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Service user leadership: training and development for service users to take the lead

Angela Newton (Deputy Director based at Service User Involvement Directorate, Together: For Mental Wellbeing, London, UK)
Anne Beales (Director based at Service User Involvement Directorate, Together: For Mental Wellbeing, London, UK)
Daniela A. Collins (Senior Lecturer at School of Health and Education, Middlesex University, London, UK)
Thurstine Basset (Director at Basset Consultancy Ltd, Brighton, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 16 September 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper outlines the concept of service user leadership and both describes and reflects on an accredited training programme that enables mental health service users to take a leadership role.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors argue for a service user leadership approach and the training programme is reviewed by previous participants

Findings

Service users can take on a leadership role if they are given suitable and relevant training and development opportunities. Service user led training can be transformational.

Practical implications

Commissioners of mental health services should consider how to support service user leadership programmes, which can reach places and achieve outcomes that traditional mental health services are unable to attain.

Originality/value

The concept of service user leadership is relatively new and the training programme described in this paper is both original and highly valued by participants with many significant outcomes.

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Citation

Newton, A., Beales, A., A. Collins, D. and Basset, T. (2013), "Service user leadership: training and development for service users to take the lead", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 134-140. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-03-2013-0010

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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