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Professor Swaran Singh

Job Title
Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry
Department
WMS - Mental Health and Wellbeing
Phone
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

Biography

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.

  • Anderson, Beth E., Singh, Swaran P., Stansfield, Claire, Liabo, Kristin, 2018. The International Perspective on Healthcare Transition. In Health Care Transition, Springer, pp. 269-278
  • Moore, Philip, Qassem, Tarik, Hu, Bin, Singh, Swaran P., 2015. A systemic strategy for context-aware decision-support in the healthcare domain. In Zu, Qiaohong; Hu, Bo; Gu, Ning; Seng, Sopheap (eds.), Human Centered Computing : First International Conference, HCC 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 27-29, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, Springer International Publishing, pp. 560-572
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2015. Early intervention in the Indian context. In Malhotra, Savita; Chakrabarti, Subho (eds.), Developments in Psychiatry in India : Clinical, Research and Policy Perspectives, Springer India, pp. 89-98
  • Singh, Swaran P., Kunar, Satnam Singh, 2010. Cultural diversity in early psychosis. In French, Paul, 1963-; Smith, Jo; Shier, David; Reed , Mandy; Rayne, Mark (eds.), Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis, Chichester, West Sussex ; Ames, Iowa, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, pp. 66-72
  • Zanyi, Eva, Selmanovic, Elmedin, Broome, Matthew R., Czanner, Silvester, Birchwood, M. J., Chalmers, Alan, Singh, Swaran P., 2009. Interactive highly realistic virtual reality as a tool for understanding the genesis and treatment of psychotic symptoms. In Wiederhold, Brenda K.; Riva, Giuseppe (eds.), Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2009 - Advanced Technologies in the Behavioral, Social and Neurosciences, IOS Press, pp. 138-140
  • Singh, Swaran P., Burns, Tom, 2008. Race and mental health : there is more to race than racism. In Kaye, Charles; Howlett, Michael (eds.), Mental health services today and tomorrow, Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing, pp. 73-81
  • Cohen, Alan B., Singh, Swaran P., Hague, J. P., 2004. Primary care guide to managing severe mental illness. London, UK, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2003. Medication : NICE and PORT guidance. Burns, Tom, 1946- (ed.), Shared care in schizophrenia, London, Remedica Publishing
  • Cooper, J. E. (John Edward), Singh, Swaran P., 2001. Acute and transient psychoses. In Henn, Fritz A.; Sartorius, Norman; Helmchen, H. (Hanfried); Lauter, H. (Hans) (eds.), Contemporary Psychiatry, Berlin Heidelberg, Springer, pp. 1783-1793
  • Cohen, Alan B., Singh, Swaran P., 2001. A general practitioner's guide to managing severe mental illness. London, UK, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2011. 'Race' and mental health. Café Scientifique Meeting, Leamington Spa
  • Gajwani, Ruchika, Singh, Swaran P., Jasani, Rubina, 2010. Ethnicity and detention: determinants of ethnic differences in the process and outcome of mental health act (MHA) assessments. 2nd Conference of the Schizophrenia-International-Research-Society (SIRS), Florence, Italy, April 10-14, 2010, Published in Schizophrenia Research, pp. 294-295
  • Birchwood, M. J., Patterson, Paul, Singh, Swaran P., Connor, Charlotte, McCarthy, Linda, Lester, Helen, 2010. Reducing DUP in a large urban, multi-cultural city: why we need to use and understand data on pathways to care. 2nd Conference of the Schizophrenia-International-Research-Society (SIRS), Florence, Italy, April 10-14, 2010, Published in Schizophrenia Research, pp. 150-150
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2010. Research in mental health : when science and politics collide. Lunchtime Seminar Series, Academic Clinical Psychiatry; Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health; University of Sheffield
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2010. TRACK study. Presentation to Junior Doctors and Consultants, Postgraduate Centre for Psychiatry, Caludon Centre, Coventry
  • Birchwood, M. J., Patterson, Paul, Lester, Helen, Singh, Swaran P., 2009. Integrating UHR research and practice into the public health agenda: the Birmingham ED:IT programme. 12th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, San Diego, CA, March 28-April 01, 2009, Published in Schizophrenia Bulletin, pp. 134-135
  • Zanyi, Eva, Selmanovic, Elmedin, Broome, Matthew R., Czanner, Silvester, Birchwood, M. J., Chalmers, Alan, Singh, Swaran P., 2009. Interactive highly realistic virtual reality as a tool for understanding the genesis and treatment of psychotic symptoms. 14th Annual CyberTherapy & CyberPsychology Conference, Lago Maggiorie, Verbania-Intra, Italy, June 21-23, 2009, Published in CyberPsychology & Behaviour, pp. 670-671
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2009. What can neuroscience learn from social psychiatry research?. University of Warwick Neuroscience and Society Group Occasional Lecture, University of Warwick Neuroroscience and Society Group, Coventry
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2008. Acute and transient psychotic disorders : do ICD-10 criteria identify a distinct category?. The 16th AEP European Congress of Psychiatry, Nice, France, April 5?9, 2008., Published in European Psychiatry, pp. S147-S147
  • Singh, Swaran P., Burns, Tom, Amin, Shazad, Jones, Peter B., Harrison, Glynn, 2008. Acute and transient psychotic disorders : precursors, epidemiology, course and outcome. The 16th AEP European Congress of Psychiatry, Nice, France, April 5?9, 2008., Published in European Psychiatry, pp. S147-S148
  • Singh, Swaran P., Greenwood, Nan, White, Sarah A., Churchill, Rachel, 2008. Ethnicity and compulsory detention in UK - findings from a systematic review. The 16th AEP European Congress of Psychiatry, Nice, France, April 5?9, 2008., Published in European Psychiatry, pp. S396-S397
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2008. Ethnicity and mental health : a new perspective. Leicestershire Partnership Trust - Leicester Post-graduate Open Meeting, Leicester
  • Singh, Swaran P., Grange, Tom, Vijaykrishnan, A., Francis, Sasha, White, S., Fisher, H. (Helen), Chisholm, Brock, Fim, M., 2008. Findings from southwest London : ETHOS evaluation. 6th International Conference on Early Psychosis, Melbourne, Australia, 20-22 Oct 2008, Published in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, pp. A36-A36
  • Smith, J. (Jo), Killackey, Eoin, Rinaldi, Miles, Nuechterlein, Keith, Latimer, Eric, Craig, T. K. J. (Thomas K. J.), Davis, E. (Eric), Hember, Martin, Lau, Annie, Shepherd, Geoff, Shiers, D. (David), Singh, Swaran P., Sullivan, S. (Sarah), Penn, David L., 2008. International first episode vocational recovery statement. 6th International Conference on Early Psychosis, Melbourne, Australia, 20-22 Oct 2008, Published in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, pp. A24-A24
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2008. Is British psychiatry racist? The science and politics of institutional racism. Reaside Clinic Academic Programme, Rubery
  • Killackey, Eoin, Smith, Jo, Craig, Tom, Hember, Martin, Shiers, David, Shepherd, Geoff, Nuechterlein, Keith, Latimer, Eric, Rinaldi, Miles, Davis, Eric, Lau, Annie, Singh, Swaran P., Sullivan, Sarah, Penn, David, 2008. Meaningful lives - supporting young people with psychosis in education, training and employment. Meaningful lives - supporting young people with psychosis in education, training and employment, London, 30 Jun 2008
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2008. Measuring duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) : why and how?. 6th International Conference on Early Psychosis, Melbourne, Australia, 20-22 Oct 2008, Published in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, pp. A33-A33
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2008. One year outcome of the ETHOS early intervention service. International Early Psychosis Association Sixth International Conference on Early Psychosis - Early Intervention ? The Next Wave, Melbourne, Australia, 20-22 October 2008
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2008. Reducing duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) within early intervention services : potential and pitfalls. The 16th AEP European Congress of Psychiatry, Nice, France, 5?9 Apr 2008, Published in European Psychiatry, pp. S147-S147
  • Singh, Swaran P., 2008. There is no such thing as society : lessons from social psychiatry. Evening Meeting of the Birmingham Medical Institute for the Section of Psychiatry organised by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • Islam, Zoebia, Singh, Swaran P., 2008. Transition from child to adult mental health services (track study) : A study of services organisation, policies, process and user/carer perspectives. The 16th AEP European Congress of Psychiatry, Nice, France, April 5?9, 2008., Published in European Psychiatry, pp. S378-S378
  • Singh, Swaran P., Greenwood, N., White, S., Churchill, R., 2007. Ethnicity and detention in the UK : a systematic review and metaanalysis. 15th AEP Congress, Madrid, Spain, 17-21 Mar 2007, Published in European Psychiatry, pp. S168-S168
Title Funder Award start Award end
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 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