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The Service User and Carer Sub-Committee

The Context 


'It is important that there is real involvement of service users, carers and members of the local community in commenting on priorities and giving feedback on the quality of services. In a modern mental health service… this is a critical driver for reform.'

(New Horizons: A Shared Vision for Mental Health, 2009, p.74)


Service-user, ex-service user, and carer input is an essential component of Clinical Psychology Training, required by the British Psychological Society, and Health and Care Professions Council.

OXICPT are committed to developing this collaborative working, and aim to move beyond a position of 'inviting' input to a position of 'consulting' and 'co-production', to truly value the knowledge and experience brought by those with lived histories of health difficulties.


The Sub-Committee 

Formed in 2008, the Service User and Carer Sub-Committee meets quarterly to oversee service user and carer involvement in course activities.

It currently consists of twelve service user, ex-service user, and carer members, supported by a member of staff in each stream of the course (academic, clinical and research) and a trainee representative from each year of training. It reports three times a year to the course Training Committee.

Projects achieved so far include:

1. The agreement of ‘terms of reference’ for the committee

2. The creation of a mental and emotional care document for teaching

3. An audit of the various types of involvement across within the three years of teaching (e.g. in person, video, audio, vignettes, social media) to identify strengths and areas of need. 4.

4. The creation of a guide to involving service users and carers in teaching 

5. Integration of face to face work with service users and carers in the ‘interviewing skills’ training in year one, in research seminars in year two, and in various other sessions across the syllabus

5. The creation of a ‘service user lunch’ in the induction block for new trainees

6. Full service user / carer involvement in designing, facilitating and rating the ‘group task’ element of the course selection process.

7. Involvement in the recent BPS accreditation of the course (June 2017)

Individuals with personal or family experience of mental and/or physical ill health or intellectual disabilities are involved in all stages of the three year teaching programme, and we are keen to increase this further. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Sub-Committee or the course programme please contact Dr Matthew Knight (Academic Tutor) at

We aim to provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment that respects individual beliefs and confidentiality.