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Call for participants to take part in the North London service user research forum

The North London service user research forum (SURF) is looking for new members who are current or previous users of mental health services in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.

The forum was founded in 2007 to provide a consultation service for UCL researchers working in the field of mental health to discuss their research with experts by experience. Forum members have lived experience of mental health problems and mental health service use are are compensated £30 per meeting for their time.

The forum is hosted by the UCL Division of Psychiatry and meets online at least four times per year. East meeting lasts around 90 minutes and provides opportunities to hear about three research presentations. The meetings are co-chaired by Katherine Barrett (service user) and Professor Helen Killaspy (UCL) and funded through the mental health theme of UCLH’s Biomedical Centre.

The forum aims to provide:

  • service users with an understanding of the purposes and processes of research
  • opportunities for service users to contribute to research studies
  • a forum and reference group for researchers to discuss their research ideas with service users prior to funding applications
  • a forum to discuss the best way to feed back the results of completed studies to service users

Applications to join can be made via the UCL website by 5pm on Friday, 1 March.

For further information and to find details on how to apply, visit the SURF webpage on the UCL website.