May 2014 Update

Sharing Lived Experience: May Update

It is great news that the research has been given ethics approval from the NHS Research Ethics Committee (North West Research Ethics Committee) and has received local research and development approval from Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which means that the research is ready to proceed. All being well, we should begin the fieldwork in July 2014.

A short presentation about the research was given at a recent social work seminar “Social Work in the 21st century” in York (Making Research Count, and feedback was very positive, with the issue of self-disclosure striking a chord among other practitioners and speakers. A further presentation is scheduled for a student-led conference at the Combined Universities of Cornwall, Camborne, on 29th May.

Work is well underway to “pre-test” the survey to ensure it is fit for purpose. We would also like to work out how personal different types of disclosure are perceived to be, to help us to interpret the results of the survey. If you’d like to help us to measure how “personal” different types of information are seen to be, read on…

Sharing Lived Experience: How personal is “personal”?

Practitioners sometimes share things about themselves with the people they work with; sometimes personal things, sometimes non-personal, everyday things. But which ones are which? How personal is “personal”?

The University of York and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are undertaking research on sharing lived experience by mental health practitioners with service users. As part of that, we’d like to know how “personal” different types of information are considered to be. So we are asking volunteers to complete a short questionnaire.

Several other studies have graded disclosures according to how personal the information being shared is. However, some research suggests views change over time, so it may be the case that people nowadays are more open about themselves, and see information about themselves as less personal than they would have done in the past. Since there are no studies that have rated disclosures according to how personal they are in the UK, in recent years, with the professionals that the current study is engaging with, it is necessary to construct a new scale.

If you want to take part, you’ll be asked to rate different things that a practitioner might share with a service user, according to how personal you think they are. If you are involved in social work or social care, whether in mental health services or otherwise, please consider taking part in this survey.

The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and you could win a £20 Amazon gift voucher.

You can take part on-line by visiting:

Further information is available from the Chief Investigator, Jonny Lovell, by email:



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