We are delighted to present an overview of the achievements of the NewMind
community over the period June 2014 – November 2019.
The aim of the network was to explore the potential for technology to transform the management and treatment of mental health conditions, whilst identifying underpinning engineering and physical science challenges. We started with a series of workshops, engaging academics from a broad range of disciplines, together with service users and NHS, industry and charity participants. This helped to develop the NewMind community and resulted in the publication of a Research Introduction Roadmap that synthesised different perspectives and provided a framework for subsequent activities.
With the award of ‘Plus’ funding in 2016 we were able to change gear, building on the Roadmap by supporting collaborative projects. 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. This booklet explains how we worked, and provides summaries of the feasibility studies and their achievements.