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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.

Guiding principles

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.

Researcher advice surgeries

We host a series of advice surgeries in Cardiff and Bangor for researchers to present ideas or draft proposals and receive a service user/carer perspective on their research plans.

28 September 2020 – Online advice surgery for researchers applying for the Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) scheme

If you would like to attend a surgery to discuss your research please complete and return the researcher request form. If you have any questions please contact us at


Researcher request form
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The group recently published the following papers:

  • Priority setting in research: user led mental health research, which explores the research priorities of people with experience of mental health services which include people with a lived experience of mental ill health, their carers, and professionals. The paper is available (open access) at BioMed Central.
  • Hitting the spot: Developing individuals with lived-experience of health and social care as facilitators to deliver a course to enhance public involvement in research – a Welsh perspective. This paper is available (open access) at BioMed Central.

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss PÂR, please contact us at

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National Centre for Mental Health, Cardiff University, Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

+44 (0)29 2068 8401
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