We take an interdisciplinary approach to our research and work across organisational boundaries with practitioners, those with lived experience as well as the third sector. 

Our team are currently working on two linked NIHR funded projects: MEDIcation optimisATion in severE mental illness (MEDIATE) and REalist Synthesis Of non-pharmacologicaL interVEntions for antipsychotic-induced weight gain (RESOLVE) in people living with Severe Mental Illness. Both projects use a realist approach; a new and emerging method of generating primary data and evidence review that allows us to further our understanding of complex interventions.  

As a team, we hope to use our expertise in pharmacy, healthcare and psychology to conduct research that will lead to an improvement in patient health outcomes.

People and publications

Public and Partner Groups

We are working in collaboration with key partner groups:

NHS for example via collaboration with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) and 

Third sector for example via collaboration with The McPin Foundation.

Research team

Chief Investigator: Dr Ian Maidment 
Ian is an Academic Clinical Pharmacist currently leading two NIHR funded research projects MEDIATE & RESOLVE. Prior to moving to academia, he spent nearly 25 years in practice mainly within mental health services

 

Research Associate: Dr Jo Howe 
Jo is a healthcare researcher with a background in Neuropsychology. Specialist areas of interest include metal health, stroke, acquired brain injury, realist methodology and implementation science. Jo runs a website aimed for realist researchers:  www.therealisthub.org

 

Research Assistant: Hafsah Habib
Hafsah is a pharmacy graduate from Aston University who is new to realist research. Her current focuses are grey literature searching as well as the use of social media for dissemination

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Current Projects

MEDIATE: MEDIcation optimisATion in severE mental illness - click here for more information

RESOLVE: REalist Synthesis Of non-pharmacologicaL interVEntions for antipsychotic-induced weight gain (RESOLVE) in people living with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) - click here for more information - click here for more information

 

Previous Projects

MEMORABLE: Medication management in older people: the MEMORABLE realist synthesis - click here for more information

PERISCOPE: Rapid realist review of the role of community pharmacy in the public health response to COVID-19 - click here for more information 

 

All previous projects can be accessed via Aston explorer

Newsletters

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