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Working Collaboratively with Service Users and Carers on Mental Health Nursing Research




Speaker: Alan Simpson - Professor of Collaborative Mental Health Nursing, School of Health Sciences, City University London

Location: Room A111, City University London, College Building, St John Street, EC1V 4PB

Contact: Please reserve a place by contacting Doria Pilling.

This is our third seminar in the Division of Health Services Research and Management 2012-13 series of Disability and Social Inclusion seminars.

In this presentation, 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 explore projects where service users have advisory roles, others where they have been contracted to undertake data collection and another where service users were trained and employed to provide a service. He will also draw on his experience of facilitating a service user/carer research advisory group that contributes to a number of projects. Studies include an online discussion forum, two large studies of conflict and containment on mental health units, a pilot trial of peer support and a newly funded study of recovery-focused care planning. Alan will reflect on these experiences to identify ways in which meaningful service user involvement can be maintained even in an age of supposed austerity.

Alan has a long-standing active involvement in promoting and supporting user and carer involvement in education and research and facilitates a user advisory group on research at City University. He is also the Chair of Mental Health Nurse Academics (UK), an organisation that represents over 60 universities providing education and research in mental health nursing.  Alan has recently won the Eileen Skellern Lifetime Achievement Award ( for his sustained career contribution in the field of mental health nursing.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.15pmTuesday 11th December 2012

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK