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Learning from lived experience – case study

A new case study shares recommendations for developing meaningful engagement opportunities with and for people with lived experience.

The Lived Experience Reference Group is part of the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) programme led by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. The group supports the planning and delivery of engagement activities with people with lived experience to inform the work of the programme.

Following phase one of the project, Scottish Recovery Network facilitated a reflection session with members of the group. The aim of the session was to capture learning to share with agencies and organisations interested in bridging the gap between a commitment to lived experience engagement and the experience of this in practice.

The case study pulls together key themes discussed in the reflection session. It explores:

  • The experience of being involved in the group
  • The impact the work of the group has had to date
  • Learning and recommendations

“This felt closer to an equal partnership than we’ve ever had before. A lot of this happened because we pushed for it.”

Lived Experience Reference Group


For more information contact Hamish Kidd, Engagement Project Worker, Early Intervention in Psychosis

Organisations involved in the Lived Experience Reference Group:

Bipolar Scotland, Carers Trust, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), Mental Health Network (Greater Glasgow), Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Scottish Recovery Network, See Me, Soroptimist International Great Britain & Ireland, Support In Mind Scotland, University of Glasgow, VOX Scotland.