Developing and evaluating mental health lived experience practitioner (LXP) roles in an NHS trust

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Stirrup, V., Jones, F., Dimond, I., Green, D., Kaur, J., Wattingham, A. and MacInnes, D. (2021). Developing and evaluating mental health lived experience practitioner (LXP) roles in an NHS trust. Journal of Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2021.1952956
AuthorsStirrup, V., Jones, F., Dimond, I., Green, D., Kaur, J., Wattingham, A. and MacInnes, D.
Abstract

The value of establishing roles for people with lived experience of mental distress within mental health services is increasingly being recognised. However, there is limited information to guide the introduction of these roles into mental health services.

Aims
This study details the development and evaluation of a new mental health peer worker role, the Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP), within an NHS Trust.

Methods
A three-phase exploratory mixed-methods approach was used. Qualitative data were collected and analysed in the first phase. The qualitative findings were then translated into the formal procedures for introducing LXPs into the Trust, with the approach examined quantitatively in the third phase.

Results
The qualitative analysis identified five themes; role design, training, piloting, career pathways and communication. These formed the basis for working groups (workstreams) which developed policies and procedures for introducing the LXP role into the Trust. Twenty-eight applicants commenced a training programme with 10 successful completions. Seven LXPs were employed by the Trust and were still in their posts after 2 years.

Conclusion
In this study, three areas were viewed as important when introducing LXP roles into mental health services; organisational support, the training programme and employment procedures.

KeywordsPsychiatry and Mental health; General Medicine
Year2021
JournalJournal of Mental Health
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN0963-8237
1360-0567
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2021.1952956
Funder/ClientKnowledge Transfer Partnership
Publication dates
Online26 Sep 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted26 Apr 2021
Deposited06 Oct 2021
Publisher's version
License
File Access Level
Open
Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Page range1-8
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