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DDP Research funding agreed by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

2 December 2019
Helen Minnis

Ben Gurney-Smith, DDPI Research Coordinator, is delighted to announce that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has agreed to fund a programme of research to examine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) compared to services-as-usual. The total amount of the award is £2.1 million.

The study, due to start in March 2020, will be led by Helen Minnis, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow.

The research will be conducted across the range of contexts in which DDP is delivered in the UK, including the NHS and social care. Care experienced young people, parents (including foster carers and adoptive parents), health and social care commissioners will be central to the research so that, whatever the outcome, we will learn a great deal about how best to deliver services to children who have experienced abuse and neglect and the families in which they have been placed.

This is a long-awaited study, involving much work from Helen Minnis and the co-applicants. DDPI are grateful to Prof. Helen Minnis for all her work over the years in supporting us in seeking to develop the evidence base. We have been working with Helen in this time to secure our ambition to properly trial DDP as a key step in the development of DDP.

We are so delighted to see this significant step in investigating an evidence base for DDP as a psychotherapy. DDPI will be working alongside the trial with coordination through Dr Ben Gurney-Smith.

For further information please contact Ben by email