Funded by: The NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (£1.7 Million)

About the Project

Around 60,000 people with mental health problems live in supported accommodation in England, typically receiving one of three types of support: residential care, supported housing or floating outreach. However, little is known about the quality, cost and effectiveness of these services.

Project Aims

  • To deliver the first standardised quality assessment tool for supported accommodation.
  • To compose a detailed description of supported accommodation services in England and those who use them.
  • To provide evidence on clinical and cost-effectiveness of these services.
  • To explore the feasibility of a trial to test the clinical and cost effectiveness of two models of supported housing.

Find out more about Quest

Investigators

  • Professor Helen Killaspy (Chief Investigator, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London)
  • Professor Stefan Priebe (Centre for Psychiatry, Queen Mary University of London)
  • Professor Michael King (Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London)
  • Professor Sandra Eldridge (Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London)
  • Professor Paul McCrone  (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London)
  • Professor Geoff Shepherd (Centre for Mental Health, University College London)
  • Maurice Arbuthnott (North London Service User Research Forum, Division of Psychiatry, University College London)
  • Professor Gerard Leavey (The Bamford Centre, Ulster University)
  • Jake Eliot (National Housing Federation)
  • Wendy Wallace (Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Professor Sarah Curtis (Institute of Hazard and Risk Research, Durham University)
  • Sarah Dowling (Project Manager, QuEST Project, Division of Psychiatry, University College London)
  • Isobel Harrison, Joanna Krotofil and Peter McPherson (Research Associates, QuEST Project, Division of Psychiatry, University College London)
  • Sima Sandhu (Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine, Queen Mary University of London)

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