We have produced a new handbook during our NIHR funded research programme, EQUIP (enhancing service user and carer involvement in mental health care planning). The book was developed from a research methods course originally designed for mental health service users and carers getting involved in patient and public involvement on the project, with the intention of enabling them to be better involved in the programme by having a greater understanding and awareness of the research process.
We have written the book in collaboration with service user and carer researchers, and have made it available open access. We really just want to let as many people know about it, because we think it can add real value, and work as a useful tool not only for PPI contributors but also for research teams, PPI/engagement professionals, third sector organisations, even students.
It is also available in hard copy form which can be purchased, but I have a free supply of books at the moment which I would be delighted to send out to people who might think they could use it in their work.
If you would like a copy, the only thing I ask is if you could let us know how you use the book so that we can keep a record of how it is being used. I would be delighted if anyone wants to get in touch and request one: Kelly.Rushton@manchester.ac.uk
Posted on behalf of Dr Kelly Rushton. Research Associate, Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester