An overview of the EQUIP study The EQUIP study aimed to improve service user and carer involvement in care planning in mental health services. We co-developed with service users and carers a training package for mental health professionals so that they would be better equipped to involve users and carers in their care. Service users and carers helped to design, shape and conduct the EQUIP study and you can learn more about their experiences in Chapter 1. During the EQUIP programme, we worked with service users and carers to develop a new instrument, a patient-reported outcome measure, to measure the extent to which people were involved in their own care planning. You can read more about the importance of patient-reported outcome measures and how you might design and test them in Chapter 6. We explored the organisational changes that needed to be made by Community Mental Health Teams and the wider healthcare The content of the training was ‘evidencesystem to improve user and carer involved based.’ This means that it was built upon care planning. We did this by talking to detailed knowledge of the care-planning different people and listening to their process, why service user and carer different views and perspectives. You can involvement in care planning may not have happened in the past, and what might be the learn more about this research approach in Chapters 7 and 8. best way of making sure it happens in the future. You will learn more about how to find We conducted...

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