Partnership in Research (PÂR)
Partnership in Research for the National Centre for Mental Health (PÂR-NCMH) is an initiative which encourages service user and carer involvement in mental health research.
It aims to create opportunities for service users and carers to be actively involved in mental health research in Wales and for researchers to benefit from the unique perspective of service users and carers.
PÂR also provides a general advisory function for all researchers who wish to seek advice in the development and implementation of service user and carer led research. Service users and carers will have the opportunities to take an active role in the research processes; from design to dissemination as participants, advisors, collaborators or co-investigators.
PÂR-NCMH is made up of a number of groups from both North and South Wales, including individual service users and carers, mental health researchers and representatives from NCMH, third sector organisations and the Health and Care Research Wales Support Centre.
We operate based on three key principles which promote:
- Partnership: PÂR-NCMH will include members with different experiences and perspectives of mental health services.
- Reciprocation: all members will be treated with the utmost respect and differences in opinion will be solved in a professional manner.
- Confidentiality: any personal information, protocols and findings will remain confidential.
Upcoming advice sessions
We are hosting a series of advice sessions for researchers to present ideas or draft proposals and receive a service user/carer perspective on their research plans. The sessions will run in Wrexham and Cardiff. Updated dates will be announced in the coming weeks.