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1 Welcome to our Service User Advisory Group (SUAG) newsletter Who are we? Together, nine ‘researchers’ (researchers from the NHS and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, and nine ‘advisers’ (men and women with learning disabilities) meet every two months in Cambridge, to talk about health services research. How did it all begin? In March 2010, members of the LD strand of the ‘Adult Theme’ asked members of the five Community Learning Disability Teams to identify people who might be interested in helping them with their research. The service users were invited to an information workshop to find out more about what it might involve, the role they might play, and how they might help with health services research. DAVID (Huntingdon) SYLVIA (City) MARK (City) ELIZABETH (South) DARREN (South) SUSAN (East) DEAN (Fenland) ANGELA (Fenland) SCOTT (East) SARAHLIZEMMAISABELALEXSALLYANNEMARCUSLILLYMARK Researchers Advisers 1

2 What have we done so far? We have been to Hereward Hall in March, to see what a Community Learning Disability Team looks like and who works there. When we meet, we do different tasks to help the researchers. We have taken part in an activity to find out more about the way that service users live. The group discovered that we enjoyed taking photographs and that it was a good way to help us talk about our lives. This is where we meet – Douglas House. …We also have some fun - we get to know each other through activities such as Giant Jenga! We presented to members of the Adult Theme Advisory Group. 2

3 sddfghdfh The advisers have given us different insights into the realities of the lives of people with learning disabilities - researcher It helped me learn different things about myself…I’ve become more independent since coming to SUAG, I never travelled alone by train before - adviser I think we helped that other bloke [ researcher] upstairs - adviser I learnt about pie charts and bar charts - adviser We’ve built such a good friendship over the years…it’s not good we finish in adviser It brings us all together, coming together to talk…getting into small groups and talking about things - adviser Next time I would think about involving service users from the start - researcher What have members of the group said about their time in SUAG? ‘Research goggles’ - a drawing by Mark Molloy, adviser member. 3 I’m getting lots of questions about this [SUAG] at work, all the time - adviser

4 Editorial team Photography: Scott, Elizabeth, Emma & Alex Graphics: Mark, Susan & Liz Copy: Sylvia, Angela & Sarah Interview: Dean & Sallyanne Latest News Members of the Service User Advisory Group will be presenting their work at a national conference in Nottingham on November 14 th The conference is about patient and public involvement (PPI) in research. More details about the conference can be found here: More details about INVOLVE can be found here: 4


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