Authors: Til Wykes, London UK
Event: 2007 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CONSUMER LED RESEARCH, COLLABORATION, CONSUMER COLLABORATION, KEYNOTE SPEAKER, RECOMMENDED READING
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper discusses how service user researchers can be involved as partners in research. It describes some of the work carried out by the Service User Research Entperise at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. This unit was set up to nurture collaborations between researchers and service users. Over the years we have developed new methodology and constructed user valued outcome and tried to carry out research which is a high priority to service users. This journey has not been without its costs. Working with service users increase the costs both in time and financial support. It also requires academics to give up some of their power in the research process. We have had some successes but there are still challenges ahead but we hope that the work of this small unit will encourage others to take the first steps to a more participatory model of research.