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Patient or Carer Representative x2 in total - Expert Reference Group on Acute Behavioural Disturbance and Excited Delirium (ERG – ABDED)

  • Location : London
  • Status : 6 months fixed-term contract
  • Salary : £140 per day and £70 per half day
  • Closing date : 15/11/2021
  • Interview date : 25/11/2021

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is seeking Patient and Carer representatives to join the Expert Reference Group (ERG) on Acute Behavioural Disturbance (ABD) and Excited Delirium (ExD) as Workers. The successful applicants will have an understanding of the above terminology through lived experience of interacting with public services in the context of ABD/ExD or caring for someone who has experience of this.

The Patient and Carer Representatives will become integral members of the ERG, using their experience and insight to advise and guide the project team on how the terms are currently understood and applied, and how to improve care for people identified at risk of ABD/ExD.

ABD and ExD have been used to refer to a life-threatening physical deterioration in the context of acutely disturbed behaviour and/or severe agitation. Frequently described symptoms include an increased and/or irregular heart rate and increased body temperature. People with mental health conditions such as mania and psychosis or people who are intoxicated are thought to be at higher risk of this medical emergency.

People with lived experience of ABD/ExD may or may not have been formally identified as experiencing a medical emergency at the time of their presentation. The Patient and Carer role can either be filled by someone with personal experience of ABD/ExD or who has cared for someone with personal experience of ABD/ExD.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists – as the UK professional body for psychiatrists – is seeking to work in collaboration with patients and carers to better understand the current definition and application of these descriptive terms, with the aim of improving the care and support received by people who are in crisis and may be at risk of a physical health emergency.

The College is establishing this group to guide the development of a College position statement that will make recommendations for action in relation to early identification of physical deterioration, guidance around clinical management, teaching and training of professionals, research and public policy.

The Patient and Carer Representatives are expected to attend and contribute to the ERG meetings and collaborate with the group and the project team to complete the aims of the project.

RCPsych has developed a high media profile and is a leading organisation in terms of equality and diversity. It was a recent winner of Charity of the Year at the European Diversity Awards. This is an excellent opportunity for patients and carers to contribute their perspectives on mental health equality issues and be part of our ongoing strategy and communications development.

This is an excellent opportunity for patients and carers to contribute their perspectives on important mental health issues and be part of our ongoing strategy and communications development.

Please complete the enclosed application form and return it with an updated CV to HRrecruitment@rcpsych.ac.uk . Please send any other queries to this address as well.

How to apply

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please download the following documents:

We welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Closing date: Monday 15 November 2021 at 10am

Interview date: Thursday 25 November 2021 - by Microsoft Teams

The College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Charity registration no. 228636

No agencies or publications please.