The South Essex Service User Consultancy, Training & Research Group (SE-SURG)

Group type: 4. Free-standing organisation

Contact details

Named contact: Lyn Kent and Maxine Nightingale

Email address: and


Lyn Kent 0845 196 4806, or 07535 988 542

Maxine Nightingale 0845 196 4809, or 07908 929 847



Remit of the group

Mental health specific.

The group is hosted at Anglia Ruskin University in the faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. Meetings provide a forum for reviewing ongoing projects, planning new work and maintaining appropriate group procedures.

Two part time service user researcher/administrators (Lyn Kent and Maxine Nightingale) have appointments at the university and lead on commissioned projects as well as organising meetings and providing training and support for other members

Members have worked on commissioned consultations and evaluations, including developing research proposals, questionnaires, interview schedules and topic guides. They have also conducted interviews, carried out data entry and analysis and contributed to writing reports and articles.

Frequency of meetings

Regular 6 weekly – additional training etc. as required in relation to specific work

Who can consult the group?

Commissioners and providers of mental health services.

Any general enquiries regarding mental health service user involvement in research or specific projects welcomed.




SE-SURG Activity Report 2008 – 2013


More about the group (optional)

In 2012 a mental health service user research group NERN (the North Essex Research Network) was established in North Essex.  SE-SURG & NERN work collaboratively and meet jointly. Named contacts are the same for both groups.