Peer Expertise in Education and Research (PEER) Group, St George’s, University of London

Group type: 3. Institution or initiative-specific

Contact details

Named contact: Kati Turner (Service User Researcher and Co-ordinator of PEER Group), Sarah Gibson

Email address:



St George’s, University of London

Cranmer Terrace


SW17 0RE

Remit of the group

The PEER Group will act as a patient and public involvement (PPI) research resource for the South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trusts (SWLSTG), 3 recently appointed clinical research fellows and the proposed new Clinical Research Groups. It will also support PPI in research and service development projects across the Trust.

The group is facilitated and coordinated by 2 service user researchers from St George’s University of London (Sarah Gibson and Kati Turner), in turn supported by Dr Steve Gillard, Senior Lecturer in Social & Community Mental Health.

PEER Group achievements include:

  • consultation, input and review of research proposals and bids
  • membership of steering groups
  • research advisors
  • service user researcher roles
  • focus group participation & consultation
  • input into education and training
  • conference presentations
  • input to publications
  • PEER Group generated research topics and outcomes
  • user-controlled research
  • training in research methodologies

Frequency of meetings

Every 2 or 3 months and last for approximately 2 hours.

Who can consult the group?

Researchers at St George’s and at the local mental health Trust (South West London & St George’s).




More about the group (optional)

Members are paid for their attendance at meetings and also have their travel expenses reimbursed.

To join the PEER Group you need to live within the South West London area, have a lived experience of mental health issues from a service user or carer perspective, or have used or are using the services of SWLSTG.