Current opportunities to get involved

Lived experience partners needed to work with the National Community Children and Young People’s Mental Health Team

The national Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) Team at NHS England and Improvement are recruiting four national lived experience partners to work with the team to improve NHS funded CYPMH mental health services.

This is a new role and an exciting opportunity to work with a friendly team who are committed to improving community CYPMH and shape how the CYPMH team co-produce work and engage with experts by experience. We are looking for:

  • 2 young people aged 18-25 who experienced mental health problems as a child and/or young person
  • 2 parents or carers who’s children experienced poor mental health before they turned 18

The CYPMH team are responsible for setting the strategic direction and driving improvements for the Community CYPMH pathway.

You will have a key role in shaping national CYPMH policy, championing engagement and representing lived experience voice in meetings and events. Candidates should demonstrate:

  1. Ability to use reflections of personal experiences of poor mental health as a child or young person, or as a parent or carer of a child or young person with mental health difficulties
  2. awareness of, and commitment to, equality, diversity and inclusion
  3. A creative, collaborate and flexible approach to working with us

These roles require approximately four hours a week for 6 – 12 months, and as ‘Role 4’ positions they attract involvement fees of £75 for 4 hours, plus expenses.

More information about these roles can be found in the role description pack  and details about payments can be found here.

For more information about the role contact Jessica and Ellie on

The deadline for applications is Sunday 17 July and interviews will be held on 9, 10 and 11 August.

Please ensure you complete the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and email  before the closing date.



Patients and carers wanted for an online workshop on diagnosing urinary tract infection (UTI)

The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer in the Medical Directorate at NHS England and NHS Improvement is working on how improvements could be made to diagnosing urinary tract infections.

An online workshop is taking place on Wednesday 20 July 2022, from 9.15 am – 3 pm. We really want to have patients and carers attend the workshop who have experience with urinary tract infections. The day will involve online breakout groups. Prior to the workshop, we will hold an online briefing session to answer any questions you may have and make sure you are comfortable using online engagement tools. We really want to know what you think and find out from your experience how we can improve our ways of working with you.

If you would like to take part or if you want to find out further information, please contact Zoe Clarke by email: by Friday 8 July, thank you



Patient and public voice (PPV) expert advisers are needed for the Pelvic Floor Health Programme

We are seeking an individual with lived experience of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), pelvic organ/ rectal prolapse (POP) SUI, or have had a pelvic mesh implant or rectopexy before the national pause in 2019.

We currently have one vacancy available to join the Pelvic Floor Registry Subgroup, feeding into the national Pelvic Floor Oversight Group. Experience of SUI, POP or rectal prolapse is essential.

The Subgroup’s responsibility is to provide input to the design and development of NHS Digital commissioned data solution to monitor the quality and performance of pelvic floor surgical interventions.

Commitment is six days per year flexibly, aside from scheduled meetings.

Under our PPV policy, this Expert Advisor Role (Level 4) receives an involvement payment of £150 per day, out of pocket expenses for travel and childcare.  The role is to 31 December 2022 and will be reviewed thereafter.

For more information and to request an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form, please contact:

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Wednesday 6 July 2022, with interviews to be held in July/early August via Microsoft Teams.


Patient and public voice (PPV) partner needed for the System User Insight Advisory Group

The System Intelligence team is looking for someone who is interested in representing and advocating for people living with health conditions and their carers to join our System User Insight Advisory Group.

The Group provide support and advice on how best to promote and grow the effective use of insight into people’s experiences of integrated care.

We value the power of diversity and embrace the different perspectives that each of us brings. It is important that the PPV partners within the group reflect and represent our diverse population. We aim for System User Insight Advisory Group membership to include a varied range of lived experiences and perspectives, and people from different communities – especially ones which often face barriers and inequalities in healthcare. We are particularly encouraging people from ethnic minority communities and women to apply.

Ideally, you will:

  • Have lived experience as someone living with frailty or a long-term health condition who uses multiple health and care services or of transitioning between different health and care services.
  • Be willing to critically engage and offer challenges, displaying sound judgement and objectivity.
  • Be happy to work collaboratively and commit to regular attendance of meetings (every two months for two hours on Microsoft Teams).

Rates for PPV partners will be £75 per half-day (four hours or less), including any travel and preparation time. All out-of-pocket expenses will also be covered.

To apply, please download an information pack, complete the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and submit it to  by Friday 1 July.

If you would like more information or have any questions about the role please contact or telephone 07783817269.

Interview dates are to be arranged for the week starting 11 July 2022.


PPV partner needed for the Net Zero Anaesthetic Medicines Working Group

NHS England and NHS Improvement are looking to recruit one enthusiastic individual who is committed to supporting the net-zero anaesthetic medicines agenda as a patient and public voice (PPV) partner.

In its Net Zero Strategy, published in October 2020, the NHS set out a vision to become the world’s first net-zero carbon health service and respond to climate change, improving health now and for future generations. Medicines, including anaesthetic medicines, contribute to NHS carbon emissions.

The Net Zero Anaesthetic Medicines Working Group (AMWG) brings together clinicians, policy leads, and patient and public voice partners to advise us on the best ways of delivering safe and effective anaesthetic care, whilst reducing the environmental impact of the medicines involved.

AMWG members are invited to bring relevant lived experience as a patient or carer and an understanding of the needs of the wider patient group and the general public.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to bring your experience and skills to make sure that people and communities are involved in decision-making around the future of anaesthetic medicines. The role involves sitting at regular meetings of the group (every 2 months), contributing to discussions and reading papers prior to each meeting.

Skills and experience desirable for this role:

  • Having an awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Able to work creatively to solve problems
  • Work well in a team
  • Be able to challenge people’s ideas constructively
  • Display sound judgement
  • Experience working with inclusion health populations and/or healthcare organisations

If you would like more information or have any questions about the role please contact Victoria Tozer-Brown at or by telephone: 07880356932.

These roles are ‘Role 3’ positions meaning you can claim reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.

More information about the role can be found in the information pack. Please contact us for the information pack, application form and equal opportunities monitoring form.

The deadline to send your application is 30 June 2022.


Lived Experience Partners to join Advisory Group for people living with diabetes

We are looking to work with a number of enthusiastic individuals in a paid partner position.  The position is with an Advisory Group to support the development of a national project about experiences of living with diabetes.

The Group will bring together equal numbers of lived experience partners, healthcare professionals and public health staff to:

  • Advise on how to make sure the programme puts the perspective of the people who use our services first.
  • Develop and contribute to the programme’s plans for carrying out the work.
  • Provide suggestions and recommendations on how the results of the work can be turned into actions, which will improve people’s experiences of services.

As a member you will bring your views, lived experience and perspective to the Group.

This role is important in championing the views of:

  • people who use our services
  • people with diabetes and their carers/families’ views

The only experience needed is living with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, or being a carer or family member of an adult living with diabetes. We want to make sure we are hearing from people with lots of different health care experiences, so welcome applications from everyone to who this applies to.

These roles are ‘Role 4’ positions meaning you can claim involvement fees. Rates for partners will be £75 per half-day (four hours or less), including travel and preparation time. All out-of-pocket expenses will also be covered.  More information can be found in the information pack and the Patient and Public Voices Partner Expenses and Involvement Payments Policy.

To apply

Please complete and return the application pack by email to:

For more information or if you need support to apply, contact Arron Sandhu at:

Application closing date: 9 am Monday 27 June 2022

Online interviews: week commencing 4 July 2022

Please include in your application form if you have any accessibility needs so that we may support you to attend the interview.