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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

 

Applying to use the system

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Surveillance System

        


 

CAPSS Workshop - Surveillance Epidemiology in Mental Health

Professor Tamsin Ford, Chair of the CAPSS Executive and Richard Lynn, CAPSS Scientific Advisor, ran a full day workshop on how to run a study using CAPSS in May 2013 in London.

 

  • “Excellent spacing of lectures and exercises. Whole day felt relaxed and nuturing."
  • “It has been incredibly interesting and stimulating for ideas and working for future projects. Thank you.”
  • “Excellent workshop and system looks great."


Eligibility

 

CAPSS can be used to survey a wide range of rare but important disorders and events in the CAMHS field.

 

The condition of interest is a rare childhood disorder or event (or a rare complication of a more common condition) of such low incidence or prevalence as to require ascertainment of cases on a national scale in order to generate sufficient numbers for study. The CAPSS Executive Committee may also consider inclusion of short-term or geographically limited studies of comparatively more common conditions.

 

Consideration of suitability takes into account:

 

* the public health and scientific importance of the study

*  the feasibility and acceptability of the methodology to be employed

 

Studies will not usually be considered if they are:

 

*  Expecting more than 300 new cases a year - Clinical trials - Case control studies;

*  Developing a registry - Requires long-term follow up - Requires retrospective reporting

 


Application process

 

The CAPSS has a two phase application procedure:

 

CAPSS application process

  • Phase 1 is a short initial application submitted in order for the CAPSS Executive to understand the condition you wish to undertake. Applications may be rejected at this stage particularly if they do not fit the eligibility criteria.

 

  • Phase 2 is a more detailed application requiring the submission of the research questionnaire, details on costings and administrative support available. Studies may be rejected at this stage, primarily due to the likely difficulties in answering research objectives or problems with a case definition.

 

 

 

 

Phase 1 application

 

Please read the applications guidelines before completion. The application forms must be submitted 1 month before the date of a CAPSS Executive.

 

  • You may be required to attend the Executive to present your application.
  • Applications may be rejected at this stage particularly if they do not fit the eligibility criteria.
  • If approved a more detailed Phase 2 application will be sought, see Phase 2 Applications/Guidelines (below).
  • Approval of the Phase 1 does not mean that the Phase 2 application will be automatically accepted.

 

Phase 2 application

 

 

Applicants are encouraged to approach relevant support or public involvement groups to inform them of the proposed study and, where possible, involve them in it. For useful resources please see our information on public involvement.

 

Please read the applications guidelines before completion. The application forms must be submitted 1 month before the date of a CAPSS Executive. For examples of previous questionnaires and protocol cards, please see our current and completed studies.

 

Advice about involving the public in your study:  

 

  • You may be required to attend the Executive to present your application.
  • If the study is approved you will need MREC and NIGB-ECC approval. Visit the IRAS site for the appropriate paperwork.


Application Deadlines

  • Deadline for applications for September 2014 Executive review: Wed 27 August 2014
  • Deadline for applications for November 2014 Executive review: Fri 31 October 2014

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