The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) develops and supports infrastructure to improve research in mental health and neurological conditions. We involve patients / service users and the public in our research at all stages. This means service users and the public are involved in setting research agendas, overseeing projects and programmes, and disseminating research. This includes supporting research by expert researchers with experience of using mental health services. We want to ensure that our research is relevant to stakeholders, including patients, their supporters, and clinical staff. Patients and the public are embedded into the management and governance of our work. The pages below outline the scope of our strategy, how it has developed, how it is being put into practice, and what we plan for the future. We also present the results of our 2016 Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) consultation, and a list of relevant research publications.
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A note on terminology
We have chosen to use the term ‘service user’ throughout our strategy as an alternative to ‘patient’. Our BRC predominantly has a mental health focus. The term ‘service user’ is often preferred to ‘patient’ in this context. However, we acknowledge the limitations of using either term. The NIHR Maudsley BRC includes research into neurological conditions (outside of mental health), where the term ‘patient’ might be more appropriate.