Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a wide range of integrated community health, mental health, learning disability and social care services to people of all ages.

The Trust employs 3,838 staff, and has a turnover of £158 million. We provide services from 13 community hospitals across the county, and we provide mental health inpatient services on 9 mental health wards. We run 7 minor unit units and 4 dental access centres, including on the Isle of Wight and in Dorset. We make more than 1.1 million patient contacts each year. We see people in our community team bases, in GP surgeries and local clinics, in a range of non-NHS community settings and at home.

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Dr Frank Burbach (Principal Investigator)

Frank is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He is a senior operational manager and the clinical lead for Early Intervention in Psychosis, 0-25 Services and the Triangle of Care. He is the South West Early Intervention in Psychosis Programme Clinical Lead (seconded to NHS England) and is also the University of Exeter’s Family Interventions Programme Lead.

He has a Diploma in Marital & Family Therapy and is also a registered Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist. He is a member of the Triangle of Care national steering group and is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Therapy. Dr Burbach has a Ph.D from Plymouth University on developing systemically-oriented mental health services and has published numerous papers and book chapters on family inclusive practice, family interventions and early intervention in psychosis. 




Alicia Long (Clinical Studies Officer)

Ali is the Clinical Studies Officer for Somerset Partnership. She works within a multi-disciplinary research team, supporting the delivery of NIHR Portfolio studies, particularly within the mental health specialty. The team strives to integrate research into everyday practice to ensure that all patients have the opportunity to take part in clinical research studies.

Ali was recently awarded Trust Employee of the Month in recognition of her fantastic work identifying and recruiting patients to the Prevalence of Pathogenic Antibodies in Psychiatric Illness (PPiP2) research study (Oxford University) - Somerset Partnership was one of the top three recruiters in the country.