POWIC Partners

As part of SANE's aim to increase the scope of POWIC as a centre for multi-disciplinary research, we have partnered with Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Professor Daniel Freeman.

Oxford_Mindfulness_Centre_logoOxford Mindfulness Centre

Since 2008 SANE has made space available within the POWIC Research Centre to share its building with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC). OMC is a charity working within the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry, and is conducting research and training in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for people with severe, recurrent depression who are at risk of suicide. The relationship with OMC is in keeping with SANE’s original aim that POWIC should act not only as a base for neuro-scientific research but also as a forum for the dissemination of information, the provision of training and the involvement of patients, families and carers.

Professor Mark Williams is Director of OMC. Click here to listen to him talking about Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Professor_Daniel_FreemanProfessor Daniel Freeman

This year, new research led by Professor Daniel Freeman will start at POWIC into developing the understanding and treatment of delusions and hallucinations. The research is part of a 5 year programme of work to improve cognitive-behavioural therapy for paranoia. Click here to learn more about Professor Freeman's work.

Click here to watch Professor Freeman describe a research study that reveals the extent of paranoia in the general public.





True Colours is an electronic system for self-monitoring and management of symptoms in long-term health conditions. Originally developed by Professors John Geddes and Guy Goodwin in the Mood Disorders Clinic in Warneford Hospital, Oxford for patients with bipolar disorder, it has since been expanded to be used with many other mental health disorders. Patients answer standardised questionnaires via email, text message or the internet site and responses are converted into a simple graph that is shared with both the patient and their clinician.

The aim of True Colours is to assist patients in gaining a better understanding of their condition by helping them to identify how their actions influence their symptoms and how to identify early signs of relapse. In this way patients can turn better self-knowledge into better self-management.

The True Colours system also includes the facility to respond to personalised questions that can be created by the patient, and the ability for both patients and clinicians to write notes on the graph. The system has been rolled out across all Adult Community Mental Health Teams in Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, together with a series of ‘Feeling Well with True Colours’ supporting booklets. The evaluation of this new service will be published in 2014.