M-IRC public advisor group

Make a difference as a Service User Representative


Please note the closing date for this recruitment opportunity was 5 February 2024.


Have you or a family member used mental health services provided by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust? By applying to become a Service User Representative, your voice could help shape our research so we can improve future care and treatment.

We are currently recruiting up to 10 Service User Representatives to support our research at the Mental Health Research for Innovation Centre (M-RIC).

M-RIC is a partnership between Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Liverpool. It brings together healthcare staff, researchers, service users and industry to develop and evaluate new mental health treatments and deliver more innovative services.

Service User Representatives will provide invaluable support by sharing their experience and insight and looking at our research plans through a different lens. They will help widen the perspective of our mental health researchers and clinicians.

Service user representatives will be expected to attend regular meetings as a core part of the research team. They will take part in planning, discussions, engagement and decision making.

We want to encourage people from a wide range of ages, communities and backgrounds to get involved in our research. We especially encourage participation from individuals from diverse communities, as they understand the challenges different groups face when accessing healthcare services.

No previous experience of research is needed to get involved. You just need some time to spare and the drive and enthusiasm to make a difference and help improve mental health treatments and services.

Service user representatives will be compensated for their time in line with National Institute for Health and Care Research guidance and they will receive appropriate training and support.