ResearchNet: research as recovery

SCIE Social Care Online
Publication date:
01 January 2011


ResearchNet is a project based within the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust that involves service users and carers in research as a means of supporting recovery. At Oxleas, current service users who have a clinical care coordinator can participate in the volunteer to work scheme, which aims to give enhanced support to help them into full or part-time employment, and offers work placements within the Trust including participation in research functions through ResearchNet. This article describes the project, which combines volunteering and network building. It includes contributions from ResearchNet members reflecting on how the project has helped them.