Ms Charley Hobson-Merrett

Ms Charley Hobson-Merrett

Research Fellow - Mental Health Evaluation

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)



Research Assistant on Partners II 


Charley is currently a research assistant on the Partners II project, which aims to provide collaborate coaching-style care to those with bipolar and/or schizophrenia diagnoses.  She recently completed her research masters which focused on effect of attending group exercise classes on the mental health and wellbeing of both the general population and those with anxiety and/or depression symptoms.  Charley is one of three founding trustee of Free Your Instinct (FYI, a charity which provides parkour (freerunning classes) to those with a mental health diagnosis.  She is particularly interested in how exercise in a group setting can benefit those with a mental health diagnosis, both due to the physical activity and the building of relationships inherent in the group setting.  Working part-time in research Charley entertains herself the rest of the week teaching group fitness classes. 

Previous to her work in mental health research Charley was a lecturer in an further education college for a number of years, and also spent some time as an NHS accountant. 

Masters of Research: Health and Wellbeing
Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting
Postgraduate Legal Practice Certificate
Law Degree
Group Fitness Instructor

Roles on external bodies

Trustee and Treasurer for Free Your Instinct.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Plappert H, Hobson-Merrett C, Gibbons B, Baker E, Bevan S, Clark M, Creanor S, Davies L, Denyer R & Frost J (2021) 'Evaluation of a primary care-based collaborative care model (PARTNERS2) for people with diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar, or other psychoses: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial' BJGP Open 5, (3) , DOI Open access
Allen D (2020) 'Exploring patient and public involvement (PPI) and co-production approaches in mental health research: learning from the PARTNERS2 research programme' Research Involvement and Engagement 6, (1) , DOI Open access