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Forging successful partnerships in psychosis research: lessons from the Cavan–Monaghan First Episode Psychosis Study

  • V. Russell (a1) (a2), N. Nkire (a3), T. Kingston (a4) and J. L. Waddington (a2) (a5) (a6)

Embedding psychosis research within community mental services is highly desirable from several perspectives but can be difficult to establish and sustain, especially when the clinical service has a rural location at a distance from academic settings with established research expertise. In this article, we share the experience of a successful partnership in psychosis research between a rural Irish mental health service and the academic department of a Dublin medical school that has lasted over 30 years. We describe the origins and evolution of this relationship, the benefits that accrued and the challenges encountered, from the overlapping perspectives of the academic department, the mental health service and psychiatric training. We discuss the potential learning that arose from the initiative, particularly for national programme planning for early intervention in psychosis, and we explore the opportunities for enhanced training, career development and professional reward that can emerge from this type of partnership.

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*Address for correspondence: V. Russell, Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Education and Research Centre, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland. (Email:
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