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.

Dragons Den Panel member

GMMH Dragon’s Den is the exciting initiative, which gives staff the opportunity to seek funding for quality improvement projects that will support the achievement of the six Trust Quality Account priorities. Click below to download the poster with details of the project and how to apply.
Dragon's Den Longlisting Panel Member.docx [docx] 2MB
Deadline for submission is 16th Wednesday May


If you are passionate about the NHS, looking for a new challenge and the chance to learn new skills we want to hear from you!

Carer Representative for Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Meetings

We are currently seeking applications from carers to attend SLT meetings for the inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) service.

You will support decision-making and service developments by representing the views of carers at meetings or events. The role would be for a period of up to 6 months.

We are looking for applications from current carers or carers of service users discharged within the last 6 months from either J17 or the Gardener Unit.

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

To put forward an expression of interest please contact Justine Mason by email on or telephone 0161 358 0617.


Carer Representative for SLT meetings - Role Description [pdf] 200KB

Co-facilitator for Service User and Carer Forum

The Meadowbrook Unit in Salford is currently seeking applications from service users and carers to co-facilitate and support the Service User and Carer Forum, a monthly, hour-long meeting on the inpatient unit. We are looking to appoint one Service User Representative and one Carer Representative to co-facilitate this meeting with the Matron, Rebecca.

We are planning a launch event for the 12 June 2018 as part of our carer’s week activities on the unit, and we would like the  representatives appointed to join us for this event as well.

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

We are looking for applications from service users and carers who have experience of receiving care on an inpatient ward / cared for someone who has received care on an inpatient ward.

Discussions will be had with the service user representative and carer representative appointed to support this forum in relation to the agenda and to the dates/times of the forum.

The purpose of the forum is to give service users and carers an opportunity to come along, give feedback and to be involved in shaping the unit to improve the experiences of service users and carers.


To apply, please get in contact with us to let us know why you would like to take part (expression of interest).

If you have any questions/ wish to discuss the role further or to submit your expression of interest please contact Rebecca Billington, Senior Manager/Matron, by email: or phone: 0161 358 2161.

Alternatively, you can express your interest in hard copy by writing to:

Rebecca Billington
Senior Manager/Matron
Meadowbrook Unit
Stott Lane
M6 8HG

SU and Carer Forum Co Facilitator - Role Description.pdf [pdf] 202KB

The closing date for expressions of interest from people applying for this role is  5pm on Thursday 31 May 2018.  

We look forward to hearing from you!

Peer Mentor, Meadowbrook Unit in Salford

Meadowbrook Unit in Salford are currently seeking applications from service users and carers to join our team as peer mentors. Meadowbrook Unit has four inpatient wards and provides 24 hour care within a therapeutic environment for female and male service users aged 18 and over.

It is part of the national NHS Five Year Forward Plan to integrate people with lived experience of mental health difficulties themselves into the workforce. Our service users tell us that they would welcome support from someone who has experience of what they are going through in order to help them in their recovery journey.

What will I do as a peer mentor?

  • Use your own lived experience of mental health difficulties and working with our teams in your own recovery, to enrich your relationship with service users and mentor them
  • Respect individual’s rights to choose the interventions that will help and support them in their own recovery journey
  • Support people in these interventions which may be individual or group based and can include psychological interventions and/or practical interventions such as accessing education, training, employment and leisure activities.
  • Comply with all Trust policies and procedures particularly in relation to safeguarding and information sharing
  • Work as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team and receive and share information within that team in order to safeguard individuals and support them to work towards their goals

This role is unpaid, but we will refund all travel expenses for training and volunteering in line with Trust policy.

The 'Step Up to Mentoring' course will run from 16 July - 20 August (two hours per week for six weeks, on Mondays at The Curve, Prestwich, M25 3BL)

Those who complete the course and can commit to the volunteer role will be required to attend Level 2 Award, which will run from 31 August - 28 September (one full day each week for five weeks, at The Curve, Prestwich, M25 3BL).

If you have any questions, wish to discuss the role further, or wish to submit your expression of interest, please call Matron Rebecca Billington on 0161 358 2161 or email

The closing date for expressions of interest is Sunday 10 June 2018.

Meadowbrook Volunteer Peer Mentor Role Description.pdf [pdf] 501KB

Peer Mentor Information Leaflet.pdf [pdf] 604KB

Roles and opportunities for service users and carers Leaflet

If you're looking for a brief overview of the roles and opportunities available for service users and carers - then why not download or print off our leaflet?

GMMH_trifold-leaflet.pdf [pdf] 1MB