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Professor Swaran Singh

Job Title
Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry
WMS - Health Sciences
024 7615 0190
Research Interests

My research has mainly been health services oriented, with focus on early psychosis, somatisation, and deliberate self-harm, cultural and ethnic factors in mental illness, mental health law, transitions and medical education. Over time I have become more interested in youth and minority mental health problems in the context of service configuration and delivery, with particular focus on improving access to care and outcomes. My current and recent research projects include 1. ENRICH Programme Grant: A series of interlinked projects to understand ethnic differences in pathways to care 2. AMEND study: A multisite exploration of the impact of the 2007 Amendments to the Mental Health Act (1983) 3. ENDEAVOUR Trial: A multisite randomised trial for improving vocational outcomes in early psychosis 4. The BRIDGE Project: Comparison of two models of transitional care to improve transitions from CAMHS to adult mental health care 5. Development and Evaluation of YouthSpace programme: an evidence based approach to the development and evaluation of youth mental health service (16-25) in Birmingham 6. Understanding mental health provision for young offenders: mapping of provision and care delivery in youth offending teams in west midlands 7. The TRACK study: A multisite study of transitions of care from CAMHS to adult services


I initially trained as a surgeon and became interested in mental health following involvement with human rights groups working with children traumatised in ethnic violence in New Delhi. I trained as a psychiatrist at the Post-graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Chandigarh, and moved to the UK in 1991. I was a Lecturer and Consultant in Nottingham and in 2001 was appointed Senior Lecturer at St George's University of London. There I developed the ETHOS early intervention service, which gained an international reputation for its success in improving outcomes for young people with psychosis and for its cost-effective use of resources. I was appointed Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at the University of Warwick in March 2006.

Title Funder Award start Award end
ARC 2018: NIHR Applied Research Collaborations National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2019 30 Sep 2024
NIHR RIGHT programme - Stage 2: TRANSFORM project (related to 61743 outline): An asseT-based appRoAch FOR improving access to Mental health care in slums: the TRAnsFORM Project National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Sep 2020 31 Aug 2024
Exploring innovations in Transition to adulthood (EXIT Study) ESRC 01 Dec 2019 30 Nov 2023
The effect on relapse of Culturally-adapted Family Intervention (CaFI) compared to usual care among African & Caribbean people diagnosed with psychosis in the UK: a Randomised Controlled Trial (outline: 54762) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2019 30 Sep 2023
SMARtEN: Student Mental Health Research Network ESRC 01 Oct 2018 30 Sep 2022
Midlands Engine Tender. Improving productivity via enhancing mental health Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 01 Jul 2019 30 Jun 2022
NIHR WIC Extension National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jul 2020 31 Jan 2022
NIHR PGfAR via South London and Maudesley NHS Trust: Building Resilience and Recovery through Enhancing Cognition and quality of LIfe in the early PSychosEs (ECLIPSE) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 18 Dec 2014 16 Nov 2020
Improving Children and Young People's Mental Health Care in Crisis NHS Solihull CCG 01 Mar 2017 29 Feb 2020
EU FP7 Health 2013 - FULL Proposal: MILESTONE EU 01 Feb 2014 30 Apr 2019
Centres for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands (CLAHRC WM), Theme 3 Prevention and Detection Department of Health 01 Jan 2014 31 Dec 2018
CLAHRC-WM- RCF. Mental health theme budget. Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 30 Sep 2016 31 Aug 2018
Evaluating the Effects of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) in England Using the Mental Health Minimum Dataset National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2016 31 Aug 2018
NIHR FULL via Univ of Glasgow: EMPOWER: Early signs Monitoring to prevent relapse an PrOmote Wellbeing, Engagement and Recovery National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Sep 2015 28 Feb 2018
CLRN funding 2012-13 - Capacity building bid for a Professor / Associate Prof in Mental Health. West Midlands (South) CLRN 08 Jul 2013 07 Jul 2016
Improving pathways and care for young people in NI with mental health problems in the transition from adolescence to adulthood Public Health Agency 01 Feb 2013 31 Jan 2016
Funding for Research Assistant support for the submitting of research proposals. Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 01 Oct 2012 30 Sep 2014
Donation for Edward Peile Apr 2013 The Golden Bottle Trust 01 May 2013 31 Mar 2014
Cov and Warks Partnership Trust RDF funding:Developing Interventions to Reduce Involuntary Admissions to Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust 01 Jun 2013 31 Oct 2013
Mental Health Research Network Heart of England Hub FSF 2012-13: Research Methodologist 12 month post funding Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 01 Aug 2012 31 Jul 2013
Therapeutic communication in black and minority ethnic populations: a synthesis of the evidence base: Via QMUL The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) 01 Jan 2012 30 Jun 2013
An investigation of the usefulness of social firms in promoting vocational recovery for people with mental health problems. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2010 31 Mar 2013
Understanding the mental health needs of young offenders in West Midlands: Research Proposal and Development of a Full Business Case West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority 01 Mar 2011 31 Aug 2012
Extension to full-time research fellow position for Catherine Winsper Birmingham and the Black Country CLRN 01 Jan 2012 31 Mar 2012
Ethnicity, Detention and Early intervention, Reducing Inequalities and Improving Outcomes for Black and Minority Ethnic Patients - The Enrich Programme Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 01 Apr 2007 31 Mar 2011
Cross Cultural Analysis of Expressed Emotions Construct in Families of Schizophrenic Patients British Council 01 Jul 2008 30 Jun 2010
Interactive Highly realistic Virtual Reality for Analysis and Management of Paranoid Thinking EPSRC 01 Oct 2008 30 Sep 2009
Interactive highly realistic virtual reality for analysis and management of paranoid thinking EPSRC 01 Oct 2008 30 Sep 2009
Transistion from CAMHS to Adult Mental Health Services (TRACK): A Study of Service, Organisation, Policies and User and Carer Perspective. NHS Service Delivery and Organisation 01 Mar 2006 31 May 2006