James Plaistow and Kim Masson CLAHRC Fellows 2011

James is a clinical psychologist working in the CAMEO first episode psychosis team for Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. James graduated from Birmingham University in 1993 and has been working with individuals with psychosis since 1994. He has a longstanding interest in CBT for psychosis and associated comorbidity and has worked in a number of both early intervention and assertive outreach teams. He completed his clinical training at the University of East Anglia. He is a member of the Division of clinical psychology Psychosis and Complex Mental health special interest group. James has researched and published in relation to early intervention in psychosis, relapse prevention approaches, auditory hallucinations, post psychotic depression and social anxiety in first episode psychosis.

James has used the CLAHRC fellowship as a means to further consider what young people want from mental health services and the development of youth focused mental health services.

Project title: Developing a youth mental health service

Aims and method:

Adolescence is the period of highest risk for the development of mental illness, but also the age group least likely to seek help from mental health services. We undertook a systematic review of the published literature on the views of young people of mental health services in the UK and a thematic analysis of the findings to explore the reasons behind this to guide those developing services for young people.


Thirty-one studies were identified, which captured the views of 13 605 young people including 625 young people who had experience of mental health services. Positive views to emerge were of qualities of mental health workers and encouraging self-reliance. Negative views were of stigma, lack of information, medicalization of their problems and a lack of continuity of care.


Young people have consistent views of the positive and negative aspects of mental health services, which could be helpfully incorporated in the design of services. The views of some groups of young people have not been well represented, however, and the views of minority ethnic groups and those who have disengaged from services in particular need to be actively sought.

Download a briefing paper on James’ and Kim’s research here.

This research has been published as

Plaistow, J., Masson, K., Koch, D., Wilson, J., Stark, R. M., Jones, P. B., & Lennox, B. R. (2013). Young people’s views of UK mental health services.Early Intervention in Psychiatry.