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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Call (UK): Mental Health Service Users & Carers - Lived Experience Working Group for new MH Policy Research Unit

The Department of Health has set up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit (PRU), run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This Unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.

The PRU are offering paid involvement to up to 12 people with personal experience of using mental health services, or caring for friends or family members who have used services, through joining a Lived Experience Working Group for the PRU. Working group members will attend regular meetings, and use their first-hand knowledge of mental distress and mental health service use to help guide the work of the Unit. Involvement will be offered as and when required: this is likely to approximate to one day’s involvement per month.

Applicants will need some previous experience of contributing to research or mental health service development, as well as personal experience of using services or supporting a friend or family member who uses services.

You can find further information and documents here: 

With many thanks and best wishes,


Dr Sarah Carr FRSA
Associate Professor of Mental Health (Research),
Middlesex University
Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine
The Burroughs
London NW4 4BT