£10m for mental health research in East of England

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Projects to improve the care of people with mental health conditions in the East of England have been given a boost of nearly £10m.

National Institute of Health Research has awarded the grant to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, which is carrying out the research.

It will support projects that make a "difference to people's lives".

Two areas it is looking at are dementia and patient safety.

The trust plans to work with the Universities of Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

Professor Peter Jones, director of the project, said the money would be targeted to research that had a direct benefit to patients.

He said previous work had found patients with a moderate amount of anxiety or depression could be treated just as effectively with telephone counselling as they could by being seen in person.

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