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People needed to join the Patient Advisory Group for the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (O-CAP) research group

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

We are looking for three people to join a friendly Patient Advisory Group (PAG) to support the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (O-CAP) research group.

The group ‘investigates why people experience hallucinations and delusions, and use that knowledge to develop truly effective treatments for these problems’. These treatments mainly consist of talking therapies, and treatments using virtual reality or smart-phone apps. Please click here for more details about the research group. We are particularly looking for people to support a study looking at people who have had experiences of feeling that they have exceptional abilities, identity, wealth or fame.

 

What is the Patient Advisory Group (PAG)?

The function of the group is to help the research team by providing expert input based upon lived experience in the role of a mental health service user.

Group members will need to:

  • Have had times when they have felt that they have exceptional abilities, identity, wealth or fame or experienced suspicious thoughts, or psychosis
  • Have an interest in mental health research
  • Live in the Oxford area meetings will be held in Oxford. Also need to be able to travel independently to meetings
  • Be able to read meeting papers and preparing comments prior to meetings

 

What will be asked of members?

The following will be asked of group members:

  • Attending face to face meetings in Oxford three times a year. Meetings will last around four hours (with lunch and breaks). The next meeting is due to be held in early February
  • Reading papers ahead of meetings and with other group members providing expertise to support the study team decision making.
  • Constructively raising any concerns that you might have and offering possible solutions.
  • Responding to occasional correspondence via email between meetings of the group.

Payment of £50 per meeting will be offered and all reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. This payment includes reading papers before meetings.

 

How to apply

To apply please complete the application form here and return it by February 9th 2018 to Thomas Kabir (email: thomaskabir@mcpin.org or phone 0207 922 7874). If you have any problems at all filling out the application form please do get in touch so that we can discuss alternatives.

The O-CAP research group is funded by grants from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and a range of other funders.