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New UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Brings Ethical Thinking into Pandemic Policy-Making

COVID-19

The UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator, which launched today, harnesses and mobilises the UK’s internationally renowned expertise in ethics research. Four major UK universities and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics form the collaborative.

Risk of Rare Blood Clotting Higher for COVID-19 than for Vaccines

COVID-19

Researchers at the University of Oxford have today reported that the risk of the rare blood clotting known as cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) following COVID-19 infection is around 100 times greater than normal, several times higher than it is post-vaccination or following influenza.

No Evidence of Significant Increase in Risk of Suicide in First Months of Pandemic

COVID-19 Mental Health Suicide

A new observational study is the first to examine suicides occurring during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple countries and finds that suicide numbers largely remained unchanged or declined in the pandemic’s early months, however continued monitoring is needed.

Largest study to date suggests link between COVID-19 infection and subsequent mental health and neurological conditions

COVID-19 Mental Health

One in three COVID-19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, an observational study of more than 230,000 patient health records published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal estimates.

Opportunities for Final Goodbyes Must be Prioritised in COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Mental Health

Bereaved relatives described the ongoing pain of being absent at the end of a loved-one's life. Many had not seen their relative for weeks or months due to the pandemic. Opportunities must be prioritised for essential connections between families at end-of-life care.

New Transatlantic Partnership will Transform Research and Clinical Landscapes in Mental Health

The new partnership between Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Oxford, the University of Toronto, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, will enable the development of key structures to facilitate collaboration.

Seven in Ten Patients Hospitalised with COVID-19 Not Fully Recovered After Five Months

COVID-19 Mental Health

The majority of survivors who left hospital following COVID-19 did not fully recover five months after discharge and continued to experience negative impacts on their physical and mental health, as well as ability to work, according to results released by the PHOSP-COVID study.

Healthy Start, Happy Start Study

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Early intervention Mental Health

Healthy Start, Happy start is a randomised controlled trial that tested the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of a brief parenting programme - Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD).

Oxford Awarded Major Funding to Probe Childhood Poverty and Social Inequalities

Awards Child and adolescent Mental Health

Ground-breaking multi-disciplinary research is to be launched today by the University of Oxford into the impact of poverty and social inequalities in early childhood, thanks to major funding from the Leverhulme Trust.

New Way of Understanding Dissociation Could Improve Patient Care

Mental Health Psychosis

New research has developed a novel measure of dissociative experiences that share a subjective 'felt sense of anomaly'. This new approach could revolutionise how clinicians understand dissociative experiences across a range of mental health disorders, and how they work with patients with dissociation in the future.

Covid-19 vaccination programme: where do people with mental health difficulties lie within the order of priority?

COVID-19 Mental Health

A new blog authored by mental health clinicians and researchers in the Department of Psychiatry and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, and published in thebmjopinion, discusses the priority groups for COVID-19 vaccinations.

New Analysis Challenges Guidelines on Treating Anorexia Nervosa

Mental Health Psychological therapy

A new analysis, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, has shown a lack of strong evidence to support current guidance on psychological therapies for treating anorexia nervosa over expert treatment as usual.

Children’s Mental Health Worse in the New Lockdown

Anxiety COVID-19 Child and adolescent Early intervention Mental Health Psychological therapy

The proportion of secondary school aged girls with emotional problems in January 2021 was at the highest level reported since March 2020, highlights latest report from the Co-SPACE study. It also shows parent and carer reported behavioural, emotional, and restless/attentional difficulties in their offspring have increased again since the latest national lockdown was introduced.

IF Funds New VR Treatment for Young People with Schizophrenia

Virtual reality

The International Foundation has awarded Professor Daniel Freeman and team in the Department of Psychiatry a £1 million grant to develop and test a virtual reality program to help young people with schizophrenia increase their self-confidence.

Dame Fiona Caldicott

Dame Fiona Caldicott sadly passed away yesterday. She was Principal of Somerville College, Oxford, from 1996 until 2012, also serving as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, responsible for personnel and equal opportunities. From 2009 until 2019 she was chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

New WA Handley Chair of Psychiatry Appointed

Awards Mental Health

Professor John Geddes has been appointed to the WA Handley Professorship of Psychiatry and will take up this post in November 2021. He will be a fellow of Merton College. A donation from the WA Handley Trust endowed the first Chair of Psychiatry in the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry, which was founded in 1969.

Improving Experiences of People with Serious Mental Health Problems

Mental Health

A project led by Professor Kam Bhui and Dr Roisin Mooney, University of Oxford, will focus on reducing the number of people admitted or readmitted to compulsory care under the Mental Health Act. This is one of four new research projects funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with the aim to improve patient experiences and outcomes under the Mental Health Act.

Just Over Half of British Indians Would Get COVID Vaccine

COVID-19 Mental Health

University of Oxford researchers from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) and the Department of Psychiatry, in collaboration with The 1928 Institute, have published a major new study on the impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s largest BME population.

Investigating New Treatment for Schizophrenia

Mental Health Schizophrenia

A partnership between University of Oxford, the Earlham Institute, and the global pharmaceutical companies Biogen Inc and Boehringer Ingelheim is announced today to investigate a new drug target for the treatment of schizophrenia.

Parental Mental Health Worse Since New National Restrictions

COVID-19 Child and adolescent Early intervention Mental Health Psychological therapy

Parental stress, depression, and anxiety have again increased since new national restrictions have been introduced according to the latest report from the Oxford University led COVID-19 Supporting Parents, Adolescents, and Children in Epidemics (Co-SPACE) study based on data from over 6000 UK parents.

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