Reviews, evaluations and reports

Access our independent systematic reviews, our evaluations of mental health services and interventions, and the reports we've developed with other organisations.

View or download the published documents below, and find out more about our research projects and evaluations that are in development.

Our reports contain recommendations and practical help for mental health services, by describing the culture and initiatives of services that lead by example in how they work and what they do.

Research projects in development

Systematic reviews

We carry out systematic reviews of evidence related to a variety of mental health topics:

Access the PDF of:

Barnett P, Oshinowo I, Cooper C, Taylor C, Smith S & Pilling S. The association between social class and the impact of treatment for mental health problems: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2022;

Rapid reviews

We produce rapid reviews of the evidence:

View and download the review that assesses evidence of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the incidence and prevalence of mental health problems in the UK. The review also identifies potential risk factors related to the planning of mental health service provision.


We carry out evaluations of mental health services, interventions and training programmes:

Evaluations in development

  • Evaluation of the impact on treatment outcomes of integrating physical activity into psychological treatments for depression and anxiety disordersin NHS Talking Therapies services in Camden and Islington and Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies, for Sport England


We write reports on specific areas of mental health care, commissioned by other organisations:

'All Age Crisis Care: Recommendations and Positive Practice' makes recommendations for the improvement and delivery of high-quality mental health care. It describes exemplar services and initiatives that demonstrate those recommendations in practice.

Find out more and download the report here.

'A Happy, Healthy Workplace: Workforce Wellbeing, Recruitment and Retention in Mental Health Services' identifies seven key aspects of staff health and wellbeing, with positive practice examples from services for each recommendation. It gives practical advice and highlights some excellent initiatives from statutory, voluntary and emergency mental health services.

Find out more and download the report here.


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