PRIME has built both institutional and individual capacity. Since 2017, we have received five grants which are aligned with PRIME objectives which exceeds our log frame target of at least 2 externally funded research grants successfully applied for or received from 2017 onwards.
This brings the cumulative total to> £36 million. These grants will ensure that the institutional capacity built because of PRIME will remain within the PRIME partner institutions and strengthen the networks built through PRIME.
We have also provided protected time for our PhD students. Fourteen of the 21 PhD students have now graduated (9 women and 5 men) and a further student has submitted. For the remaining 6 students, all data collection has been completed or will be funded through another source.
Supervision will continue after the end of PRIME.
At the PRIME dissemination event in March 2019, five PhD students presented their PhD work and took part in a panel discussion. Following on from this, they are currently writing blogs about their work which will be disseminated through the Mental Health Innovation Network.
Additional capacity building work through PRIME has included the development of “Evidence to Practice”, an online course for mental health professionals working in the Pacific Islands. This course is designed to build the capacity of mental health professionals to develop and evaluate MHCPs using an implementation science approach. Another focus of the consortium was to increase the capacity of researchers to analyse and publish research findings. Cumulative research publications by partner groups have increased an average of 14% across partners from 2017 to 2018.