Lived experience patient and carer group – improving practice and outcomes of involuntary hospital treatment

Group type: 3. Institution or initiative-specific

Contact details

Named contact: Liza Mavromara

Email address:

Telephone: 0207 540 4380 ext. 2344


Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry

WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Service Development

Queen Mary University of London

Newham Centre for Mental Health


E13 8SP


Remit of the group

This LEAP is an advisory group for a research project aiming to develop a new intervention for people hospitalised against their will. The intervention will explore patient involvement in decisions in order to improve initial experience of treatment and facilitate longer-term health benefits for patients. We are planning 3 meetings of the LEAP, to take place at Newham Centre for Mental Health. The meetings will happen in May 2016, June 2016 & March 2017.

Frequency of meetings

Three LEAP meetings are planned for May 2016, June 2016 & March 2017

Who can consult the group?

The group meets and members are paid to support work on the Study exclusively. But other opportunities for paid involvement could be circulated to group members.



The Project is just underway and has not yet produced any reports.

More about the group (optional)

Membership is currently service users (3) and carers (2).  The project is based in the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, which has been a WHO Collaborating Centre since 2012, the only one specifically designated for Mental Health Services Development in the world.