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World's first Professor in User Led Research

Posted on 17/03/2014

Diana Rose, Professor in User Led Research

The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s is delighted to announce that Dr Diana Rose has been conferred the title of Professor in User Led Research, the first role of its kind in the world. 

A social scientist and mental health service user, Professor Rose’s research aims to put the voice of the service user into the research agenda in mental health. 

Professor Rose has used mental health services her entire adult life. Nearly twenty years ago, she spear-headed consumer-led research and developed a model of peer evaluation of mental health services whilst working at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.

In 2001, she moved to the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s, where she is now Co-Director of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE). SURE is a globally unique research group leading research into mental health services and treatments from the perspective of people with mental health problems and their carers.

SURE has carried out work on consumers’ perspectives on Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT); continuity of care; patient’s views and retrospective views of detention and compulsion; service users’ perceptions of the inpatient setting and service user involvement in service development.  She has also pioneered a new method of developing outcome measures from the service user’s perspective.

Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean and Head of School at the IoP at King's, says: “The IoP has a long history of user led research, and Diana has been a true pioneer in this field. I’m extremely proud that the IoP should host the first Professorship in User Led Research, and even more delighted we have such an internationally renowned researcher to take up this role.” 

Professor Rose was Co-Chair of the 2011 NICE Guideline Development Group on the Patient Experience in Adult Mental Health Services. She is also a member of INVOLVE, NIHR’s national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.

Patient and Carer Participation’ is also a key theme of the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR BRC) for Mental Health at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. The aim is to ensure that the participation of two key stakeholder groups, service users and carers, along with other groups who are frequently under-represented in research on grounds of gender, age, culture and ethnicity, are at the heart of the work of the BRC. 

The role will take effect from September. 

For further information, please contact Seil Collins, Press Officer, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London +44 (0) 207 848 5377 /

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