Ellie Wildbore has been recognised for a successful research project, being highly commended in the Collaborator Involvement category at the Mental Health Research Incubator Awards.
The awards are led by the incubator for mental health research, run by the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR).
The CARE COVID project looked at experiences of care during the pandemic, and was shaped by the input of people with lived experience.
Ellie was recognised for implementing new ideas and ways of working during the study.
🏆#MHRaward RUNNER UP: Ellie Wildbore @SHSCFT looked at the experiences of care giving and receiving in Community Mental Health Teams in the CARE COVID study.— Incubator for Mental Health Research (@MHRIncubator) May 9, 2022
Congrats @EllieWildbore & an #nhs team who is open to new ideas & new ways of working 🎉https://t.co/k1nEZAwK1o pic.twitter.com/7B831xY4eG
Ellie Wildbore, Mental Health Lived Experience Practitioner, said: “Super excited to have come runner up in this award for SU involvement in research for the CARE COVID study.
"Our study was massively shaped by the lived experience input and also the open-mindedness of the rest of the study team to work with that and be willing to take risks.
"It's massively enriched our project and we hope that people will learn from that for the future. Hopefully this starts to become the norm in mental health research that lived experience has such aa prominent place in research."
Michelle Horspool, Deputy Director of Research, said: “This is so well deserved, Ellie a great ambassador for research! Engaging people with lived experience is absolutely essential for successful, accessible and meaningful mental health research.”
Congratulations to Ellie and the research team!