There are currently nine people on the people panel, with experience in mental health, older people, health and children with disability services.
- We have established a People Panel newsletter, which provides regular updates on the activities and interests of the panel. Trainees also contribute to this newsletter and are actively involved in the initial stages.
- There is now a regular column in the Division of Clinical Psychology Forum journal for the Service User/Carer Liaison Committee Column. This section is co-ordinated by Barbara Riddell (Service user/care co-ordinator Surrey Programme) and her first piece is included in our handbook as it provides an illuminating personal account of setting up service user groups in clinical psychology programmes. Barbara is keen for others to contribute to this section of the forum. An open invitation is extended to all People Panel members to consider submitting pieces to this column.
- Increase communication with trainees - we are keen to involve trainees more with the People Panel and some members have kindly offered to act in a mentoring role for trainees during their training.
- Placements - a pilot scheme is under way, whereby trainees beginning their older adult placement can meet with an older adult representative of the People Panel. This session aims to provide a focus and insight into carers’ experience when accessing older adult services. It may be possible to also extend this to other specialisms.
- Teaching and Service Users - the People Panel are keen to support all service users involved with teaching. They consider and share ways of making these sessions meaningful and collaborative.
- Service users and marking - currently none of our service users are involved with marking trainee assignments. We are keen to look at some assignments that would lend themselves to this. In the first year, trainees take part in two full day workshops where they are observed using CBT during role plays. Our People Panel members (or service users) are part of the observation group and along with members of the programme team, give invaluable informative feedback to the trainees on their role plays.
- Research - trainees regularly present proposed research projects to the People Panel with a view to obtaining feedback.