Ethnic inequalities - People with Mental Disorder - COVID-19 pandemic

Ethnic inequalities in mortality and service use in people with mental disorders and multi-morbidities during the COVID pandemic

In partnership with Global Black Thrive

Would you like to help us? We want to better understand the experience of people living with the above conditions and how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

If yes, you can be involved in this study if you are of:

Black African, Black Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi descent, living with a serious mental health condition and one or more long-term physical health conditions.


Caring for someone of Black African, Black Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi descent, living with a serious mental health condition and one or more long-term physical health conditions.

If so: You can help us to better understand the experience of people living with these conditions and how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

We will pay you £20 for your interview or a shopping voucher

  • We would like to talk to people aged 18 and over who have experiences of using health and care services during this time.
  • We would like to carry out an interview with you over the telephone or via online video.
  • The interview will be conducted by researchers who have lived experience of mental health services and will last up to one hour.
  • All information will be kept strictly confidential

If you would like to take part, please email

Ethics approval has been obtained to conduct this study. Ethical Clearance Reference Number: HR/DP-20/21-21567

COV-EIMM-Carer-info-sheet-V2-11-06-21.docx [docx] 78KB

COV-EIMM-SU-flyer-V3-11-06-21.docx [docx] 2MB


Roles for service users and carers

We are committed to working and engaging with service users, patients, family, friends, carers and the public in a wide range of ways.

Ensuring that people’s views are heard at all levels and across all parts of the Trust is essential for creating and delivering better health and care services.

Service users and people who look after someone can get involved in the following ways:

  • Providing your views as a representative at a service improvement meeting or working group.
  • Getting involved in the recruitment and selection process of staff.
  • Helping inspect our buildings for the purposes of audit or PLACE Inspection (Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment).
  • Co-deliver our training (as part of the Trust induction or as a Course Tutor for our Recovery Academy)
  • Speaking at an event
  • Contributing to the development of policies or reviewing information
  • And many more.

You will be paid for your time. The rate of pay is £10 per hour. Payment for mileage will be reimbursed at the same rate as our staff who use their own vehicle for business mileage (currently 56p per mile).

When a vacancy is advertised, we are looking for applications from lots of people who have used GMMH’s services, particularly in the last six months, as well as their carers and families.

There may also be occasions when someone with experience of our services over six months ago, either directly themselves, or indirectly as a family member/carer, can apply for a role.

Current opportunities are listed on this page, below, and/or advertised by flyers and on noticeboards in the services where roles are available.

Reducing Falls Quality Improvement Programme

If you are a service user or carer and would like to provide your views to help us with our Reducing Falls Programme, we want to hear from you!

Reducing Falls is a key priority for GMMH aiming at improving patient experience and reducing the likelihood of harm, pain and injury resulting from falls.

If you or someone you care about has been affected by a fall and would like to share your views to shape our improvement work, we would like to hear from you!

You will be asked to join our monthly Reducing Falls meetings (1 hour) and our half day Learning Session Sets that take place every 3-4 months.

You will be paid for your time and we will cover any expenses. The rate of pay is £10 per hour.

Deadline for expressions of interest is 30th June.

For more information and expressions of interest please email

We look forward to hearing from you!

Poster:  Poster for Service User-Carer recruitment on Reducing Falls.docx

Manchester Psychological Service User Movement (MPSUM) Group.

Have you had experience of the Manchester Psychological Therapies service in the last 12 months?

Are you interested in sharing your experience and helping to develop Manchester Psychological services?

We are looking for expressions of interest from people within the Manchester area who are interested in becoming part of the Manchester Psychological Service User Movement (MPSUM) Group.

The role will involve attending service improvement meetings every two months to gain a wider view from within our community.

The group will be meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams, with a view to moving to face to face meetings in the future, dependent on Covid restrictions. Travel expenses will be reimbursed to group members.

If you would like to express your interest in getting involved or have any questions please contact;

Louise Davies or Laura Perkin Tel: 0161 271 0656


We look forward to hearing from you!