Service User and Carer Involvement
By promoting service user and carer involvement in the Clinical Psychology programme we aim to enhance the learning and future practice of Clinical Psychology trainees. We do this by drawing on knowledge and insight gained from experiences such as:
- Living with physical, neurological or psychological difficulties.
- Caring for someone who lives with these difficulties.
- Using services relevant to the field of Clinical Psychology theory and practice.
By collaborating with service users and carers we also ensure the work of clinical psychologists graduating from the programme is underpinned by values and practises centred on the goals, needs, and strengths of service users and their families. Indeed, the British Psychological Society has noted our outstanding work in this area:
"Service user involvement in the programme is innovative and exemplary, particularly in relation to the efforts being made to break down the them/us, staff/trainee/service user barrier towards a concept of all of us potentially or actually being service users. This has been and continues to be a process-based, systemic intervention into the whole programme that is an example of national best practice."
Members of the staff team have developed different interests in service user and carer involvement and our projects change and develop over time. Staff members with specific responsibilities and interests in service user and carer involvement are listed here.
- Laura Lea, Co-ordinator of Service User and Carer Involvement.
- Anne Cooke, Director with responsibility for service user and carer involvement.
- Viv Cousins, Admin support for service user and carer involvement.
- Sue Holttum, has worked with service users in relation to providing service user perspectives on trainees' research projects.
Details of research publications can be found by visiting our staff profiles . You can also find out more about some of the work we do by reading our projects page.