Research and Development - The PEER Group
PEER stands for Peer Expertise in Education and Research.
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.
If you would like to know more about the work of the PEER Group – whether you are a clinician, academic, mental health professional, carer or someone with lived experience of mental health issues - contact Kati Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org).