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Partners in experience (p.i.e.) - involvement group

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 partners in experience (P.I.E.) group 

The Partners In Experience (P.I.E.) group (previously named the Service User and Carer Sub-Committee) was formed in 2008. In 2018 the group collectively renamed itself to better represent and respect the contribution of all members. The group meets quarterly to oversee involvement of those persons with lived or familial experience of ill health and / or healthcare treatment in course activities.

The group currently consists of those people who have had personal experience, familial experience, or carer experience of mental or physical ill health, or of additional learning needs. This is supported by members of staff in each stream of the course (academic, clinical, and research) and a trainee representative from each year of training. 


Recent projects / collaborations include:

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

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. The creation of a guide to involving those people with lived or carer experience in teaching 

5. Integration of face to face work with PIE members in the ‘interviewing skills’ training in year one, in research teaching in year two, and in various other sessions across the syllabus

6. The creation of a 'PIE lunch’ in the induction block for new trainees

7. Full PIE involvement in designing, facilitating and rating the ‘group task’ element of the course selection process.

8. Full involvement in the recent BPS accreditation of the course (June 2017)

9. Representation by PIE members at national training and conference events.


 New projects include:

1. PIE involvement in trainee assessment through the Project Approval System for trainee dissertations.

2. Expansion of membership to better reflect the multiple services and contexts within which Clinical Psychologists work.



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 group 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.