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Connect project: Co-Production of Policing Evidence, Research and Training - Focus Mental Health

Connect was a collaborative project between the University of York and North Yorkshire Police with York Trials Unit leading on two research streams:

The Connect Project was funded by The College of Policing, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Home Office, as part of the £10 million Police Knowledge Fund to encourage collaboration between universities and police forces.

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Funder(s): College of Policing, HEFCE and the Home Office
Start date: September 2015
Expiry date: March 2017


Internal Staff

York Trials Unit members David Torgerson, Catherine Hewitt, Catriona McDaid, Alison Booth, Arabella Scantlebury (nee Clarke) and Adwoa Parker (nee Hughes-Morley) worked on the RCT with Martin Webber and Nicola Moran from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work.

Catriona McDaid, Alison Booth, Arabella Scantlebury, and Adwoa Parker undertook the systematic reviews in consultation with Inspector Bill Scott, Mental Health Partnership Development Inspector for North Yorkshire Police.

External Collaborators

Representatives of North Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioners Office worked closely with York Trials Unit and the other University of York departments involved in the Connect project. These were Public Health and Society Unit in the Department of Health Sciences, School for Business and Society, the Institute for Effective Education and the Department of Politics. The Principle Investigator for the project was Professor Martin Smith, Head of the Department of Politics.


Parker A, Scantlebury A, Booth A, et al. Interagency collaboration models for people with mental ill health in contact with the police: a systematic scoping review. BMJ Open 2018;8:e019312. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-019312  
Scantlebury A, McDaid C, Booth A, Fairhurst C, Parker A, Payne R, et al. Undertaking a randomised controlled trial in the police setting: methodological and practical challenges. Trials 2017;18:615.  DOI 10.1186/s13063-017-2369-6  

Scantlebury A, McDaid C, Booth A, Fairhurst C, Parker A, et al. Effectiveness of a training programme for Police Officers who come into contact with people with mental health problems: protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Publicly available on Connect and YTU websites prior to randomisation.