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We are seeking four new patient and public involvement advisors to join our advisory board for an initial two-year term.

The Institute of Mental Health is committed to putting patient and public involvement (PPI) at the heart of all its research.

A new advisory board has been established to:

  • Support the contribution of patient and public involvement (PPI) across the Institute.
  • Advise the Board and Director on objectives, plans and progress in relation to PPI.
  • Advise on strategic direction and operational actions to help the Institute of Mental Health establish consistent, meaningful PPI across the whole range of its activities.
  • Seek out, identify and promote innovative approaches and best practice in PPI.
  • Monitor and review the Institute’s performance in relation to PPI, report on barriers to progress and identify opportunities for development.
  • Optimise the contribution and impact of PPI within the Institute, as well as local, national and international communities.

We are looking to recruit four new advisors to our new PPI advisory board. Our advisory group need to understand wide range of research activities undertaken across the Institute, so applicants with prior involvement/experience will be welcomed alongside new applicants. 

We are looking for applicants who can bring their own mental health lived experience, connections to wider networks of experts by experience or community links.

It would be desirable for applicants to be aware of innovative PPI practices used in research, teaching and governance.

Much of the advisory group’s work will involve discussing the contents of documents, so PPI advisors will need written and verbal communication skills.

Our PPI advisors will need to be able to attend a two-hour meeting, four times a year. In addition, you will need to prepare for meetings by reading papers sent out in advance.

The new positions start at the first advisory board meeting in April 2019 and members will serve an initial two-year term with the potential for extension.

Receipted expenses for public transport will be offered, as well as a participation payment of £45 per meeting. By prior arrangement, essential carer costs or other additional costs can be covered to remove barriers to participation. (Payments are normally made by BACS within a month of the completed claim form being received.)

Our advisory group will be supported by the Institute's PPI Co-ordinator, alongside the Institute's Leadership Team. Full terms of reference for the Instiute's advisory board are available to read by clicking on the PDF below:

pdfInstitute of Mental Health - PPI Advisory Board terms of reference

To express your interest in this role please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a short explanation of why you are interested in this role, or alternatively call 0115 7484300 for an informal chat. Please make all expressions of interest by Friday 21st December 2018.