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Critical Perspectives on User Involvement$
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Marian Barnes and Phil Cotterell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427519

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.001.0001

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The Nottingham Advocacy Group: a short history

The Nottingham Advocacy Group: a short history

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(p.19) Two The Nottingham Advocacy Group: a short history
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Critical Perspectives on User Involvement
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Marian Barnes

Colin Gell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427519.003.0003

The Nottingham Advocacy Group (NAG) was one of the earliest advocacy groups to be established in the mid-1980s. It developed good relationships with local service providers, was influential in supporting the development of other local groups and national organisations, such as the UK Advocacy Network, and played an important role in the lives of service users who became involved in the group or benefited from its advocacy services. But NAG also experienced internal differences and, as user involvement came to be accepted as official policy within the NHS, found itself undermined when the local NHS Trust decided to offer advocacy contracts to another organisation. This experience questioned the robustness of the ‘partnerships’ that had been agreed between NAG and local service agencies and left the group in search of a role in a changed environment. This chapter considers the history of the group over approximately 20 years and reflects on how NAG's experience illustrates the challenges facing user groups as user involvement has become official policy.

Keywords:   advocacy, mental health service, partnership, movement history

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