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)

Email address:



St George’s, University of London

Cranmer Terrace


SW17 0RE

Remit of the group

We are a group of local people with a lived experience of mental health issues who are interested in becoming actively involved in research at St George’s (University of London) and the Trust.

The group started in March 2010, meets every 2 months and has a current membership of 23 people. We receive our funding from the SWLSTG Research and Development Committee and PEER members are paid for their involvement. The group is co-ordinated and facilitated by Sarah Gibson and Kati Turner with support from Steve Gillard, Reader in Social and Community Mental Health at the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s. The purpose of our group is to bring together people from different perspectives – mental health lived experience, carers, academic researchers and mental health professionals – to collaborate and work together in the field of mental health research and education in a variety of ways. The group provides the vital lived experience input into research and evaluation projects and funding bids. PEER Group members receive support and training in various areas to enable them to undertake the work.

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.