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About inspire 

  • inspire is a new initiative within the Trust and stands for involving service users, carers and the public in research

  • inspire is the first Mental Health focused scheme within Norfolk and Suffolk to engage  service users, carers and the general public in all NSFT Research activities. Members of inspire make up three panels that focus on different areas of research; youth, adult and older age.

  • inspire members get involved in all stages of research including design, development of new research ideas, being named on grant funding applications, assisting and feeding back on the practicalities of live studies, sharing research findings and creating their own research.

  • inspire is for you and we continue to develop it based on your feedback and views.


inspire public forums
inspire public forums take place twice a year and provide a space where members of inspire can meet together and with researchers and research staff both from the Trust and other organisations to share and discuss all the latest local developments in mental health research.

inspire panels
The inspire youth panel is made up primarily of young people with an interest in or with experience of accessing youth mental health services. 

An example of research already reviewed by the Youth Panel is: An evaluation of the NSFT Youth Service.

The inspire adult panel is our largest panel and is formed of service users, the public and representatives for mental health focussed local organisations. The adult panel are also particularly proactive in developing their own research ideas and are keen to collaborate with researchers.

An example of a study reviewed by the adult panel is: The co-production of personal stories with people who use adult mental health services to inform recovery: A pilot study

The inspire older age panel is made up of service user and members of the public, we also have a number of carers on this panel.  This panel has a wide interest in older age mental health issues including dementia and carer related research.

An example of a study reviewed by the older age panel is: Prevalence, causes and consequences of dementia unknown to primary care services: a data linkage study.

inspire impact: Case studies

Coming soon: A list of studies that inspire has supported. This will include studies that have received funding which inspire has supported.

We have attempted to answer a lot of your questions about inspire in our FAQ leaflet which can be accessed here Some of our most common questions are shown below:

Q: I want to join inspire. How do I do this?
Please email to express your interest and we'll send you a full membership form to complete. Once we receive this we will add you to the inspire database and contact you about initial training. Once you have received this training you can take part fully with all inspire activities.

Q: I am a researcher that wants to access inspire. How do I do this?
Please contact for more details. If you would like research to be reviewed by inspire we ask you to provide us with a two-sided summary of your research that is written in plain English.

Q: I want to suggest my own research ideas, not through inspire.
If you have a research idea that you do not want to develop through inspire please email us directly and someone will get back to you to discuss this further.