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Awards ceremony held to thank participants in innovative national research study

Posted on the 1st February 2018

The first group of mums who participated in an innovative research study led by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to look into the rise in postnatal low mood and stress among Asian women were felicitated at an awards ceremony last week.

Participants in the national study called ROSHNI-2 were awarded certificates at the awards ceremony on 26 January at Higher Croft Children’s Centre in Blackburn. The certificates were presented to the women by Councillor Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council.

ROSHNI-2 is a study that focuses on alternative culturally adapted methods of supporting South Asian women that are experiencing low mood and stress following childbirth. The study is running for four years and is the largest of its kind to be funded by the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme, which is run by the NHS National Institute for Health.

Professor Nusrat Husain, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust who is leading on the study, said:

“I am very grateful for the mothers who are supporting this piece of research into the British South Asian population. ROSHNI is not just another project looking at maternal health and wellbeing, it is a platform from which future research can be developed with a community that is sometimes considered ‘hard to engage.’ This is particularly important considering that a lot of health indicators in South Asian people are poorer compared to the majority population, such as higher rates of complications with diabetes and heart disease. South Asian women are also more likely to give birth to low weight babies, which has its own complications and impact on the future growth and development of children.

“The ROSHNI study is the largest group Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) trial in the world for ethnic minorities, and to be successful it requires support, especially from mothers but also from the wider south Asian community and other stakeholders such as health visiting teams, children’s centres and primary care.”

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

“I was delighted to attend this celebration event to hand out certificates. This is a very important research project and so full credit must be given to those mothers who agreed to participate. Their valuable contributions will play a vital part in developing new methods of supporting South Asian women experiencing low mood and stress following childbirth.”

Low mood is one of the most common causes of disability in women of childbearing age and is often associated with negative outcomes for both the mother and her child. The rates of postnatal low mood in the majority UK population are 10-15 percent and in British South Asian women, the rates are reported to be higher. It is also reported that, despite similar or higher rates few South Asian mothers access appropriate treatments. ROSHNI-2 is being run across five centres in the UK with participants being British South Asian women aged 16 or above who have a child up to 12 months old.

Professor Nusrat Husain was awarded the Clinical Research Role Model of the Year award at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2017 in February for addressing inequalities in access to health care. In November last year, he received the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Academic Researcher of the Year Award 2016 in recognition of his excellent work in improving access for marginalised communities to mental health care. In addition to his role as Consultant Psychiatrist at Lancashire Care, Professor Husain is also the Lead for Lancashire Care’s Culture and International Mental Health research Group, and also Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Research in Global Mental Health at the University of Manchester’s Division of Psychology and Mental Health.

For further details about the study, contact Farah Lunat on farah.lunat@lancashirecare.nhs.uk or Nafeesa Bhatti on nafeesa.bhatti@lancashirecare.nhs.uk on 01254 612508 and 07507844725.