Full-steam ahead or treading carefully? Reflections on public and patient involvement in health services research

06/11/2017, 12:30 - 13:30


Reflections on public and patient involvement in health services research
In this presentation, Professor Alan Simpson will draw on his experiences of working collaboratively with service users and carers on a number of mental health nursing research projects over the last ten years and outline things that have worked well and those that have worked less well. He will outline the facilitated group model of consultation and collaboration he has developed with SUGAR (Service User and carer Group Advising on Research) and draw on experiences of projects where service users have collaborated in data collection and analysis, and others where service users were trained and employed to provide a service. Studies include studies of conflict and containment on mental health units, a two trials of peer support, development and evaluation of a serious game with forensic mental health service users, and two studies of recovery-focused care planning. Alan will explore the triumphs and challenges and identify ways in which meaningful service user involvement can best be developed.

Professor Alan Simpson
Professor Alan Simpson leads the Centre for Mental Health Research at the School of Health Sciences, City, University of London. We undertake research that investigates how best to deliver and improve mental health care for people, whether at home and in the community, in primary care, in hospital or across a range of locations.

At the heart of what we do, is a genuine desire to work closely with people with lived experiences of using mental health and related services, and the people that work in and provide those services, to investigate how we can best make changes to improve the quality of services. We have established an international reputation for the involvement of service users and carers in all aspects of the research process, particularly through our award-winning collaborative partnership with SUGAR: Service User and Carer Group Advising on Research.

Professor Simpson has recently led the completion of two cross-national studies investigating the facilitators and barriers to delivering recovery-focused care planning and coordination in community and inpatient mental health settings in England and Wales. He was also a co-investigator on the successful Safewards trial in which he facilitated collaboration with service users and carers throughout the five year programme of research.

To register, please contact:
HCAREResearch@cardiff.ac.uk or 02920 688559


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