Well done Paul, I take my hat off to you.
When you taking on a position as lay-member it is incumbent on the organisation that you join to ensure and reassure that you are not there as in a 'token' capacity.
These are wise and hard-earned observations from Paul Radin. The call for integrated approaches to improving services is key. In particular, we need to focus more deeply on the whole business of involvement. We require Evidence Based Involvement (EBI) - we need to know exactly how to achieve the inclusion of people with experience in determining the direction of mental health services. Involvement to date has been a very mixed bag. Indeed, much of what I have reviewed with colleagues in terms of recovery policy language reveals a dominant focus on economics (neo-liberal undertow) and people with experience as merely an echo chamber for the decisions made elsewhere and typically by those with 'no experience' expertise.