Research Opportunity: Exploring Long-Term Effects of ECT in the U.K.

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Research Study on Long-Term Effects of ECT: Participant Invitation

The University of Plymouth’s School of Psychology is conducting a research study led by NHS Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Emily Shipwright.

If you have undergone Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) within the last 20 years in the U.K. and are experiencing adverse long-term effects, you’re invited to participate.

What’s Involved:

  1. An online video call to discuss your ECT experiences and their impact on your life.
  2. Follow-up discussion to ensure accurate representation and provide an opportunity to add or modify details.

Who Can Participate:

  • Ages 18 and above
  • Able to provide informed consent
  • Sufficiently fluent in English
  • Received ECT in the U.K. within the past 20 years
  • Identify one adverse long-term effect post-ECT
  • Last ECT treatment more than 6 months ago
  • Feel capable of managing any distress arising from discussing your experiences

Contact Information:

For more information or if you’re interested in participating, reach out to Emily Shipwright at [email protected].

Contacting does not commit you to participate; it’s an opportunity for an open conversation about the study’s details.

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School of Psychology
Are you experiencing long-term effects after Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?
Would you like to take part in a new research study?
Hello, my name is Emily. I am an NHS Trainee Clinical Psychologist.
As part of my doctoral training, I am researching people's experiences of the long-term effects of Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Your views and experiences can help tell people what you have gone through and how you have coped.
What is involved?
If you choose to take part, I will contact you to have an online video call; during this call, I will ask about your experience with ECT and how it has impacted your life.
Following the online video call, I will write it up and summarise what you have said. I would then like to speak with you again to check how I have understood and written about what you have said and to give you the opportunity to add to or change things you have said
Who can take part?
You can take part in this study if you:
Are aged over 18 years
Are able to give informed consent to participate in the study
Are sufficiently fluent in English to have a conversation about your experiences
Have received ECT anywhere in the U.K. within the past 20 years
Identify experiencing one adverse long-term effect after ECT
Had your last treatment of ECT more than 6 months ago
Feel able to cope with any distress that may arise from discussing your experience
If you are interested or would like more information, please email Emily Shipwright at Contacting me does not mean that you have to take part. We can have an open conversation about what taking part will entail, there is no expectation that you will decide to take part.


Anna is a childhood psychiatric drug and a teenage electroshock survivor. She founded Life After ECT to ensure people injured by electroconvulsive therapy have easy access to resources that can help them understand their injuries and find a path to recovery.