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Join 'The PG' and have your say

Young people are key to designing and delivering our services, and our participation group is here to make this possible.

Your views really do matter. You will be listened to and the things you tell us can really shape the way things happen – not only for you but for other young people who may need help.

‘The PG’ is your participation group and it’s hand-on and can be fun too – honest! It can help build up your confidence and you can get involved in making videos, website design, art and even public speaking. We’re open to ideas too, so if there’s something you’d like us to set up, please lets us know.

Be inspired and inspire others

You don’t need to have a personal experience of the service or mental health issues: you may just be interested, or you may have a friend or relative who has needed help.

We can pay your travel expenses and refreshments are always provided.

The group meets on a monthly basis – so come and get involved with:

  • Designing the CAMHS website
  • Filming and editing videos about mental health
  • Raising awareness of mental health
  • Interviewing new staff for CAMHS
  • Public speaking
  • Deliver training to CAMHS and schools staff
  • Art activities

and much more.

Contact us

If you would like to be involved or receive more information about participation opportunities & patient experience please contact:



Tell us what you think

We use iWantGreatCare, a health reviews website, to collect feedback on what patients think, monitor it and action where possible.

IWantGreatCare encourages patients to leave meaningful feedback on their care, say thank you and help the next patient by improving experiences and is available for the majority of services across the Trust.

It’s a service that is independent, secure and trusted by patients, doctors and hospitals.

Your feedback is totally confidential, and collected and processed by iWantGreatCare, an independent organisation.
You can also provide your feedback on paper forms, using the app during your care or by using the website.

What difference does it make?

Here are some of the things that young people have worked with us on:

  • The makeover of our former site at Boundary Brook House in Oxford was designed by members of The PG
  • The new Highfield Unit in Oxford was designed in collaboration with The PG and young people on the unit
  • The national pilot for Children and Young People, Improving Access to Psychological Services (CYP IAPT) was shaped by young people from across our collaboration – this currently includes interviewing staff, presenting at conferences, training staff and making a film
  • Parent & carer questionnaires have been introduced in to CAMHS alongside young people’s versions to get their views too!

These are some of the film projects that have been shaped by participation:

Last updated: 6 April, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): We are not allowing visitors to any of our hospital or inpatient sites in order to protect our patients and staff who care for them from the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This is with effect from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.