Dr Simon Bradstreet
- Lecturer in Digital Health Interventions (School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing)
- Associate (Institute of Health & Wellbeing)
Simon’s current role is developing and delivering a new Masters course in Digital Health Interventions. He bring recent experience of Trial Management on the EMPOWER (Early Signs Monitoring to Prevent Relapse and Promote Wellbeing, Engagement and Recovery) study. EMPOWER was an international collaboration on a complex mixed methods study researching digital technology for the identification of early signs in psychosis and for supporting self-management.
Prior to joining the University, Simon set up and led the development of the Scottish Recovery Network for 12 years, working across a variety of development projects, while significantly influencing mental health policy. Previous experience includes the development of multi-agency monitoring and evaluation systems in the homelessness sector.
Simon is a Committee member at Health Improvement Scotland Community Engagement. In that role he oversees a broad range of work in relation to patient and public engagement in Scottish health and care services and in the wider work of Health Improvement Scotland. He is also a member of the Advisory Group on Capacity and Support for Decision-Making which is informing the Scottish Mental Health Law Review.
Simon has research interests in a number of areas. Through managing the EMPOWER trial he has an interest in the application of digital and mobile technology for the enhancement of self-management, autonomy and recovery in psychosis. He is interested in what facilitates and hinders engagement with digital interventions and the role of peer support in digital.
He has a longstanding interest in research on mental health recovery, encompassing lived experiences of recovery and narrative approaches as well as the development implementation of recovery focused policies and practices. Within this Simon has been involved in a variety of research and development projects related to peer support working and self-management approaches including WRAP. He also has interests in rights based approaches in mental health and shared decision making and anticipatory care planning.
Simon's PhD related to the internalisation of mental health stigma, specifically examining the role of adult attachment style in that process.
He is fully committed to public engagament and involvement in research and contributes regularly to the mental elf research blog.
Teaching contributions on the MSc in Global Mental Health on Mental Health Policy and Law course (MED5266). Course development, leadership and teaching on the MSc in Digital Interventions (2020/21 -).