Key Issues: Service user involvement in mental health is embedded in societal changes, influenced by top down government policies and bottom up lobbying from service user groups and the survivor movement in psychiatry.Service user involvement can be understood on a continuum from the giving of information and explanation to service user control. The latter accords with a democratic model of service user involvement and lends itself to interdisciplinary working.Choices regarding the level and type of involvement are fundamental to an interdisciplinary approach and service users should be in a position to influence this individually or collectively.Partnership working with service users is integral to interdisciplinary mental health care and occurs where leadership is co-created to develop a shared vision of service provision and care delivery.
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