National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for bipolar disorder have emphasised that evidence-based psychosocial interventions are effective in preventing relapse and improving quality of life for individuals with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Current government policy such as Lord Darzi's 'High Quality Care For All' and the Department of Health's 'New Horizons: Shared visions for mental health' have both prioritised improving access to psychological therapies, treatment choice for service users, and recovery-focused interventions.
Our research includes National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and NHS funded translational research for developing and evaluating a range of psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder and associated conditions.
Our PARADES programme grant has five strands, all aiming to improve our understanding of bipolar disorder and how we can improve psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder. These are a randomised controlled trial of psychoeducation and peer support, developing interventions for anxiety and substance use among individuals with bipolar disorder, understanding what is associated with risk of suicide among individuals with bipolar disorder, and evaluating the use of Advanced Directives by service users with bipolar disorder.
Our Recovery project has identified themes surrounding recovery among individuals with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and a recovery-focused intervention based around these themes has been developed and is being piloted.
Living With Bipolar is a web-based self-management intervention for bipolar disorder currently being developed, which will be piloted and evaluated.
In addition, our Relatives Education and Coping Toolkit (REACT) project is developing and evaluating a supported self-management intervention for individuals who are or have supported a relative with experiences of psychosis.
The Spectrum Centre has links with the following NHS Services:
We welcome interest from individuals who have experienced bipolar mood fluctuations, their relatives, friends, partners, carers as well as individuals who are interested in mental health research but have not experienced mental illness. Volunteers are vital for improving our understanding about the experience and management of Bipolar Disorder.
If you would like to find out more about Spectrum Centre research and get involved, visit Spectrum Connect.