30/12/17 – Working with BEAT, UK.
I succeeded with my application for this voluntary position. BEAT describes the role in the following way:
Description of Role: Policy and research advisor volunteer
During the development of new standards for the treatment of patients, the evaluation of eating disorder services, and the carrying out of new research, it is crucial to involve people with personal experience as equal partners. This ensures that the interests and needs of people affected by eating disorders are addressed.
We are looking to recruit a small number of supporters to become Policy and research advisor volunteers. We’ll contact these volunteers with opportunities for them to help influence policy and research. These opportunities will involve volunteers providing feedback based on their experience and knowledge of eating disorders.
When Beat becomes aware of a significant new opportunity to influence policy and research relevant to eating disorders, if you have had relevant personal experience you will be invited to contribute.
There will be a wide range of opportunities, but here are a few examples of the kind of opportunities you could be invited to assist with:
- Providing feedback on a draft NHS strategy or policy.
- Joining a committee to help write new NHS policy or to review the quality of care provided by eating disorders services.
- Helping researchers to write up their findings and make them accessible to the public.
Unfortunately, the first work they sent through was while I was away and nowhere near technology, but I’m looking forward to inputting into future reviewing opportunities.