Centre for Health Services Research
  1. Management of Long Term Conditions Group
  2. Research Group for Quality of Care for Older People
  3. Telehealth and Telecare Group
  4. Patient Safety Group
  5. Service User Involvement & Collaboration Group
  6. Health Economics Group
  7. Implementation Research Group
  8. Health Policy Leadership and Management Group
  9. Education for Practice and Research Group
  10. Impact of Disease and Treatments Group
Health Services

Service User Involvement and Collaboration Group

The group focuses on studies that explore the processes and impact of increasing service user partnership and involvement in healthcare delivery and the management of care.
Studies include the NIHR-funded study of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of peer Support; NIHR HS&DR. recovery-focused community mental health care planning; the development of a methodology for user involvement in health utility measurement; and peer support for haemodialysis patients with depression and anxiety. The 'My Home Life' project also incorporates resident experience as a core component of quality improvement in care homes.

A School-wide strategy committee ensures the commitment to the active involvement of service users and carers is implemented. This activity is supported by two externally funded patient / service user and carer groups in mental health and kidney care.


PhD Students

  • Sarah Eales
  • Pam Page


2011. The Kidney Research & Education Initiative (KREI). British Kidney Patient Association. Chamney, M. & Thomas, N. £7,120.00

2010. Good Practice Guidance for Involving Carers in Research. Mental Health Research Network. Repper, J. & Simpson, A. £7,350.00



Barkway, P., Mosel, K., Simpson, A., Oster, C. & Muir-Cochrane, E. (2012). Consumer and carer consultants in mental health: the formation of their role identity. Advances in Mental Health, 10(2): 158-169

Chamney, M., Cook, T, Das,R., Muhammed, S. & Jones, J. (2012). Renal healthcare professionals', patients and carers' collaboration to improve renal education and research. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 8 (3), 120-125

Taylor S, Abbot S & Hardy S (2012). The Inform project: a service user led endeavour. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26 (6) 448-456


Postle K, Beresford P & Hardy S (2008). Assessing research and involving people using health and social care services: addressing the tensions. Evidence and Policy, 4(3) 251-262

Simpson, A., Reynolds, L., Light, I. & Attenborough, J. (2008). Talking with the Experts: Evaluation of an online discussion forum with mental health service users and student nurses. Nurse Education Today, 28(5), 633-640