DUCIE network

Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education

  • Are you employed to develop user and carer involvement strategies within a higher education institution?
  • Are you an academic for whom service user and carer involvement is a core aspect of your role?
  • Do you ever find yourself feeling isolated or estranged from the HE environment? Or struggling to get other people to engage with involvement work?
  • Do you sometimes feel that you don't know how to ask the ‘right' questions? (Or that other people don't!)

The Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education (DUCIE) network is there for you. 


DUCIE aims to enhance the involvement of users and carers in learning and teaching through development of a support network for user and carer involvement development workers employed within UK higher education institutions (HEIs).

Meetings are held two to three times a year, with email and telephone contact maintained in between through the DUCIE jiscmail discussion list and online chats here on the mhhehub. Find out more.

A series of meetings is currently being planned, on academic writing for involvement workers. Details to follow.  

If you are a user and carer involvement worker in a Higher Education Institution (you may be employed under a different title, such as ‘development worker', ‘consumer academic' or ‘administrator'), you are welcome to join DUCIE. You are also welcome to bring along with you a colleague who supports your role within your institution.

To join DUCIE and/or for further information, contact  Jill Anderson j.anderson@lancaster.ac.uk

See here for details of past outputs of the Ian Light Award for work in pairs.

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You may also be interested in the LIVED EXPERIENCE NETWORK (LEN). Contact Jools Symons for further details.

Blog Posts

New resources on mental health, mental capacity and human rights

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 20, 2017 at 8:30 0 Comments

The British Institute of Human Rights has published three new guides on mental health, mental capacity and human rights. The booklets aim to empower people using services to advocate for their own human rights. BIHR have co-produced the booklets with six advocacy and support organisations, working together on a project called Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy.

My Human Rights contains information about what human rights are, which rights are most relevant for…

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University Mental Health Day is on March 2nd

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 18:37 0 Comments

Keep an eye on the University Mental Health Day map to see what others are up to throughout the UK. Find out what's going on at your own university.  If there isn't an event, why not organise one?  University mental health day provides a great opportunity for developing and cementing links between people involved in teaching and learning about mental health and those working in student support services.  Register your event on the form at the foot of the page.…

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Working with situations of coercive control - tools for supporting people

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 9:00 3 Comments

This website is for social workers and other health and social care practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in working with situations of coercive control.

Coercive control is now recognised as the behaviour that underpins domestic abuse. It is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim’s sense of self, minimising their freedom of action and violating their human rights.

The Serious Crime Act 2015 creates a new offence of controlling or…

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Diagnostic Cultures A Cultural Approach to the Pathologization of Modern Life

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 14, 2017 at 1:20 0 Comments

Some studies estimate that each year, around a quarter of the population of Western countries will suffer from at least one mental disorder. Should this be interpreted as evidence for the progress of psychiatry, a discipline that is now able to identify and treat mental illnesses that have always existed, or might it be the case that modern life somehow creates new conditions, or social pathologies? This book argues that in fact something more fundamental has been taking place in…

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Scholarship for the MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (online) course

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 13, 2017 at 19:17 0 Comments

The University of Hertfordshire School of Health and Social Work, Department of Nursing (Children’s, Learning Disability and Mental Health) and Social Work is very pleased to offer two applicants for the MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (online) course, who have lived experience of mental distress, a scholarship for the course fees commencing in the academic year 2017-2018.

The scholarship is in recognition that mental health challenges can interrupt the progress of…

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Mad Ethics - special issue of the Journal of Ethics and Mental Health [C4P]

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 13, 2017 at 15:37 0 Comments

Mental health service users/refusers have always confronted ethical dilemmas in the legal, medical, socio-political and economic regimes that administer our lives. This special issue invites theoretical, empirical, and community-informed papers that critically explore ethical queries in contemporary mental health practice. 

Read the …

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Social Perspectives Network

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 19:34 0 Comments

The AGM of SPN is taking place at 1.45 pm on Monday 20th February at Resource for London,, Seminar Room 1, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA. See here for further details.

HEA Health and Social Care: Forthcoming events

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 19:25 0 Comments

Higher Education Academy Health and Social Care events.

Practice Education Special Interest Group

29 March, 2017

HEA York

Grow Your Skills: Using Creative Approaches to Health and Social Care Professions Learning

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 10:00

HEA York

Grow Your Skills: Getting to Grips with Competence Assessment

Thursday, 4 May, 2017 - 09:00

HEA York

Stepping into Programme Management: Student Professional Suitability and Fitness…

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PROJECTIONS: Cinematic representations of mental illness

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 19:00 0 Comments

This six week evening course may be of interest to those within reach of the Freud museum in London.

Guy de Maupassant once said, “A sick thought can devour the body's flesh more than fever or consumption.” Mental illness is one of the leading causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. Depression, anxiety and substance abuse are reported to be among the main drivers of disability in Western countries. It is estimated that one in six adults has suffered from a common mental…

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The Sedated Society - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 18:56 0 Comments

'This edited volume provides an answer to a rising public health concern: what drives the over prescription of psychiatric medication epidemic? Over 15% of the UK public takes a psychiatric medication on any given day, and the numbers are only set to increase. Placing this figure alongside the emerging clinical and scientific data revealing their poor outcomes and the harms these medications often cause, their commercial success cannot be explained by their therapeutic efficacy.…

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