Involving service users in delivering alcohol addiction therapy
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Involving service users in delivering alcohol addiction therapy

Clementinah Rooke Alcohol nurse specialist/post-doctoral healthcare researcher, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Manchester
Benjamin Jones Service user and facilitator, Brian Hore Unit SMART Recovery meeting, Manchester
Michele Thomas Service user and facilitator, Brian Hore Unit SMART Recovery meeting, Manchester

Involving and empowering people who use health services, and taking their experiences into account, has evolved from being considered good practice to being duties of the NHS. However, evidence suggests that the rate of progress and change has been slow, despite the constant emphasis on the merits of involving and engaging the public and patients. This article, written in collaboration with two service users, reports on efforts by nursing staff working in alcohol addiction to involve service users in setting up and managing the self-management and recovery training initiative at the Brian Hore Unit, part of the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. The article aims to encourage healthcare professionals to appreciate the benefits of proactive patient and public involvement for their organisations and for those who get involved.

Nursing Standard. 28, 42,44-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.42.44.e8437

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 29 July 2013

Accepted: 25 February 2014