Dr Steve Gillard is Reader in Social and Community Mental Health in the Population Health Research Institute. His current research focuses on the increasing role played by people with lived experience in producing the services that they use - the development of more distributed forms of mental health practice - including the introduction of new Peer Worker roles in mental health services.
Dr Gillard's research is underpinned by standpoint epistemology and co-production approaches to research; working alongside researchers with lived experience of mental health problems to critique and strengthen, methodologically, the way in which we produce knowledge about mental health.
His other research explores experiential understandings of living with personality disorder, and self-management of long term physical and mental health conditions.
Read more about the Peer Worker Project.
A musician by training, Dr Steve Gillard began his research career in the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University, winning a Cadbury Charitable Trust Fellowship to undertake a PhD in Youth, Identity and Conflict in the former-Yugoslavia (1999). In 2001 he moved into the voluntary sector to undertake research with the mental health charity, Mind, before joining St George's, University of London in 2005.
Dr Gillard is currently module lead for the Mental Health & Wellbeing module in the new Health & Wellbeing MSc programme. He was previously Course Director of the MRes in Mental Health, has supervised MSc projects in Forensic Mental Health and Health Sciences, and intercalated BSc projects, and teaches qualitative components on research methods courses.
Steve Gillard's research focuses on evaluating new ways of delivering mental health services; the development of more distributed forms of mental health practice including peer support, peer-led services and community engagement in the co-design and delivery of services.
Giacco D, Amering M, … Gillard S, et al (2016) Scenarios for the future of the social in mental health care Lancet Psychiatry doi: 10.1016/s2215-0366(16)30219-X
Gillard S, Foster R, Papoulias K (2016) Patient and public involvement and the implementation of research into practice Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 11 (4), 256-267 doi: 10.1108/JMHTEP-02-2016-0014
Gillard S, Foster R, Turner K (2016) Evaluating the Prosper peer-led peer support network: a participatory, coproduced evaluation. Journal of Mental Health and Social Inclusion 20 (2), 80-91 doi: 10.1108/MHSI-12-2015-0045
Gillard S, Turner K, Neffgen M (2015) Understanding recovery in the context of lived experience of personality disorders: a collaborative, qualitative research study. BMC Psychiatry 15:183 doi: 10.1186/s12888-015-0572-0
Gillard S (2015) The re-distribution of mental health care: Good, bad or just a bit ugly? Journal of Mental Health 24(6):339-341 doi: 10.3109/09638237.2015.1057333
Mantovani N, Pizzolati M, Gillard S (2015) Engaging Communities to Improve Mental Health in African and African Caribbean Groups: A qualitative study evaluating the role of community well-being champions. Health & Social Care in the Community doi: 10.1111/hsc.12288
Gillard S, Edwards C, Gibson S, Owen K & Wright C (2013) Introducing Peer Worker roles into UK mental health service teams: a qualitative analysis of the organisational benefits and challenges. BMC Health Services Research 13:188
Gillard S, Simons L, Turner K et al (2012) Patient and Public Involvement in the Coproduction of Knowledge: Reflection on the Analysis of Qualitative Data in a Mental Health Study Qualitative Health Research 22, 1126-1137 doi: 10.1177/1049732312448541
Gillard S, Borschmann R, Turner K (2010) ‘What difference does it make?’ Finding evidence of the impact of mental health service user researchers on research into the experiences of detained psychiatric patients Health Expectations 13(2), 185-194 doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2010.00596.x
Rhiannon Foster – PhD student – Peer support, professionalism and authenticity in mental health services: a discourse analytic perspective
Angela Sweeney – NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Understanding and improving the assessment process for talking therapies: a user-led research programme
Jacqueline Sin – NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow – EFFIP (E-support for Families and Friends of Individuals affected by Psychosis): A randomised controlled trial of a co-produced online intervention for carers
Jacqueline Marks – Trial Manager – ENRICH (Enhanced discharge from inpatient to community mental health services: a programme of research to develop, pilot and trial a peer worker intervention)
Sarah Gibson, Lucy Goldsmith, Rhiannon Foster – Service User Researchers – ENRICH (Enhanced discharge from inpatient to community mental health services: a programme of research to develop, pilot and trial a peer worker intervention)
Kati Turner – Survivor Researcher – South London CLAHRC Patient & Public Involvement Theme
Stefan Priebe, Professor of Social & Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary, University of London
Christine Edwards, Emeritus Professor of Human Resource Management, Kingston University Business School.
Eivor Oborn, Professor of Healthcare Management, Warwick Business School.
Mike Lucock, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Huddersfield.
Mary Chambers, Professor of Mental Health Nursing, St George's, University of London/ Kingston University.
Mar 2015-Feb 2020 £1.95M Chief Investigator (NIHR PGfAR) Enhanced discharge from inpatient to community mental health care (ENRICH): programme of applied research to manualise, pilot and trial a Peer Worker intervention
Jan 2016-Dec 2020 £430k Lead Mentor – Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIHR TCC) Dr Jacqueline Sin EFFIP (E-support for Families and Friends of Individuals affected by Psychosis): A randomised controlled trial of a co-produced online intervention for carers
May 2015-Mar 2017 £317k Principle Investigator (MIND) Evaluating the Side-by-Side Peer Support Programme
Aug 2016-Apr 2017 £20k Principle Investigator (Sutton CCG) Evaluating the Sutton Uplift Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service
Apr 2014-Mar 2016 £34k Principle Investigator (SWLSTG) Evaluating the PROSPER Peer Support Network
Apr 2014-Mar 2017 £42k Principle Investigator (SL CLAHRC) Patient & Public Involvement (PPI), research and implementation: developing and testing a coproduction audit tool
Jan 2014-Dec 2019 £285k Lead Mentor – Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIHR TCC) Dr Angela Sweeney Understanding and improving the assessment process for talking therapies: a user-led research programme
July 2011-May 2013 £277k Principal Investigator (NIHR HS&DR) New Ways of Working in mental health services: assessing and informing the emergence of Peer Worker roles in mental health service delivery.
July 2011-Dec 2013 £495k Co Investigator – PI Dr Irene Tuffrey-Wijne (NIHR HS&DR) Identifying the factors that affect the implementation of strategies to promote a safer environment for patients who have learning disabilities (LD) in NHS hospitals.
March 2011-Aug 2013 £720k Co Investigator – PI Dr Gill Mezey (NIHR HTA) Development of a peer mentoring intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy in looked after children and young women (CARMEN study).
Jan 2012-Oct 2012 £20k Principal Investigator (Health Foundation) Identifying the impacts and benefits of an integrated self-management programme for long term conditions in mental health.
Aug 2011-Mar 2012 £25k Co Investigator – PI Professor Mary Chambers (HPC) Service user involvement in the design and delivery of education and training programmes leading to registration with the Health Professions Council.
April 2011-Oct 2012 £20k Principal Investigator (AHSN) Understanding the impact on mental health service teams of the introduction of a Personal Navigator role: a mixed methods pilot study.
April 2009-Mar 2011 £249k Co Investigator – PI Professor Christine Edwards (NIHR SDO) Explaining Health Managers’ Information Seeking Behaviour and Use.
Mar 2007-Aug 2009 £270k Principal Investigator (NIHR SDO) Understanding the Facilitators & Barriers to Implementation of Self Care Policy in Mental Health NHS Trusts.
June 2006-Oct 2008 £90k Joint Principal Investigator with Professor Mary Chambers (SWLSTG) Understanding the Lived Experience of Detained Psychiatric Care.
Steve was previously Course Director of the MRes in Mental Health, has supervised MSc projects in Forensic Mental Health and Health Sciences, and intercalated BSc projects, and teaches qualitatively components on research methods courses.