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Darren, a service user from Hollyrood in Lindfield, has helped to recruit a new honorary assistant psychologist to provide clinical and administrative support to the psychology team, on a voluntary basis.

In July, Darren joined Hollyrood’s two assistant psychologists Zoe and Sophie in interviewing candidates for the role. Darren prepared his own questions for candidates such as ‘why do you want to work at Hollyrood?’, and confidently joined in the interview with the support of house staff.

After the interviews, Zoe, Sophie, and Darren discussed the candidates, and all were in agreement over who to appoint.

Dr Sally Morgan, Clinical Psychologist said: "It is important to us to have service users involved in all aspects of their lives here so we wanted to make sure they had a say in who works with them. We were really impressed with Darren’s commitment to helping us to recruit and his views were invaluable in helping us to select the best possible candidate."