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Join 'The CPG' 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 CPG’ 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:

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.

Walking With You: Parent Support Group, November 2020. Download leaflet (pdf)

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:

CPG use their lived experience to help and inspire others

Five young people involved in CAMHS Participation Group have been busy getting creative to help others who may be feeling low as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Together with clinicians, the youngsters who are aged between 11 and 16 have made a colourful hints and tips leaflet on Keeping Well and Looking After Yourself.

You can download it here

One said: “I really enjoyed it because we know that our ideas could help other people.” And another told us: “It gives us a chance to not only learn from each other but also share what helps us with other people.”

Participation and co-production are crucial to the work Oxford Health does in supporting our services users, getting their involvement in developing what we do and listening to their important views. After all they are the experts by experience.

Louis Headley, Trust governor and quality participation lead for CAMHS – explained: “Our group wanted to do something special and thought suggestions of how to help yourself when feeling low would be really important.”

Each individual chose a colour, discussed their suggestions for key topics. They decided to cover talking, watching a film, doodling, creative writing, gardening and exercise. It even has some motivational phrases like ‘nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible!’ And ‘You are enough just as you are!’

Last updated: 24 November, 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.