Service User and Carer Groups within the School of Health Professions are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the General Optical Council (GOC). The HCPC require involvement of service users and carers within any programme they accredit; the GOC advocate similar involvement of service users and carers.
The School of Health Professions has two active service user and carer groups. The structure of these groups varies; in general they are comprised of service users and carers, as implied by the name, as well as representatives from the academic programmes within the school.
The social work service user and carer consultative group was established in 2002 and supports both BA and MA Social Work programmes as well as clinical psychology programmes. More recently the service user and carer group for the School of Health Professions was established; this represents the remaining professions within the school (dietetics, optometry, paramedicine, physiotherapy, podiatry). Some, members attend both groups with a view to sharing expertise and support across the school.