Position on appointment: Research and Development Manager
Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy/Leeds Partnerships Foundation Trust
Tom is a Speech and Language Therapist by training with a particular practical interest in working with individuals with mental health and learning difficulties across the lifespan. Following completion of a PhD at the University of Sheffield which examined social interaction in children on the autism spectrum, Tom worked in academic settings before joining NSCAP/Leeds PFT in August 2009. His remit at NSCAP is to develop a research capacity within the organisation, and accordingly he is involved in a number of research projects related to the development and evaluation of appropriate, accessible and effective multi-agency mental health services for the most complex of children, young people and families.
In Tom's Scholarship project, he examined the implementation within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) of NICE's clinical guidance for managing moderate/severe depression in adolescents. Tom worked closely with practitioners and service users across three regional CAMHS to map care pathways for adolescents with profiles of more intractable or complex mental health needs that include depression as a component. He then conducted detailed semi-structured interviews with practitioners and service users in these services to examine three related issues: firstly, how and why care pathways varied between these specific services; secondly, any apparent practical or organisational barriers to the implementation of NICE's guidance in these services; and thirdly, the involvement of individual service users within these services in decision-making about their own care.
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