Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
09/03/2016
Date assigned
09/08/2016
Last edited
12/09/2016
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
Recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Relatives of people with psychosis and bipolar disorder provide a huge amount of care. This caring role can cause them a lot of distress and financial stress with relatives reporting high levels of stigma, worry, shame and guilt, trauma, and loss. NICE Guidelines include a recommendation to provide information and support to all relatives. The Relatives Education and Coping Toolkit (REACT) was developed to offer an easy to use online supported intervention (program) for relatives. The intervention was developed with a lot of involvement from clinicians and relatives, provides relatives with information and support, and has been shown to reduce relatives’ distress. The next challenge is to understand how this kind of intervention can be successfully implemented into routine clinical practice. This is important because despite investment in the development and evaluation of new health technologies (such as REACT) there is a huge gap between these technologies, and what people receive in the NHS. This is called the “implementation gap”. It has been recognised that more research is needed to understand how new effective technologies can be successfully implemented in real world clinical settings to ensure patients and relatives benefit from them. The IMPART study will investigate how the REACT toolkit is implemented into Early Intervention Services as part of routine clinical practice in NHS Trusts. Researchers will carry out detailed analysis of what happens in each NHS Trust during the process of adopting the REACT intervention. The aim is to understand what factors support successful implementation of REACT so that it can be improved. The findings will have broader implications for understanding how other similar interventions can be successfully implemented.

Who can participate?
Relatives using REACT and healthcare staff involved in implementing REACT.

What does the study involve?
This study involves interviews and observations of meetings with staff responsible for implementing the REACT toolkit and relatives using the REACT toolkit, and involves 6 NHS trusts (3 in the north and 3 in the south). IMPART occurs in three waves (steps), in each wave there is 1 north site and 1 south site. The waves occur every three months. In each wave after 6 months of implementing IMPART, interviews and observations of key meetings are run with mental health service NHS staff. Interviews with relatives or carers that have used the REACT toolkit are also done to understand relative’s experiences of using the REACT toolkit. In addition to this, information using google analytics are collected obtained to identify relative’s usage of the site.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Not provided at time of registration

Where is the study run from?
6 UK NHS trusts

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
March 2016 to August 2018

Who is funding the study?
National Institute for Health Research (UK)

Who is the main contact?
1. Professor Fiona Lobban (scientific)
f.lobban@lancaster.ac.uk
2. Ms Victoria Appleton (public)
v.appleton@lancaster.ac.uk

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Fiona Lobban

ORCID ID

Contact details

Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research
Division of Health Research
Lancaster University
Lancaster
LA1 4YG
United Kingdom
+44 1524 593752
f.lobban@lancaster.ac.uk

Type

Public

Additional contact

Ms Victoria Appleton

ORCID ID

Contact details

Lancaster University
Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research
Division of Health Research
Lancaster
LA1 4YG
United Kingdom
+44 1524 595035
v.appleton@lancaster.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

HRM 7892

Study information

Scientific title

Implementation of a relatives' toolkit (IMPART Study): Examining the critical success factors, barriers, and facilitators to the implementation of an online supported self-management intervention in the NHS

Acronym

IMPART

Study hypothesis

The study aims to understand the critical success factors, facilitators, barriers, and resources needed to integrate an online supported self-management intervention for relatives of people with recent onset psychosis into routine clinical care, and to use this information to develop a national Implementation Plan. Findings from this study will also be used to develop the growing evidence base investigating the translation of research findings into clinical practice, particularly regarding supported self-management interventions in mental health.

Objectives:
1. Measure the uptake and use of REACT by NHS EIS teams and relatives
2. Identify the critical success factors, facilitators and barriers to implementation of REACT
3. Identify the resources (and costs) needed for successful implementation of REACT in EIS teams
4. Investigate the impact of REACT on self-reported relatives' outcomes
5. Develop a user friendly REACT Implementation Plan and related resources (inc Fidelity Scale) to facilitate widespread use and dissemination within the NHS
6. Use the findings from this study to further develop theories of implementation of supported self-management interventions in the NHS

Ethics approval

East of England - Cambridge South Research Ethics Committee, 26/01/2016, ref: 16/EE/0022

Study design

Iterative case series design

Primary study design

Observational

Secondary study design

Case series

Trial setting

Community

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet.

Condition

Relatives and friends supporting people with mental health problems in early intervention teams

Intervention

IMPART is an implementation study and not a trial. Essentially the study will conduct interviews and observations of meetings with staff responsible for implementing the REACT toolkit and relatives using the REACT toolkit, across 6 trusts (3 in the north and 3 in the south). IMPART occurs in three waves, in each wave there is 1 north site and 1 south site. The waves occur in 6 monthly intervals. In each wave after 6 months of implementing IMPART, interviews and observations of key meetings will be conducted with early intervention metal health service NHS staff. Interviews with relatives or carers that have used the REACT toolkit will also be conducted to understand relative’s experiences of using the REACT toolkit. Information using google analytics will also be obtained to identify relative’s usage of the site.

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Identification of the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of an online intervention to support relatives of people with bipolar and psychosis

Secondary outcome measures

The impact of the REACT toolkit on relatives' self reported outcome measures

Overall trial start date

01/03/2016

Overall trial end date

31/08/2018

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Inclusion for relatives:
Any relative receiving care through the participating EIS service will be eligible to be invited to use the REACT toolkit.
However, to take part in the data collection for the research study (questionnaires and
interviews), relatives will be required to be:
1. Aged 16 and over
2. Able to give legal consent
3. Good working use of English language as no translation available

Inclusion for the EIS staff and IMPART lead observations and Interviews:
1. Interviews and qualitative analysis: key people from relevant stakeholder groups responsible for implementing REACT in the 6 selected mental health trusts, these will include service commissioners, service managers, supporters, relatives.
2. Interviews, observations and document analysis: all staff involved in the implementation of REACT across the six trusts selected

Good knowledge of spoken and written English is essential

Participant type

Mixed

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

372

Participant exclusion criteria

Relatives:
Not receiving clinical support from participating EIS teams

Staff:
Not working in participating EIS services

Recruitment start date

01/03/2016

Recruitment end date

31/08/2018

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust
Carleton Clinic Cumwhinton Road
Carlisle
CA1 3SX
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Greater Manchestwe West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Bury New Road Prestwich
Manchester
M35 3BL
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Northumberland, Tyne AND Wear NHS Foundation Trust
St Nicholas Hosptial Jubilee Road Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE3 3XT
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

West London Menal Health NHS Trust
Trust Headquaters St Bernarsd Hosptial Uxbridge Road Southall
Middlesex
UB1 3EU
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
St Pancras Hosptial 4 St Pancras Way
London
NW1 0PE
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
18 Mole Business Park Randalls Road
Leatherhead
KT22 7AD
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Lancaster University

Sponsor details

Research Support Office
B58 Bowland Main
Lancaster University
Lancaster
LA1 4YT
United Kingdom
+44 1524 592605
ethics@lancaster.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

www.lancasteruniversity.ac.uk

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

National Institute for Health Research

Alternative name(s)

NIHR

Funding Body Type

government organisation

Funding Body Subtype

Federal/National Government

Location

United Kingdom

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Publication plan:
1. Systematic Review Protocol, Journal of Implementation Science
2. Implementation Guide for REACT for users: The exact nature of the Implementation Plan cannot be determined at this stage but will include: a video rationale for the use of REACT including research and policy context; a step-by-step guide to successful implementation of REACT; a Fidelity Scale to enable Trusts to self-monitor fidelity to the Implementation Plan; online REACT supporter training toolkit; a summary of resources needed to implement REACT; measures/evaluation tools to evaluate uptake and outcome for relatives; case examples describing the process of implementation across participating Trusts – where the focus is on identifying and overcoming key barriers. Journal of medical internet research/NIHR website
3. Costs of delivering healthcare online – what does it really save? Analysis of initial set up – but also costs of any strategies to facilitate implementation and sustain delivery. Journal of health service research.
4. Theory & methodology Development. Journal of implementation science
5. Implications of findings for development of underlying theoretical framework, Journal
6. Experiences of running iterative case study implementation study in the NHS – lessons learned Journal
7. Digital Interventions Journal

Dissemination Plan:
1. A workshop to facilitate the uptake of REACT by none participating EIS teams;
2. A dissemination event focusing on development of theory underlying implementation of supported self-management interventions within the NHS that can be used to inform service development in other clinical areas where supported self-management interventions are being used for people with long term health conditions and their carers
3. Study website to keep everything held on and up to date www.reactclinic.co.uk
4. Conference – family intervention in psychosis
5. Conference – implementation science
6. Conference – digital health

Intention to publish date

31/08/2019

Participant level data

Not expected to be available

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

12/09/2016: Internal review