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The Institute of Mental Health is the UK’s prime location for inter-disciplinary research in the mental health field.

The Institute is a partnership between two highly respected organisations, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham, bringing together the healthcare and education sectors to achieve ‘Research Excellence for Innovation’. Since our formation in 2006, the Institute has established a track record of success, with achievements in pioneering education provision and innovative service-facing research, taking the organisation from humble beginnings to the international stage in a short time.

Our mission is to improve people’s lives through the use of ground-breaking research and pioneering educational activities. We are dedicated to improving the care and treatment of people who use our services through innovating, developing, exploiting and distributing knowledge about mental health.

Our key activities are to:

  • Promote research
  • Support clinical practice
  • Provide educational courses
  • Act as an expert resource in promoting best practice

The Institute is the UK’s prime location for inter-disciplinary research in the mental health field (psychiatry, psychology, sociology, business, law, nursing, economics and statistics). We are particularly strong in specific areas such as neuro-imaging, personality disorder, ADHD, systematic reviewing, implementation and organisation/service innovation.

We currently attract nearly £10 million in any one year in external research grants to fund our work, have 21 full and associate professors among our staff and publish nearly 250 peer-reviewed journal papers a year. We have 29 of our own unique Managed Innovation Networks (MINs) and more than 300 members.

Our portfolio of training and development opportunities attracts 1000 students each year. Courses offered include one-off modules, diplomas, BA, MA and PhD degrees in mental health subjects.

This section provides information on our specialist centres of excellence as well as the regional centres of national organisations that are hosted within the Institute.