RESEARCH: The Institute of Mental Health is to officially open its new £7m building in Nottingham on Friday, 25 May 2012.

Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser at the Department of Health, will officially open the new four-storey centre at the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.

The Institute of Mental Health is a partnership between the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which aims to help transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness through research and educational activities.

The new building will bring together the institute with related research programmes and organisations.

Dame Sally said: “I am delighted to open this new research facility in Nottingham. Different forms of mental illness affect a significant proportion of people, and the research undertaken by the Institute of Mental Health will provide more evidence to improve the care and services for NHS patients and the wellbeing of the public.”

Mike Cooke, chief executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, added: “This partnership between the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare has proved a successful one and as the institute develops and matures we are seeing the outcomes of our research activity making a real impact on patient services.

“Research to improve patient experience and outcome is becoming ever more important, within the integrated healthcare pathway we are now providing. I look forward to seeing more improved outcomes for our patients and service users in the future as the institute continues to prosper in its new home.”

Nick Manning, director of the Institute of Mental Health, said: “The institute was only formed in 2006 and we can now be considered as the UK’s prime location for inter-disciplinary research in the mental health field. This move into purpose-built accommodation demonstrates the huge achievements we have made during that time and these excellent new facilities should provide the springboard for greater success.”