Service user involvement
CGL is committed to involving service users in all aspects of service planning and delivery.
We have well-established processes in place to help ensure that service users have meaningful opportunities to shape and improve our services; and that they are involved in the decisions that most affect them.
We recognise the vital role that service users have as recipients of, and partners in, the programmes they are involved in. By having effective and meaningful service user involvement processes we are able to:
- Ensure that our services are accountable to service users;
- That the service user experience is improved;
- Provide a vehicle through which consultation on future action plans can be undertaken;
- Promote healthier lives, wellbeing and active citizenship;
- Increase service user choice;
- Foster positive relationships between staff, volunteers and service users;
- Ensure any changes in service provision are communicated clearly, in a way that makes sense to those affected by them;
- Develop more innovative ways of working to improve service quality
The service user involvement team is made up of:
- Service user representatives who represent service users’ views and opinions in their local service or project;
- Regional service user representatives who represent their service at Regional Service User Councils;
- National service users representatives who represent their region or directorate at the National Service User Council and attend CGL management and governance meetings;
- Service user leads and coordinators who are staff members that support service user representatives; acting as a conduit between service users’ and all areas of CGL business.
Find out more from one of our Service User Reps
A National Service User Involvement Rep. So what’s that all about? What does one of them do? How much time does it take?
CGL sets great store by actively involving its service user community at all levels of its activities. This wide group of people has a huge array of skills that can be utilised to help improve the quality of services being provided. Involvement often starts at a local level, where individuals have first engaged with CGL’s services to get on the road to recovery. Many see further involvement as a way of staying on their recovery pathway.
It makes sense that good practice at local levels can be shared at a regional level and ultimately at national level. At the national level the national reps work closely together with CGL to support initiatives across the piece, feeding in their accumulated knowledge to the processes that make things happen.
They also attend CGL management and governance meetings to provide the service user perspective, and get involved in management initiatives such as the recruitment of staff to key CGL positions and helping bid for new business.
All in all a very valuable and rewarding role. Time spent on it can vary according to the size and complexity of each area of responsibility, but in all cases the role is welcomed and the reps can take great pride in their achievements which can impact across the whole organisation and its client base.
Bernie Carr, National Service User Representative
If you're interested in becoming a Service User Rep, please speak to one of the other reps in your service, or your local Service User Involvement Lead.