Jacqui Dyer: It’s not OK to replace paid LXP staff with Unpaid Service Users 

What is the difference between asking an NHS Trust a question at its AGM vs. asking the same question at the GtiCP Conference?  Well – for a start: the GtiCP (DCP Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology) conference didn’t censor the question and actually put it in the chat. Second, they actually asked it. Third,Continue reading “Jacqui Dyer: It’s not OK to replace paid LXP staff with Unpaid Service Users “

The Difference Between LXPs & Involvement Staff

Are you a Lived Experience Professional (LXP) who has ever been asked to explain the difference between what you do, vs. Public & Patient Involvement (PPI) staff? It’s a toughie, because on the face of it, the work often looks the same. The main difference between the two is People working within the Lived ExperienceContinue reading “The Difference Between LXPs & Involvement Staff”

Which NHS Trusts Are On Santa’s Good List? Who Got The LXP Band 7 Funding??

Was your NHS trust on one of Santa’s Good List, ready to be blessed with a brand new Band 7 Lived Experience Professional (LXP) to join their staff? At LXP Revolution, we’ve been heavily focussing on activism which highlights trusts who haven’t applied for funding to employ LXPs when given the opportunity, despite us likelyContinue reading “Which NHS Trusts Are On Santa’s Good List? Who Got The LXP Band 7 Funding??”

Why did your NHS Trust reject an LXP funding opportunity?

The blog that caused the most fury on social media: why did NHS Trusts not apply for a funding opportunity in 2020 to employ a Lived Experience professional working at a Band 7 grade, when most Trusts use the excuse of not having funds to employ an LXP beyond a Band 3 or 4 level?Continue reading “Why did your NHS Trust reject an LXP funding opportunity?”

Why the KUF funding affects ALL LXPs in England

Why should funding for one type of training affect ALL people who work as LXPs (Lived Experience Professionals) in the English NHS? KUF (Knowledge & Understanding Framework) training funding sticks a flag in the sand, it sets a standard for equality of pay, working conditions, support and CPD (Continuing Professional Development. Now we have fundingContinue reading “Why the KUF funding affects ALL LXPs in England”

PSW Describes Traumatic Experience: Part 2

Part 2 of a series of blogs – read part 1 here: After sharing my story with the board I was in high expectations and filled with excitement. However my placement within Day Services was going through a major overhaul. The Centre where I was working was closing after many years, a 6 week programmeContinue reading “PSW Describes Traumatic Experience: Part 2”

The FOI that started a Revolution… Now YOU can too!!!

Do you want to watch an activism campaign that uses Freedom of Information requests to highlight discrimination and use this to push for equality for Lived Experience Professionals? Do you want to be part of it? Do you want to see how you can use the same technique locally? Subscribe to this series of blogs,Continue reading “The FOI that started a Revolution… Now YOU can too!!!”

Into The Twilight Zone: A Mad Board Meeting

The following blog has been contributed by an observer of the May Board Meeting of an NHS Trust. You can find out more details about the meeting by looking at the ‘Birmingham Activism’ area of the site. The author used dictating software to write the blog, and the blog was anonymised afterwards. Into The TwilightContinue reading “Into The Twilight Zone: A Mad Board Meeting”

Mad on the inside: An ally’s perspective on one organisation

Anonymous: Former employee of the mental health trust discussed on this website. I started working in mental health before recovery and lived experience practice made their way into the zeitgeist (not long before honest). Being very familiar with the recovery movement, I was sceptical as ‘recovery’ started to appear on everything. And I was right to be. IContinue reading “Mad on the inside: An ally’s perspective on one organisation”

How Can Allies Support LXPs Against Discrimination?

Musings on a Twitter Thread by Tamar Jeynes I often think a lot of my best bits of inspiration come on Twitter – it’s fast paced, with lots of witty banter. The critique is harsh, but there is a lot to learn if people listen.  A recruitment drive for psychology posts at a Birmingham NHSContinue reading “How Can Allies Support LXPs Against Discrimination?”