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Enhancing service users’ capacity and capability

01 October 2013

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

This article describes the implementation of an eight-week programme to teach research skills to people with learning disabilities. After a focus group was held to...

A stellar success story

01 March 2010

Mental Health Practice

Feature

After a compulsory admission Marion Janner decided she wanted to do something constructive in return for the support she received during her stay. Her Star Wards...

When being bipolar gets you the job: service user research

01 October 2009

Mental Health Practice

Feature

Service user Debbie Mayes has worked as a mental health researcher for 20 years. She explains the benefits and pitfalls of the role, and suggests that more service...

Staff perceptions of a play performed by service users

01 July 2011

Mental Health Practice

Feature

This article discusses a study of mental health foundation trust staff’s views of a theatrical production performed by service users. The staff were newly recruited...

Ensuring clients have the capacity to consent to treatment

01 March 2013

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

Aim This article discusses the evaluation of a consent form for adults with learning disabilities who are referred to specialist learning disability dementia...

Involvement of service users in the recruitment of staff

01 March 2012

Learning Disability Practice

Feature

One of the most important decisions that is made about people with learning disabilities who receive community-based care concerns the recruitment of their support...

Taking a human rights-based approach to services

01 November 2010

Mental Health Practice

Feature

This article considers the narrow way in which mental health services usually interpret their human rights obligations under the Human Rights Act 2000. It argues...

Involving mental health service users in suicide-related research: a qualitative inquiry model

21 March 2016

Nurse Researcher

Engaging service users

Aim To describe the research model developed and successfully deployed as part of a multi-method qualitative study investigating suicidal service-users’ experiences...

Self-management in mental health: a qualitative study of service-users’ perceptions

09 December 2016

Mental Health Practice

Evidence & practice

The rationale and aim of the study were to explore mental health service-users’ perceptions of self-management. Participants were recruited from patients who had...

Promoting healthy eating and weight loss

08 April 2011

Learning Disability Practice

Feature

A weight reduction club for people with learning disabilities helped participants to each lose 5.9kg on average over a 12-month period. In this article Jeff Bartley...