Research into Recovery and Wellbeing

A website about the work of the recovery research team at the Institute of Mental Health

The University of Nottingham


The CIVIC study aims to develop a social new intervention to tackle loneliness in clinical populations by increasing social connectedness. It is funded by NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands.

Loneliness is a major risk factor for physical health problems and early mortality. Adults with mental health problems are a high risk group for feelings of loneliness and existing interventions have shown mixed results.

This study will use mixed-methods for the first two stages of developing a complex intervention: the theoretical stage and feasibility evaluation.


  1. To develop a conceptual framework of social connectedness
  2. To adapt an existing intervention to meet the needs of adults with mental health problems
  3. To estimate parameters and optimise evaluation procedures for a definitive trial of the intervention

For further information about the CIVIC Study please contact Laurie Hare Duke (