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Service user leadership: training and development for service users to take the lead

Service user leadership: training and development for service users to take the lead Purpose– This paper outlines the concept of service user leadership and both describes and reflects on an accredited training programme that enables mental health service users to take a leadership role. Design/methodology/approach– The authors argue for a service user leadership approach and the training programme is reviewed by previous participants Findings– Service users can take on a leadership role if they are given suitable and relevant training and development opportunities. Service user led training can be transformational. Practical implications– Commissioners of mental health services should consider how to support service user leadership programmes, which can reach places and achieve outcomes that traditional mental health services are unable to attain. Originality/value– The concept of service user leadership is relatively new and the training programme described in this paper is both original and highly valued by participants with many significant outcomes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Mental Health Training Education and Practice Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1755-6228
DOI
10.1108/JMHTEP-03-2013-0010
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Abstract

Purpose– This paper outlines the concept of service user leadership and both describes and reflects on an accredited training programme that enables mental health service users to take a leadership role. Design/methodology/approach– The authors argue for a service user leadership approach and the training programme is reviewed by previous participants Findings– Service users can take on a leadership role if they are given suitable and relevant training and development opportunities. Service user led training can be transformational. Practical implications– Commissioners of mental health services should consider how to support service user leadership programmes, which can reach places and achieve outcomes that traditional mental health services are unable to attain. Originality/value– The concept of service user leadership is relatively new and the training programme described in this paper is both original and highly valued by participants with many significant outcomes.

Journal

The Journal of Mental Health Training Education and PracticeEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 16, 2013

Keywords: Service user leadership; Peer support; Empowerment; Service user involvement; Confidence; Wellbeing; Leadership; Training

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