Now they're listening: involvement in clinical psychology training
Lea, L., Holttum, S., Butters, V., Byrne, D., Cable, H., Morris, D., Richardson, R., Riley, L. and Warren, H. 2018. Now they're listening: involvement in clinical psychology training. Mental Health and Social Inclusion. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-07-2018-0027
|Authors||Lea, L., Holttum, S., Butters, V., Byrne, D., Cable, H., Morris, D., Richardson, R., Riley, L. and Warren, H.|
Purpose: The 2014/2015 UK requirement for involvement of service users and carers in training mental health professionals has prompted the authors to review the work of involvement in clinical psychology training in the university programme. Have the voices of service users and carers been heard? The paper aims to discuss this issue.
Design/methodology/approach: The authors update the paper of 2011 in which the authors described the challenges of inclusion and the specific approaches the authors take to involvement. The authors do this in the context of the recent change to UK standards for service user and carer involvement, and recent developments in relation to partnership working and co-production in mental healthcare. The authors describe the work carried out by the authors – members of a service user involvement group at a UK university – to ensure the voices of people affected by mental health difficulties are included in all aspects of training.
Findings: Careful work and the need for dedicated time is required to enable inclusive, effective and comprehensive participation in a mental health training programme. It is apparent that there is a group of service users whose voice is less heard: those who are training to be mental health workers.
Social implications: For some people, involvement has increased. Trainee mental health professionals’ own experience of distress may need more recognition and valuing.
Originality/value: The authors are in a unique position to review a service-user-led project, which has run for 12 years, whose aim has been to embed involvement in training. The authors can identify both achievements and challenges.
|Journal||Mental Health and Social Inclusion|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-07-2018-0027|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||15 Jan 2019|
|Accepted||01 Aug 2018|
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