Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
Date assigned
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Retrospectively registered
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Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Crisis Resolution Teams (CRTs) have been set up across England in the last decade to provide rapid assessment and intensive home treatment for people experiencing mental health crises, and prevent hospital admission when possible. Research suggests CRTs reduce hospital admissions and healthcare costs and increase service users' satisfaction with acute care. However, their impact appears to vary between areas and service users and carers report some areas of dissatisfaction with CRT care. There is still uncertainty about how CRTs should be organised and what the critical ingredients of care are. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of a CRT resource kit upon service user satisfaction with CRT care. Resource kits consist of guidance, training materials, and coaching and support for service managers and staff. We think that using the resource kit will decrease hospital admissions and improve staff morale.

Who can participate?
Crisis Resolution Teams (CRTs) in the UK

What does the study involve?
Participating CRTs are randomly allocated to either receive a CRT resource kit over a one-year period, or to not receive a CRT resource kit. Service user satisfaction, hospital admission rates and staff morale are compared between the two groups.

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

Where is the study run from?
University College London (UK)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
July 2014 to December 2015

Who is funding the study?
NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (UK)

Who is the main contact?
Dr Brynmor Lloyd-Evans

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Dr Brynmor Lloyd-Evans


Contact details

Department of Mental Health Sciences
Charles Bell House
67-73 Riding House Street
United Kingdom

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EudraCT number number

Protocol/serial number


Study information

Scientific title

Optimising team functioning, preventing relapse and enhancing recovery in Crisis Resolution Teams (CRTs): the CORE Programme (Crisis team Optimisation and RElapse prevention) CORE Phase 4: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial: Evaluation of implementation of a CRT Resource Kit


CORE: Phase 4

Study hypothesis

Aim: The primary aim is to evaluate the impact of a CRT resource kit upon service user satisfaction with CRT care.

Hypothesis: We hypothesise that the implementation of the CRT resource kit will result in an increase in a CRTs fidelity score. Following on from this, we predict that service user satisfaction and perceived continuity of care will be greater in CRTs that receive the resource kit compared to those that do not. In terms of service measures, we hypothesise that teams randomised to receive the resource kit, when compared to those that do not receive the intervention, will have fewer hospital admissions, compulsory admissions and inpatient bed days (adjusting for population size of the catchment area). We also predict that
staff morale, wellbeing and job involvement will be greater in teams that receive the resource kit.

Ethics approval

14/LO/0107; First MREC approval date 13/03/2014

Study design

Randomised; Interventional; Design type: Process of Care

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Secondary study design

Cluster randomised trial

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Trial type


Patient information sheet

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


Topic: Mental Health; Subtopic: Psychosis; Disease: Psychosis


This is a multi-site, cluster-randomised controlled trial (with CRT service as the unit of randomisation) comparing outcomes for 15 CRTs that receive a CRT resource kit over a one-year study period, with 10 CRTs that do not.

CORE CRT Resource Kit: The CRT resource kit is a team-level intervention, designed to provide guidance and coaching to help CRT managers and staff implement sustainable changes to service organisation and practice. It will be delivered and supported by a resource kit facilitator in each service.

Follow-Up Length: 12 month(s); Study Entry: Registration and One or More Randomisations

Intervention type



Phase IV

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Service user satisfaction with CRT care measured by Client Satisfaction Questionnaire; Timepoint(s): Approx. 12 months after commencement of intervention compared to baseline

Secondary outcome measures

1. Patient Records Admission Data (admission rates, bed use and readmissions to acute care); Timepoint(s): Admissions and readmissions over 6 months
2. Service user experienced continuity of care measured using Continu-um; Timepoint(s): Approx. 12 months after commencement of intervention compared to baseline
3. The General Health Questionnaire- Staff; Timepoint(s): Baseline and 12 months
4. Maslach Burnout Inventory - Staff; Timepoint(s): Baseline and 12 months
5. The Work Engagement Scale - Staff; Timepoint(s): Baseline and 12 months
6. The Work-Related Acceptance and Action Questionnaire - Staff; Timepoint(s): Baseline and 12 months

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Reason abandoned


Participant inclusion criteria

Service user inclusion criteria:
Adults (aged 18+) who have been on the caseload of a participating Crisis Resolution Team for at least a week

CRT inclusion criteria:

Target Gender: Male & Female; Lower Age Limit 18 years

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Age group




Target number of participants

Planned Sample Size: 1265; UK Sample Size: 1265

Participant exclusion criteria

Service user exclusion criteria:
1. People who lack capacity to consent to take part in the study
2. People who in the view of the clinical team at their Crisis Resolution Team present such a high risk of harm to others, it would be unsafe for researchers to contact them about participation, even just by phone or email.
3. People who are discharged to addresses outside the catchment area.
4. People who cannot understand the study information sheet or questionnaire when delivered in English.

CRT exclusion criteria:
1. CRT teams identified in a previous national survey conducted at an earlier stage of the CORE study as already operating at high fidelity (mean item score above 4) - i.e. teams with comparatively little capacity for service improvement
2. CRT teams where major change to the organisation of the service is planned during the duration of the trial
3. CRTs taking part in the concurrent CORE Phase 3 trial

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Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University College London
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (UK)

Sponsor details

Early Intervention Services
125-133 Camden High Street
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre



Funder type


Funder name

National Institute for Health Research Programme Grants for Applied Research (UK); Grant Codes: RP-PG-0109-10078

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Funding Body Type

government organisation

Funding Body Subtype

Federal/National Government


United Kingdom

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2015 protocol in:

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

13/04/2016: Plain English summary added. 23/03/2016: Publication reference added.