The ImpleMentAll consortium is made up of 16 partners from Europe and Australia. Below you can see a list of all the partners contributing to this project. Click on a partner to read more about them and find their contact information.

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GGZ inGeest (GiG) - The Netherlands

Partner description

GGZ inGeest (GiG) hosts five research units focusing on: 1) Depression, 2) Anxiety, 3) Bipolarity, 4) Elderly, and 5) Rehabilitation. For these units, a special department for research and innovation has been established, comprising a total of 170 staff members. The department of Research and Innovation at GGZ inGeest has a longstanding expertise involving high-quality research projects in the field of mental health care on all different levels with over 300 publications in international peer reviewed scientific journals per annum.

Our research projects range from fundamental (molecular) to RCT’s on effectivity of interventions and research on the implementation and cost effectiveness of ‘new’ treatments. Examples of such projects are eHealth interventions in which standard clinical practice is enriched with intervention strategies provided through the internet, such as E-Compared, MasterMind, ICT4Depression, and projects testing innovative therapies such as running therapy, light therapy, and brain stimulation.

The department of research and innovation at GiG hosts a well-organised infrastructure for data collection, data management and data issuing (specifically trained staff, education, facilities) for large-scale longitudinal and multi-centre studies and clinical trials. The data management group (10 fte) has a high level of experience and expertise, using standardised protocols for building secure web-based data collections and data dissemination infrastructures to support clinical studies. At present, the data management unit supports > 35 different studies, including the large-scale longitudinal Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety, the Netherlands OCD Association (NOCDA; www.nocda.nl) and E-Compared.

Our main role in the project: In order to establish a smooth work process during the evaluation phase, a structure will be implemented where each site will assign the following core tasks to at least two, maybe three staff members: data management, quality control, medical ethical approval, and trial coordination. GiG will assume a coordinating role in the collection, storage and management of the data, employing a central evaluation team that includes an overall trial manager, quality control manager, and a data manager, who will issue protocols and provide clear guidelines and feedback to the local representatives in each site.

GiG will also execute and evaluate the implementation intervention in the Netherlands and will contribute to the research process and the project communication and dissemination activities.

Service description

In order to further boost the implementation of iCBT within the organisation, GiG has recently founded a new department within the existing infrastructure of the anxiety and depression department, focused specifically on the delivery of iCBT in a specialised mental healthcare setting; the eHealth@Mind clinic. The clinic is staffed with enthusiastic and expert clinicians with a strong background in science who share a common enthusiasm for studying new developments in the field. By founding a separate clinic, extra input and energy will be devoted to the development of knowledge and expertise that result in clear guidelines and care pathways that may then be distributed throughout the organisation to boost the implementation of iCBT.

The MindDistrict platform is used as a solid base to start from, but the clinic will also serve as a testing ground for research on innovative new treatment modalities. The clinic will be evaluated periodically and readjustment strategies will be developed to facilitate normalisation and uptake of the services. The main current challenge for the eHealth@Mind clinic lies in the recruitment of patients with a preference for blended treatment, both from regular referrals to the anxiety and depression departments at inGeest as well as through a web-based portal. In the long-term, the challenge lies mostly in the dissemination of knowledge through training and consultation to benefit the wider uptake and normalisation of iCBT throughout the entire organisation.


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Els Dozeman
Position: Local senior trial manager
Email: e.dozeman@ggzingeest.nl
Els Dozeman is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health and senior researcher (Phd) at the outpatient clinic for depressive disorders of GGZ InGeest in Amsterdam. Els developed her nursing skills in an educational programme within GGZ InGeest, from which she graduated in 1993. She went on to acquire a university master degree in 2006. In 2011, she obtained her PhD on "Prevention of Depression and Anxiety in Residential Homes for the Elderly". She has developed a special interest in e-mental health, culminating in her role as cofounder and logistic manager of the eHealth@Mind clinic. At this moment, her research is focused on the European MasterMind project (http://mastermind-project.eu.), dedicated to the implementation of iCBT for depression.
J.H. Smit
Position: Member of the scientific steering board, Legal Sign
Email: jh.smit@ggzingeest.nl
Prof J.H. Smit, PhD (M) is managing director of research and innovation of GGZ InGeest and the department of Psychiatry of the Vu medical Center. He is also a board member of the GGZ Ingeest hospital. Since 2010, he holds the chair “Methodology of Longitudinal Psychiatric Research”. He is an expert in building research infrastructures collecting complex data among difficult populations. He is program manager for a number of longitudinal studies (for example NESDA www.nesda.nl). He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers, chapters and professional reports and publications. He is one of the initiators of the recently established eHealth@Mind clinic, dedicated to the implementation and normalization of iCBT within GGZinGeest. He is an executive board member of Triple E http://www.triple-ehealth.nl) and has a H index of 63.
Josien Schuurmans
Position: Principle Investigator within GiG, WP leader WP 3.
Email: j.schuurmans@ggzingeest.nl
Dr. J. Schuurmans, PhD is a senior researcher and practising psychologist at the department of research and innovation within GGZ InGeest. Her PhD focused on the treatment and epidemiological study of late-life anxiety disorders. She served as chair of a national taskforce who completed the first multidisciplinary guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of late life anxiety disorders in the Netherlands in 2008 and remains an active member of several workforces for the establishment of new treatment guidelines in the field of mental health. In recent years her research focus has shifted to the feasibility and effectiveness of blended care for (moderate to severe) mental health disorders in a secondary care setting. Together with Els Dozeman (see below) and others, she is one of the founders of the eHealth@Mind clinic.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 733025.
This content reflects only the author's view and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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