Dr Steve Gillard is Reader in Social and Community Mental Health in the Population Health Research Institute. His current research focuses on the increasing role played by people with lived experience in producing the services that they use - the development of more distributed forms of mental health practice - including the introduction of new Peer Worker roles in mental health services.
Dr Gillard's research is underpinned by standpoint epistemology and co-production approaches to research; working alongside researchers with lived experience of mental health problems to critique and strengthen, methodologically, the way in which we produce knowledge about mental health.
His other research explores experiential understandings of living with personality disorder, and self-management of long term physical and mental health conditions.
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A musician by training, Dr Steve Gillard began his research career in the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University, winning a Cadbury Charitable Trust Fellowship to undertake a PhD in Youth, Identity and Conflict in the former-Yugoslavia (1999). In 2001 he moved into the voluntary sector to undertake research with the mental health charity, Mind, before joining St George's, University of London in 2005.
Dr Gillard is currently module lead for the Mental Health & Wellbeing module in the new Health & Wellbeing MSc programme. He was previously Course Director of the MRes in Mental Health, has supervised MSc projects in Forensic Mental Health and Health Sciences, and intercalated BSc projects, and teaches qualitative components on research methods courses.
Steve Gillard's research focuses on evaluating new ways of delivering mental health services; the development of more distributed forms of mental health practice including peer support, peer-led services and community engagement in the co-design and delivery of services.
Gillard S, Edwards C, Gibson S, Owen K & Wright C (2013) Introducing Peer Worker roles into UK mental health service teams: a qualitative analysis of the organisational benefits and challenges. BMC Health Services Research 13:188
Gillard S, Simons L, Turner K et al (2012) Patient and Public Involvement in the Coproduction of Knowledge: Reflection on the Analysis of Qualitative Data in a Mental Health Study. Qualitative Health Research 22, 1126-1137
Gillard S, Adams K, Edwards C, et al. (2012) Informing the development of services supporting self-care for severe, long term mental health conditions: a mixed method study of community based mental health initiatives in England. BMC Health Services Research 12:189
Lucock M, Gillard S, Edwards C et al (2011) Self Care in Mental Health Services: a narrative review. Health & Social Care in the Community DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2011.01014.x
Turton P, Wright C, Gillard S et al (2011) One size fits all - or Horses for Courses? Recovery-based care in specialist Mental Health Services. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology DOI 10.1007/s00127-009-0174-6
Gillard S, Borschmann R, Turner K (2010) ‘What difference does it make?’ Finding evidence of the impact of mental health service user researchers on research into the experiences of detained psychiatric patients. Health Expectations DOI: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2010.00596.x
Gillard S, White R, Miller S & Turner K (in press) Open access peer support groups for people experiencing personality disorders: do group members' experiences reflect the theoretical foundations of the SUN Project? Psychology & Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice
Gillard S, Borschmann R, Turner K et al (2011) Producing different analytical narratives, co-producing integrated analytical narrative: a qualitative study of UK detained mental health patient experiences involving service user researchers. International Journal of Social Research Methodology DOI 10.1080/13645579.2011.572673
Gillard S, Turner K, Lovell K et al (2010) Staying Native: Co-production in Mental Health Services. Research International Journal of Health Service Management 23(6) 567-577
Jessica-Rose Holley - Exploring the impact of risk management on the implementation of recovery orientated care in mental health NHS Trusts.
Mirella Genziani - The path less travelled: understanding detainee and professional experiences of Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
Catherine Gamble - Developing and testing a role inventory for family carer peer support workers.
Christine Edwards, Emeritus Professor of Human Resource Management, Kingston University Business School.
Eivor Oborn, Professor of Healthcare Management, Warwick Business School.
Mike Lucock, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Huddersfield.
Mary Chambers, Professor of Mental Health Nursing, St George's, University of London/ Kingston University.
July 2011-May 2013 £277k Principal Investigator (NIHR HS&DR) New Ways of Working in mental health services: assessing and informing the emergence of Peer Worker roles in mental health service delivery.
July 2011-Dec 2013 £495k Co Investigator – PI Dr Irene Tuffrey-Wijne (NIHR HS&DR) Identifying the factors that affect the implementation of strategies to promote a safer environment for patients who have learning disabilities (LD) in NHS hospitals.
March 2011-Aug 2013 £720k Co Investigator – PI Dr Gill Mezey (NIHR HTA) Development of a peer mentoring intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy in looked after children and young women (CARMEN study).
Jan 2012-Oct 2012 £20k Principal Investigator (Health Foundation) Identifying the impacts and benefits of an integrated self-management programme for long term conditions in mental health.
Aug 2011-Mar 2012 £25k Co Investigator – PI Professor Mary Chambers (HPC) Service user involvement in the design and delivery of education and training programmes leading to registration with the Health Professions Council.
April 2011-Oct 2012 £20k Principal Investigator (AHSN) Understanding the impact on mental health service teams of the introduction of a Personal Navigator role: a mixed methods pilot study.
April 2009-Mar 2011 £249k Co Investigator – PI Professor Christine Edwards (NIHR SDO) Explaining Health Managers’ Information Seeking Behaviour and Use.
Mar 2007-Aug 2009 £270k Principal Investigator (NIHR SDO) Understanding the Facilitators & Barriers to Implementation of Self Care Policy in Mental Health NHS Trusts.
June 2006-Oct 2008 £90k Joint Principal Investigator with Professor Mary Chambers (SWLSTG) Understanding the Lived Experience of Detained Psychiatric Care.
Steve was previously Course Director of the MRes in Mental Health, has supervised MSc projects in Forensic Mental Health and Health Sciences, and intercalated BSc projects, and teaches qualitatively components on research methods courses.