Call for applications from mental health service users and carers: involvement in a Lived Experience Working Group for a new Mental Health 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.

We 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.

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

Completed applications should be returned to:

Brynmor Lloyd-Evans, Deputy Director – Mental Health PRU

Email: dop.pru@ucl.ac.uk


For an informal discussion or more information about applying to join the working group, please contact the PRU researcher:

Syeda Akther

Tel: 020 3108 6670 syeda.akther.16@ucl.ac.uk

or the PRU Deputy Director:

Brynmor Lloyd-Evans

Tel: 020 7679 9428


The closing date for applications is: Midnight on Sunday 25th February 2018

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th March 2018