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Research Participation Opportunity

The Meriden Family Programme would like to invite you to participate in a current piece of research, outlined below.

“Family workers’ experiences of delivering Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) to service-users (and their families) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and another mental health condition.” 

What is the purpose of this research? 

The current research will explore clinicians’ perspectives around delivering BFT to families of a service-user with ASD and another mental health condition (specifically, one presenting with psychosis). The ultimate aim is to identify ways in which BFT can be better implemented and the relevant training conducted more effectively.

What are the requirements to participate? 

The only requirement is that you have delivered BFT to at least one service-user (and their family) with comorbid ASD and another mental health condition (presenting with psychosis). If you have had contrasting experiences (i.e. positive with one family and negative with another), this would be especially advantageous, but is most certainly not essential.

What will happen/what will I be asked to do? 

You will be asked a series of questions relating to your experiences during an online or telephone interview, which will be recorded and subsequently transcribed. Please note that: (i) interviews should take no longer than half an hour and (ii) recordings will be kept securely and your personal details will only be shared with necessary parties overseeing the research.

Who will be conducting the research/interview? 

The interview (and, later in the process, data analysis) will be conducted by a research student at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of the Meriden team.

What if I wish to withdraw? 

The Meriden team supports the practice of protecting participants and their emotional well- being. Should you wish to withdraw at any time, please be aware that you are free to do so without penalty.

What happens afterwards? 

A report outlining the findings of the study will be written, which you are welcome to have a copy of.

If you have any further questions, or would like to get involved, please contact Lucy Moid (lucy-anne.moid@nhs.net).