The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) in partnership with the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), Suresearch and the Open University Business School have won an award from NIHR HS & DR to investigate the role of the voluntary sector in mental health crisis care in England.

Led by Dr Karen Newbigging, this study will provide a national overview of the range of crisis support offered by the voluntary sector; explore stakeholder views of the relative strengths and weaknesses of different types of voluntary sector crisis services and make recommendations as to what needs to happen for the NHS and Local Authorities to improve how they work with voluntary sector crisis services to ensure that people in a mental health crisis can get the right help at the right time.