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    Centre for Coproduction in Mental Health

    Co-production is an approach to research, policy and practice in mental health and social care based on the principle that people who use services have valuable knowledge and expertise. Co-production means developing equal and reciprocal relationships between professionals, people using services, and communities to produce knowledge and services that are potentially more effective overall.

    The Centre for Co-production in Mental Health encourages interdisciplinary co-productive academic research, teaching, practice and radical mental health scholarship within and outside the Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Science in the School of Health and Education at Middlesex University.

    The Centre consolidates, supports and expands the existing activity and expertise in mental health co-production within the Department. It provides a hub for innovative and radical scholarship in mental health that is co-produced between service users, their organisations and communities, carers and staff and the infrastructure for expanding co-production activity in mental health.

    Centre Vision

    • To give equal value and status to lived and frontline experiential knowledge in mental health and to promote equal and reciprocal partnerships in research, education and practice across the life-course.

    Centre Mission

    • To ensure that this Vision is incorporated into the mental health research and teaching Departmental activities, including enhanced collaboration with the department’s service user networks and organisational partners.

    Current key projects

    Keeping Control: Exploring mental health service user perspectives on targeted violence and hostility in the context of adult safeguard

    This research project is a 16-month user-led, co-produced exploratory study funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research and undertaken by a research team at Middlesex University led by Dr Sarah Carr. It is due to end in Summer 2017.

    Core aims and objectives

    National and international

    • Promote and produce innovative co-produced, user-led and user-controlled mental health research, education and service development in order to diversify and expand the mental health, social care and social work knowledge and practice base.
    • Provide research leadership on interdisciplinary mental health research, research methods and knowledge exchange that focus on the co-production of knowledge with people with lived experience of mental health service use or mental distress, their communities and organisations.
    • Offer a space for critical discussion on mental health policy, practice and research, focused on collaborations between service users, carers and staff.

    University and School

    • Actively promote participation, equality and diversity within the Department, School, across the University and associated learning communities, with respect to people with mental health problems, for research, teaching and knowledge exchange.
    • Embed the principles and practice of co-production and service-user involvement in research and teaching, including professional development and consultancy within the Department, School and the University to assure and enhance overall quality and inclusiveness.
    • Enhance the visibility and reputation of the Department, School, and University regionally, nationally and internationally in mental health and innovation in research, education and knowledge exchange.

    Departmental

    • Provide increased opportunities for specialist research career development and mentoring for staff and PhD student applications, leading to an increase in departmental staff numbers active in research and publication.
    • Contribute to teaching programmes that are continuously refreshed through co-productive approaches with service users, carers and practitioners and input from active researchers and new research findings.
    • Explore and develop further opportunities to generate new curriculum opportunities in the field of co-production both in terms of incorporating this within existing programmes and in terms of generating new professional development and/or academic programmes.

    Associated publications

    Carr, Sarah (2016) Position paper: are mainstream mental health services ready to progress transformative co-production? Discussion Paper. National Development Team for Inclusion, Bath. (Published online first)

    Carr, Sarah and Patel, Meena (2016) Practical guide: progressing transformative co-production in mental health. Other. National Development Team for Inclusion, Bath. (Published online first)

    Perry, Emma and Carr, Sarah (2016) Sociological review blog: reclaiming, challenging and reviving mental health survivor research. In: Survivor Research Network Seminar: Reclaiming, challenging and reviving survivor research, 26/07/2016, London. (Publish online)

    Ryan, Peter and Edwards, Mike and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Bell, Linda and Carr, Sarah and Puniskis, Mike and Hanna, Sue and Jeewa, Sid (2016) Research on the experience of staff with disabilities within the NHS workforce. Project Report. Middlesex University, London UK.

    Carr, Sarah & Ryan, Peter (eds.) (2016) Conference report: Middlesex University Centre for Co-production in Mental Health inaugural international seminar 18th July 2016 - ‘Insider, outsider, impostor?’ Perspectives of mental health service user and survivor researchers and teachers on co-production in academia. [HYPERLINK: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/20902/1/coproduction%20conference%20report%20shorter_FINAL.pdf]

    Carr, Sarah (2016) Position paper: are mainstream mental health services ready to progress transformative co-production? Discussion Paper. National Development Team for Inclusion, Bath. (Published online first) [HYPERLINK: http://www.ndti.org.uk/uploads/files/MH_Coproduction_position_paper.pdf]

    Carr, Sarah and Patel, Meena (2016) Practical guide: progressing transformative co-production in mental health. Other. National Development Team for Inclusion, Bath. (Published online first) [HYPERLINK: http://www.ndti.org.uk/uploads/files/MH_Coproduction_guide.pdf

    Perry, Emma and Carr, Sarah (2016) Sociological review blog: reclaiming, challenging and reviving mental health survivor research. In: Survivor Research Network Seminar: Reclaiming, challenging and reviving survivor research, 26/07/2016, London. [HYPERLINK: https://www.thesociologicalreview.com/blog/reclaiming-challenging-and-reviving-mental-health-survivor-research.html]

    Ryan, Peter and Edwards, Mike and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Bell, Linda and Carr, Sarah and Puniskis, Mike and Hanna, Sue and Jeewa, Sid (2016) Research on the experience of staff with disabilities within the NHS workforce. Project Report. Middlesex University, London UK. [HYPERLINK: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/18741/1/FINAL_7-1-16.pdf]

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