Participant Information – Online Survey


Do you work clinically in a GP practice OR in an NHS mental health trust? (including via an agency)


If so we would like to invite you to participate in a brief anonymous survey study about physical health screening in people with mental illness.


The survey:

We will ask about your perspectives, and a few questions about knowledge.  The purpose is to identify any barriers and facilitators to detecting and treating these problems, and to inform future changes or training.

We will not collect any identifying information from you, so your responses are completely anonymous and we would not be able to link them back to you even if we tried (which we wont). Please do not enter any names or personally identifiable information.


The survey takes 2-3 minutes to complete.


Who is in the research team?

The research is being conducted by Sophie Faulkner (Specialist Occupational Therapist Researcher, GMMH), and Katy Bourne (Senior Research Assistant / Clinical Psychologist, GMMH) with support of Richard Drake (Consultant Psychiatrist / Senior Lecturer, GMMH).

We also have senior advisory team members Joseph Firth (UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Manchester), David Shiers (carer / retired GP), Megan Kalucy (Psychiatrist / Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales), Hannah Myles (Psychiatrist / Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide), plus 5 patient and carer contributors with relevant lived experience who are kept anonymous.


Who has reviewed this study?

The study proposal has been reviewed internally by GMMH, and has received approval from the Health Research Authority (HRA), NHS management approval has been obtained, and the study has been reviewed by patient involvement contributors.


Who is funding this study?

This study is funded by Closing the Gap Network, who are based at the University of York.  Closing the Gap Network fund research about reducing physical health inequality in people with severe mental illness.


Are there any risks involved in taking part?

There are no distressing questions or content, we do not anticipate any risk to you.


Are there any benefits to taking part?

There are no immediate benefits to you, although it is possible some of the questions may raise your awareness of certain issues.

The research team will be providing some training related to the topics covered, it is open to all not just participants, we will give you the option to be contacted about this.


Prize draw

As a thank you, you will be offered the option to participate in a prize draw to win a £50 voucher (retailer/company options will be offered).


Further contact

Further contact is optional.  At the end of the survey you will be offered the option to provide your email address and contact preferences through a separate link, which will keep your email unconnected to your responses.  Your email will be stored on a secure NHS server, cannot be linked to responses, will be kept confidential, and will be deleted after use to contact you as per your selections.

You will have options to participate in the prize draw, to be sent the findings, and to be sent a direct invitation to training on the topics covered (training will also be advertised via GMMH and promoted to GP practices).


What will happen to the results of the study?

The results will be communicated to researchers, healthcare practitioners, patients and the public.  We aim to publish the results in an academic journal, and to share the results other ways such as at conferences or educational events, and online.  We may use short direct quotes from the free-text responses, if you have entered something we think might make you or someone else identifiable we will not publish or share this information. You will be given an option to be sent a copy of the results at the end, and we will share the results in GMMH and with GP practices.


Future use of this data:
The aggregated data may be provided to researchers running other similar research studies related to sleep and/or mental health. Your information will only be used to conduct research in accordance with the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

Because your data is provided anonymously and we wont be able to identify it, and you will not be able to withdraw your data.


Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

Your participation is anonymous so no-one will know you have taken part unless you tell them.


General Data Protection Regulations Information

We (GMMH as sponsor) will not collect any identifiable information, unless you choose to provide your email for further contact, in which case it will be kept separate to the project data and not connected to it.


How will we use information about you?

  • If you provide your email address (optional) for further contact, we will use it only to contact you as above, and not for this research project.
  • As the email addresses collected do not form part of the research project data people conducting audit or monitoring will not have access to it and it will be deleted after we have contacted you as requested.
  • People who do not need to know who you are will not be able to see the list of email addresses we collect.
  • We will keep all information about you safe and secure.
  • We will write our reports in a way that no-one can work out that you took part in the study.


What are your choices about how your information is used?

You wont be able to withdraw your anonymous responses as we wont be able to identify them.  You can ask us to delete your email at any time and we will.


Where can you find out more about how your information is used?

You can find out more about how we use your information at or by asking one of the research team who will answer your questions and can point you to Greater Manchester Mental Health’s Data Protection Officer.



To continue:
Either close this window to return to the survey, or visit to complete the survey



Please feel free to contact the research team if you have any questions at all:

Sophie Faulkner: 07990 344 544 /

Katy Bourne: 07917 606 863 /



How do I complain if I am not happy with the conduct of the study?

If you have concerns or complaints about any aspect of this study, you can ask to speak to the researchers who will do their best to answer your questions. Please speak to Sophie Faulkner at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, on 07990 344 544 or  If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you can do this by contacting the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust Customer Care Team Manager on 0161 358 0600 or 0800 587 4793. It will be helpful to keep this information in case you need it for future reference. 


Participant Information V1.2: 13/04/2021
IRAS ID: 297138
Staff views on physical health screening in people with severe mental illnesses