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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Report by Professor Swaran Singh published in Programme Grants for Applied Research

Professor Swaran Singh, one of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust’s leading consultant psychiatrists, led the third study to be published in the Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) journal. It describes the ENRICH programme, three interlinked mixed-methods studies aimed at understanding ethnic and cultural determinants of help-seeking and pathways to care.

Results suggested that statutory healthcare organisations need to work closely with community groups to improve pathways to care for BME service users and, that rather than universal public education campaigns, researchers need to develop and evaluate public awareness programmes that are specifically focused on BME groups.
You can read the full report here.
Professor Singh said: “The main purpose of scientific research is to challenge existing certainties and provide fresh answers to old questions. The ENRICH programme shows that ethnic differences in early psychosis are due to a complex interplay between how different cultural groups attribute meaning to the bewildering experience of emerging psychosis and how these determine help-seeking. NHS services need to develop collaborative partnerships with faith organisations and other community groups so that services are accessible and appropriate for the diverse populations we serve. Hopefully the findings will go some way towards restoring trust between minority communities and mental health services.”
As well as being Head of Division for Mental Health and Wellbeing at University of Warwick and Hub Lead for the Mental Health Research Network at the Heart of England Hub, Professor Singh was appointed as a Commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) board earlier this year.