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Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement

For our research to have a real impact on future NHS mental healthcare, we need the involvement and insight of patients, service users, carers, family members and the wider public.

In M-RIC, we have a dedicated team who bring together service users, members of the public, researchers and healthcare professionals with the aim of improving the outcomes of our research.

Why is PPIE important in mental health research?

We aim to equally involve service users, carers, members of the public, mental health professionals and researchers.  Our local communities will therefore have a voice so they can shape and inform our plans.

Service users can provide invaluable support to our research by sharing their lived experience and insight and looking at our research plans through a different lens. This is vital to help widen the perspective of our mental health researchers and clinicians.

Patients, service users, carers and family members bring real-world and practical experiences that can ground discussions and shed light on crucial aspects. They can raise seemingly simple yet essential questions and offer insights based on their personal experiences as users of mental health services.

If you are interested in getting involved as a service user, carer or family member, you do not need any specific expert knowledge, but we will welcome your passion for improving mental health services for everyone.

How can you get involved?

To get involved, you don’t need any medical experience or specialist knowledge. All you need is an interest in mental health research, some time to spare, and a willingness to share your thoughts and experiences with us.

We are currently recruiting up to 10 Service User Representatives to support our research. Find out more about this exciting opportunity by reading the role advert.

Watch a video of our Lead Service User Representative Don Bryant discussing how M-RIC is involving service users



Find out more about PPIE

Find a range of useful resources about PPIE on the National Institute for Health and Care Research website.

Latest news on our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement activity

Prof Dan Joyce at the Mood Disorders consultation eventConsultation event – improving services and treatment for people with mood disorders

On 12 January, service users and carers attended an event at The Life Rooms Bootle. They shared their different experiences and insights to help us shape the design of a new, dedicated mood disorders service for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The event was attended by 15 service users and carers with lived experience of mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorders, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and dysthymia. It is the first of a series of consultations with different stakeholders that will take place.

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