Health and Wellbeing Cohort: Physical Activity Questionnaire

The University of York is working in partnership with Northumbria University, Sheffield Hallam University and King's College London to understand what predicts physical activity participation in people with severe mental ill health (SMI).

The Physical Activity Questionnaire aims to benchmark physical activity in people with SMI, explore views on exercise and understand how to make physical activity more accessible.

The Closing The Gap: Physical Activity Questionnaire is currently recruiting from the Closing The Gap: Health and Wellbeing Cohort (CTG:HWB Cohort).


People with SMI on average die earlier than those in the general population and one of the biggest contributors to these early deaths is smoking.

The SCIMITAR+ trial examines whether a smoking cessation intervention tailored to the needs of people with SMI is more effective than standard stop smoking interventions.

People who took part in the CTG:HWB Cohort who smoked and said that they would like to do something about their smoking were invited to take part in the SCIMITAR+ trial.

Professor Simon Gilbody, chief investigator for this study, said: "Using the CTG:HWB Cohort to recruit to SCIMITAR+ helped us to achieve the recruitment target for the trial ahead of schedule."


DAWN-SMI is a project within the DIAMONDS programme that aims to improve outcomes and services for people with diabetes and a severe mental ill health (SMI).

DAWN-SMI is a survey exploring the psychosocial impact of diabetes and diabetes care provision for people with SMI and is being completed by patients, carers and healthcare staff. The survey explores diabetes distress, quality of life and factors affecting diabetes self-management. For more information see the DIAMONDS website.

People who participated in the CTG:HWB Cohort were invited to participate in DAWN-SMI.

Meeting the Physical Healthcare Needs of People with Serious Mental Illness in Primary Care

As part of her PhD Fellowship "Meeting the physical healthcare needs of people with serious mental illness in primary care", funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Kate Bosanquet is carrying out interviews with people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder about the challenges they face looking after their physical health.