One of our four big ambitions is that people with lived experience shape every decision.
We want our services to be the best they can be for everyone who uses them and the feedback, views and experiences of our services users, along with their families and carers, can help us develop, deliver and improve them.
We want you to get involved in shaping what we do and there are various opportunities to do so, such as:
We offer training and support as well as any agreed out of pocket expenses.
View our volunteering opportunities.
Role: Advancing Mental Health Equalities Board lived experience member
Location: Online (can include attendance at a Trust site to use computer equipment)
Time required: 4 hours every 2 months (24 hours per year)
Length of appointment: Up to 3 years, to be agreed with participants
Payment: £10 per hour, in addition to any agreed expenses
Information about the
We are part of a national piece of work called advancing mental health equalities. We want to understand what inequalities our diverse communities face and put in place meaningful actions to reduce these. This will mean we will be proactively working with our population, listening to their experiences and recognising what we can do as an organisation to make change.
We would like lived experience members (current or past service users, carers and those who have experience mental illness but may not have sought care from us) to provide critical challenge of a critical friend to our thinking, their own insight to support the aims of the work and to do this by:
Experience, knowledge and skills we are looking for
We would like lived experience members from diverse communities who may feel their views and needs are under-represented in the provision of mental health services. For example, this could be people:
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list and the head of equality, diversity and inclusion would be happy to discuss anyone’s circumstances and suitability for the role with them.
In addition, we would like people who have current or recent (within last 3 years) experience of mental illness, or caring for someone with mental illness.
We will support lived experience members to participate and develop their role and will ask that they:
Lived experience members will be provided with an induction and any relevant ongoing developmental support that may be identified by the participants or project lead.
We know meetings may not suit how lived experience members would be most comfortable participating and we will be flexible. If preferred, as an alternative to attending the meetings, we will work with people outside the meeting to get input into the agenda items. The flexibility can extend to any element of the engagement to make sure it feels comfortable.
The project will last up to 3 years; however, there would be no need to commit for that period of time. We would only ask that the participants keep us updated so that if they want to end their participation, we can arrange a replacement.
Support in the role
This will be provided by our head of equality, diversity and inclusion. It will include
For more information about this role, please contact:
Amraze Khan (He/Him)
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Mobile: 07517 581711
Workforce and OD Directorate
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
225 Old Street,
Are you a relative or friend of someone using our services who has mental health and/or learning difficulties, and do you want to influence how services are delivered and developed? If so, please contact us to learn about our Triangle of Care meetings that take place across our trust.
We hold regular meetings attended by carers and staff to plan and review our progress in meeting the national Traingle of Care standards which are:
Please contact us on 0161 716 3178 or email@example.com for more information.
Read more about the Triangle of Care
Role: Expert by experience member
Meeting: Trust-wide personality disorder steering group
Location: Virtual or face to face
Time required: 2 hours every 2 months plus up to 2 hours reading time and 15 mins pre and post meeting briefing
Payment: £10 per hour
Length of appointment: 18 momths
About the steering group
The personality disorder steering group will aim to support the development and running of services for people with complex emotional and relational needs and/or a diagnosis of personality disorder across the trust.
Main purpose of the role
As a member of the steering group it is hoped that you will actively contribute and engage with other steering group members to help improve our services and the experiences of people with complex emotional and relational difficulties who use our services as set out in the terms of reference.
Dr Jayne Taylor, Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist – Adults.
Healthy Minds (Thinking Ahead in Rochdale) are our talking therapy services and we want to make them the best possible. You might also hear them called 'improving access to psychological therapy' (IAPT) services. Their aim is to help people with anxiety and depression reclaim their lives and recover from their emotional difficulties.
We're looking for people (and those close to them) from all backgrounds, identities and groups, who have used the service, to join our new patient council.
We are currently recruiting to increase the diversity of the council membership.
Role: IAPT patient council member
Location: Virtual/in person/hybrid
Time required: 90 minutes for bi-monthly (every two months) meeting
Length of appointment: 24 months
Payment: Payment will be made at £10 per hour plus agreed out of pocket expenses
Information about the patient council
The council’s purpose is to influence decisions regarding the planning, development and delivery of IAPT services by:
You can review the role outline here
To apply to become a member of the patient council, please complete this expression of interest form and return it to the involvement team using the email address below.
For more information about the role, please contact the involvement team on 0161 716 3178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Blackwell, a carer from Stockport has been involved with Pennine Care for 10 years. In the video below, Sally explains how and why she got involved:
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