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NewMind Network for Mental Health technology

The EPSRC funded NewMind network explores the potential for technology to transform the management & treatment of mental health conditions, whilst seeking to address underlying Engineering and Physical Science (EPS) research challenges.

The network, which is coordinated by Digital Futures, began as a partnership between EPS researchers (initially from the Universities of Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Lancaster and York), and the NIHR funded MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative.

It has subsequently grown to cover over 400 members across a range of EPS, Clinical and research disciplines, industry partners, charities, and patient and service user representatives, from multiple institutions and organisations.

NewMind Brochure

We are delighted to present an overview of the work and achievements of the NewMind community over the period June 2014 - November 2019.

With the award of ‘Plus’ funding in 2016, we held a series of ‘Sandpit’ workshops where project ideas were codeveloped by researchers, service users and other stakeholders. This resulted in 19 funded collaborative feasibility studies (13 Stage 1, exploratory; 6 Stage 2, follow on) involving 17 universities, 4 industry partners, 3 charities, and 3 patient representative groups, with a total value of £380,000. The NewMind Brochure explains how we worked, and provides summaries of the feasibility studies and their achievements.

Read the full brochure here.

Research Roadmap

One of the outputs of the network is our Research Roadmap, developed and refined through a series of multidisciplinary workshops involving researchers, clinicians, charities, service users and industry. The Roadmap explores the potential for technology to transform mental health care from three perspectives: a Health Outcomes Framework that provides a structured approach to describing the purposes of technology intervention; a summary of Engineering and Physical Science Research Challenges that identifies key advances that will be necessary to realise the potential for transformation; and an outline Ethical and Responsible Innovation Framework that sets out core principles which should guide researchers working in this field.

The network has a focus on four broad clinical areas, and four cross cutting EPS research challenges.

Clinical Areas

Serious Mental Illness, Mood and Affective Disorder, Dementia, and Developmental Disorders

Engineering & Physical Science Research Themes

Sensing Systems, Information Management, Data Analytics, and Human-centric Systems

NewMind Plus

NewMind was awarded 'Networks Plus' funding from the EPSRC to continue our activities until May 2019. This includes a small amount of funding for feasibility studies. Details of how to access these funds through participation in NewMind events will be posted on this site and in our communications to network members.

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