Launch of our new programme grant (Apr 2018)

May 2018 sees the start of our new self-management programme grant DIAMONDS. The aim 

of this NIHR-funded study is to develop and evaluate a diabetes self-management intervention 

for people with severe mental illness and type 2 diabetes, and to explore the generalisability of 

our approach to other comorbid long-term physical health conditions. More details on this grant 

will be added to the site in coming weeks as the study gets underway.

Diamonds Newsletter Issue 6 (Apr 2018)

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DIAMONDS VOICE PPI Meeting (Feb 2018)

Our PPI panel DIAMONDS VOICE braved the February snow to meet at the John Lewis Community Hub 

in Leeds. Topics for discussion included our new logos, questions to be included in upcoming interviews, 

and publicity and events. Click here for more information on the work our PPI panel does.

Diamonds Newsletter Issue 5 (Dec 2017)

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Recent interview with Lead Researcher Dr Najma Siddiqi

Our Lead Researcher Dr Najma Siddiqi was interviewed recently about her experience of successfully applying for an NIHR  

programme development grant. Read the interview here.

Diamonds PPI celebration event (September 2017)

On the 4th September we had our annual celebration meeting to acknowledge the 

contributions made by our panel to the DIAMONDS research programme. A series 

of presentations by members of the research team brought the panel up to speed 

on the progress of the various projects that they have advised on, and our new 

project, EMERALD, was introduced. This study involves qualitative interviews

with patients, relatives and healthcare professionals, and the PPI panel will play a 

key role in advising on the project for the next two years. 



New Staff Members (September 2017)

A warm welcome to three new members of the DIAMONDS team based at the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, 

University of York. All are working on our study 'Improving Diabetes Outcomes for People with Severe Mental Illness'. Dr Lu Han will

be working on the analysis of patient record data, Dr Sue Bellass will be conducting and analysing interviews with people living with 

SMI and diabetes, their family members and healthcare professionals, and Lynne Bainbridge will be providing administrative 


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