This page is about people who use services, their families and carers collaborating with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust to ensure that our services are the best that they can be. There are lots of different ways to get involved including being part of clinical design groups to help develop our services, to taking part in focus groups to be a member of a steering group to help implement polcies. 

If you would like to find out more the Participation and Partnership Forum, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundations Trust's service user and carer forum please click here

Many of our involvement roles are now advertised here or to find out more you can follow us on twitter at Involvement@CPFT. If you would like to talk to somebody about involvement please get in contact with 

Involvement Opportunities

Opportunities to get involved in projects taking place within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust are published here. 

Reducing Restrictive Practice Patient/Carer Partners

Restrictive practice includes the use of physical restraint, seclusion, and rapid tranquilisation.

The Trust is committed to avoiding or minimising the need for restrictive practices in all but exceptional circumstances and only where absolutely necessary to secure the safety of patients and staff. We are seeking patients and carers with lived experience of restrictive practice, to work in partnership with staff from across the Trust. Together, we aim to establish clear Trust ambitions and move forward with continuous quality improvement in this crucial area of mental health care.

We are looking for somebody who has  lived experience of restrictive practice or cared for somebody who has had this experience. We are interested in hearing from carers and people who have used our services and have had this experience. For further informamtion please look at this role description  Reducing Inpatient Restrictive Practice Patient Partner - role description.docx [docx] 287KB and / or contact



Our involvement journey

Our involvement journey

Involvement isn't a destination. It is a journey of working collaboratively with the people who use our services and their families to create the best possible services together.  

A series of events have helped start our involvement journey. In November 2016 the partnership strategy group co produced eleven listening events across the county. A key outcome from this was the commitment from CPFT to form a  service users forum. In  November 2017 work started with the partnership strategy group to create a service user forum for  CPFT. In May 2018  we advertised and interviewed for the service users forum. Our first meeting was held on the 4 October 2018. Between November 2018 and April 2019, terms of reference  and contracts of involvement  were co-created with the service user forum. In January 2019 the service user forum was renamed the Participation and Partnership Forum to reflect its activities. 

In October 2019 our second Learning together to improve care event took place and included CPFT staff from each directorate and people who had used CPFT services, their families, members of the Participation and Partnership Forum and our wider community. The event focused on creating a word cloud of how we want involvement to feel within CPFT and identifying the top five steps CPFT, and its co-production partners will be taking to achieve this vision.  

How we want involvement within CPFT to feel.  

Our five steps on our involvement journey for 2020 were:

  • Training in positive risk taking 
  • Creating a network for sharing good practice
  • Creating a conduit for people to get involved 
  • Creating PRIDE values for involvement
  • Involvement training for new starters    
As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust