MindTech Patient and Public Involvement
Our strategic aims for involvement at MindTech are to ensure that:
1. Our approach integrates the perspectives and priorities of those with lived experience of the conditions, problems and treatments we are seeking to improve;
2. Our work results in real patient benefit.
To do this, we take a multi-level approach including:
(i) the MindTech Involvement Team: a group of experienced involvement volunteers who contribute to the work of MindTech in various ways
(ii) involvement plans for individual projects: individual volunteers with an interest in a specific project (or mental health topic) work with researchers on a dedicated project
(iii) ways to identify patient priorities for technological innovation: staff and volunteers engage with service users and members of the public to explore priorities and unmet needs
Different ways to be involved with MindTech
There are three main ways of being involved with MindTech:
- Becoming a member of the MindTech Involvement Team
- Volunteering on specific projects
- Being part of our engagement network, and being kept up to date with MindTech news and events
Feel free to get in touch, tell us what sort of interests you have, and how you might like to be involved. Either visit our Contact page, or contact Sue Brown by email or by phone: 0115 7484209.
What sorts of technologies do we develop?
Our overall aim is to speed up the development of new products and devices that will improve mental healthcare and we believe that a wide range of people can help us achieve this. This will include service users, their families and carers and the wider community. We are interested in a wide range of 'technologies'.
These might be a high-tech devices that would be used by a health professional in a hospital setting, but also smartphone apps and websites that can be used by the public in the home or community. For example, we are currently researching how mobile and smartphone apps can help patients to monitor their condition and how 'serious computer games' can be used at home to monitor ADHD symptoms.
What types of mental health difficulties are we focusing on?
We are currently looking at technologies for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette syndrome, dementia and mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), and technologies for young people & children in general, and we are always interested in learning about other mental health conditions.