SURF – Service User Research Forum involvement
The Service User Research Forum (SURF) is a group of young people who are using early intervention in psychosis services now or have done in the past. Young people from SURF review and contribute to research projects. They comment on project ideas and give thoughts about how we might engage people in research studies. They design posters and write information about research. They’ve contributed to this website and booklets and have even trained staff in the service.
SURF meets about once every 2 or 3 months, often in the early evening, 6-8pm in the Young People’s Centre in Ship Street in Brighton. It is informal and people normally chat and have something to eat and drink at the same time. It is led by people who’ve used mental health and early intervention services in the past. SURF members are paid £10 an hour for their time. Ruth is our service user and carer involvement co-ordinator. You can contact Ruth, if you’d like to find out more about SURF by emailing her at the email address below, or phoning her on 01273 621984 ext. 2552.
LEAF - carer involvement
The Lived Experience Advisory Forum (LEAF) is a group of people who use mental health services and relatives of people who use these services. It includes people of all ages and backgrounds. LEAF meets regularly to review research projects and to contribute ideas about how best to invite people to take part in projects, how best to run projects and how to tell people about the results afterwards. Ruth is our service user and carer involvement co-ordinator. You can contact Ruth, if you’d like to find out more about LEAF by emailing her at the email address below, or phoning her on 01273 621984 ext. 2552.
Research saves lives, join the Research Network today
The Research Network is a group of people who are interested in taking part in mental health research within Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Our Research team is leading nationally-important research into mental health conditions and treatment, including clinical trials of new drug treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease, and studies which explore the benefits of mindfulness for psychosis, anxiety and depression.
By joining the network you will be sent news about the Trust’s research work, and you can then choose to take part in research studies if you want to.
We know that research leads to better health services and saves lives. We need everyone who use our services, their carers and our staff to get involved. The more people that are involved the greater the difference it will make to finding new and improved treatments.
Research can include:
Getting involved in a new type of therapy
Trying new medications
Being interviewed by trained staff.
We need people who use our services and their carers to join the Research Network. By signing up you receive information from us about new studies, which you and only you can decide if you want to participate - it’s your choice, and that’s what’s important to us.
All you have to do to join the network is fill in the online registration form below which will then be sent automatically to research team who will then get in touch with you.
Sussex Partnership is already one of the top 12 mental health trusts for research in the country and the most active in the South of England in terms of involving people in research work.
By joining the Research Network you can help save lives.