5 Jul 2023

The aim of the MHIN programme is to catalyse and evaluate the co-produced implementation of high impact, evidence-based mental health interventions, at key stages of the life course, including children and young people, supra-regionally or nationally.

The PPI Lead will bring a lived experience perspective of mental health challenges and understanding of the mental health research landscape to contribute to the research conducted by the programme.

The post-holder will work closely with the Project Leads, EDI Lead and with each of the programme’s workstreams to ensure that lived experience is embedded in the programme’s three projects which include:

Project 1: Improving access to mental health services for minority ethnic communities

Project 2: Children and young people’s mental health – parent-led Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Project 3: Integrated protocols for substance use, mental and physical health problems.

The post-holder will also work closely with the programme’s bespoke consortium of key cross-disciplinary members including clinicians, academics, experts by experience, carers, members of the public and community stakeholders in co-producing and delivering key aspects of the programme.

The programme strives to recruit members from all genders and backgrounds and recognises the importance of diversity. We particularly welcome applications from Black and minority ethnic candidates.

Key responsibilities 

Leading a PPI workstream, which will be central to the successful delivery of the NIHR ARC National Priorities Programme in Mental Health Implementation Network (MHIN).

  • Engaging with PPI representatives across all participating ARCs to ensure wide geographical, demographic, age, and condition specific coverage
  • Engaging with national and local PPI organisations to participate in governance and delivery of the MHIN
  • Organise PPI events and activities to support the workstreams
  • Ensure PPI involvement in developing accessible summaries.
  • Support increasing service user research capacity.
  • Ensure PPI meetings are convened at regular intervals.
  • Engaging with national and local PPI organisations.
  • Acting as a link between the programme’s PPI forum (which is part of a bespoke consortium) and all the other work streams.
  • Overseeing the work of the PPI coordinator and Peer Researcher.
  • Work with the wider MHIN team to produce frameworks relating to the governance and accountability of PPI within the programme of work.
  • Disseminating the work through presentations, reports and where appropriate collaborating on peer reviewed publications.
  • The post-holder must have excellent communication skills and ability to work well with experts by experience, members of the public, researchers, health and social care professionals and managers.


This role will currently be funded at a maximum of £13,000 pro-rata until the current programme end date: 31 March 2024. Hours of work including fte. to be discussed and agreed with candidate but will be in the region of four days per month (approximately £450 per day) for a 7-month period.

Find out more and apply

Find out more about the role and how to apply here

Closing date: 31 July 2023