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PERCEIVE - Patient Involvement in Improving the Evidence Base on Inpatient Care


PERCEIVE is a research programme which looks at the therapeutic environment on inpatient psychiatric wards.  This programme emphasises service user views and also takes feedback from staff.  PERCEIVE creates new questionnaires so the ward environment can be assessed.  PERCEIVE also compares ward admission systems and enables staff teams to perform therapeutic interventions on the wards.
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Why improve inpatient psychiatric care?

Psychiatric wards are unique, complex and challenging environments.  Service users and staff have long called for improvements to wards – including a more therapeutic atmosphere and more support through effective interventions

Professor Til Wykes discusses the aims of the PERCEIVE project.


Where and when is PERCEIVE taking place?EIVE is taking place in 16 acute mental health wards in the South London boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Croydon.
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Which funder is supporting PERCEIVE?

The PERCEIVE research programme has attracted £2million of research funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) over 5 years from 2007 until 2012. However, the research in the PERCEIVE study is independent and is carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. The views expressed in this website are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
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Who is involved in the PERCEIVE project?

The service directors of SLaM (the largest combined mental health trust in the UK) are grant holders of the research, in addition to a combined team of more than 25 researchers led by Chief Investigator Professor Til Wykes at the Institute of Psychiatry.  More than 1000 service users and 1000 acute ward staff members will have taken part in the programme by the time it is complete.
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