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting access to secondary mental health services and the provision of treatment. You can read more about the study here.

We are inviting service users, carers, and mental healthcare staff to take part in an interview to help us to understand their experiences of accessing and providing secondary mental healthcare at this time.

Secondary services are those usually needing an initial referral from a GP and usually provided by a specialist NHS trust. These services include community mental health teams, crisis resolution and home treatment teams, assertive outreach teams, early intervention teams, and mental health inpatient units. To take part in this study, you need to be aged 18 or over and be able to speak English.

Who we would like to hear from

  • Service users who have accessed secondary mental healthcare as an inpatient or in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Previous service users who have needed secondary mental healthcare during COVID-19, but have not been able to access it, or have decided not to.*

  • Carers for someone who has accessed or needed secondary mental healthcare during COVID-19.

  • Clinical members of staff working in NHS inpatient or community mental health services during COVID-19: trainee and consultant psychiatrists, care coordinators / mental health nurses, and clinical psychologists.


*Unfortunately we will not be able to interview you if you have tried to access mental healthcare for the first time through your GP or IAPT during COVID-19.

Express your interest in taking part in this study