March 2013 saw the creation of the Spectrum Centre's first Advisory Panel. The panel comprises approximately ten people with lived experience of bipolar disorder and their friends and families. It is chaired by Rita Long (service user researcher).
The Advisory panel meets every other month at Lancaster University. The aim of the panel is to contribute to the work undertaken at Spectrum. The authentic contribution made by the panel ensures that the work carried out stays relevant to and focused on the needs of people with bipolar experiences, their friends and families.
Commenting on grant applications, preparing videos for staff training and refining interventions are some of the contributions made by the advisory panel. We ensure that Spectrum's research is shaped by the continuous open channels of communication and feedback among members of the panel and the research team.
We value highly the contribution of the panel. Training is offered to develop skills that can be utilised both at Spectrum and for personal career progression.
If you are interested in contributing to research at Spectrum then please contact: Rita Long at firstname.lastname@example.org