A potential model for the first all Wales mental health service user and carer-led research group

Christine Wilson, Anne Fothergill, Helen Rees

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Service user and carer involvement in research has been gaining momentum in recent years. However, this involvement to date has primarily been as research respondents or 'subjects' in research studies. A group of mental health service users at a University in Wales underwent empowerment and research training to enable them to become active participants in the research process; this training was a necessary step to equip mental health service users with the skills to become independent researchers and to carry out service user-led research. We included transcripts from mental health service users on their views of the empowerment and research training received. We are not reporting, in this paper, on the findings from a research study rather it aims to inform readers how a service user and carer-led research group has been established in Wales. The group has two purposes: (1) to train service users in research methodologies, and thus for them to gain essential research skills; and (2) to undertake their own service user and carer-led research projects thereby implementing the research skills they have acquired from the training. The latter is a primary aim of the group; a future paper will report on its development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31 - 38
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2009


  • empowerment training
  • mental health service user involvement
  • mental health service user-led research group
  • mental health service users' stories
  • research training


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