User Involvement Programme

User involvement is an area in which CASP has an exceptional track record. Our consumer-oriented workshops are very popular and greatly appreciated by participants.

Our current areas of work

  • Developing a training and support programme for a network of consumers and researchers in primary care research projects, part of the London NHS Executive Research and Development Programme, (EQUIP collaboration)

  • Developing a training and resource programme for members of the Quality Research in Dementia (QRD) network, who comprise of lay and professional members, and advise the Alzheimer's Society on their research programme

  • Providing 'CHiQ' training for consumers and health information providers to appraise the quality of health treatment information

  • Providing training around production of consumer health information for health/social care providers

  • A needs assessment and training programme for young people with mental health problems in the South West Region

  • Providing support, through IMPACT training, to Primary Care Trusts and Health Authorities who want to increase user involvement in organisational decision making

  • Developing and providing a training day for Cancer Services Collaborative Groups, evaluating patient health information; production strategies, quality issues and the patient perspective

  • Individual commissioned pieces of work for a wide variety of health/social/voluntary care organisations on aspects of health research/evidence and information issues

Core Principles

  • Participants at workshops, whether they are consumers/users/carers or health professionals experience the same learning process sharing experiences and learning from each other

  • Sustainability of learning and relationships are enhanced by the opportunities taken at all workshops to develop networks and peer support mechanisms

  • The potential barriers to user involvement are identified in each project and, where possible, steps are taken to remove them. For example, flexible workshop times and accessible venues, re-imbursement of costs incurred by volunteers

  • Where possible users are encouraged to undertake further development opportunities to enable them to become part of training teams and facilitate workshop sessions

For further information or to discuss commissioning a workshop please contact:

Public Health Resource Unit, Institute of Health Sciences, Old Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LF
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