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.

Addictions Division - Paid Service User and Carer Opportunities Talent Pod 2022/23

We are looking to expand the team of service users and carers who work with us on an ad hoc basis over the next year. The roles will vary, but could include recruitment, consultations, inspections and peer led activities supporting wellbeing and recovery from drug/alcohol use.

We will provide training to develop your skills and experience. Each role will have its own role description, plus you will be supported by relevant staff, including Talent Pod group supervision each quarter.

Recent feedback It was a great experience for me to see what you have to go through in an interview situation. I learnt a lot from it and would love to do it again if possible. I was made to feel welcome. I really believed that ... was the right one for the job. She had so much passion and I think she will bring a great energy. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience working with you. I really enjoyed it”. 


We are looking for applications from service users and carers with recent experience (within last 6 months) of Achieve, CBU or Homelessness services with lived experience of drug and/or alcohol problems.

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

More details are on the application form which can be completed here:

Pop in to one of the ‘drop-ins’ if you want to discuss this opportunity in more detail.

Poster:  Addictions Talent Pod poster.docx


Memory assessment training video volunteer

We are looking for a service user or family member who would like to be involved in developing a new memory assessment training video for staff working in older people’s mental health and dementia services.

If you’re a service user or family member and would like to be involved then we want to hear from you! No prior acting experience is necessary.

We are looking for expressions of interest from service users and carers aged 50 or above.

You would need to be comfortable with reading a script and speaking this aloud, taking direction from the director, and being filmed by a video crew. The video will be viewed by GMMH staff and possibly other NHS Trusts too.

Filming will take place at a venue in Greater Manchester (tbc) between January and March 2023 (date is negotiable). You will need to be able to get to the venue and stay for the whole day.

We will pay you for your time at a rate of £10 per hour, and reimburse your travel expenses at 56p per mile, or with a valid receipt for public transport.

The closing date for expressions of interest from anyone who wants to be involved is 5pm on Friday 6th January 2023.

For more information you can contact either: Dr Nathalie Whittle, Clinical Psychologist, Tel: 01204 483770 or Email: or Dr Louise Mahon, Clinical Psychologist, Tel: 0161 271 0766 or Email:

Recovery Academy Focus Group

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Recovery Academy are committed to continuously improving the services we offer to all our students. To support this, we need your help reviewing our service and exploring developments across our digital offer, face-to-face courses and overall user experience.

We are looking for a focus group of 5-8 people to help drive forward the development of Recovery Academy and the services we offer. Your ideas will make a positive contribution to ongoing development of resources which support recovery, and the Recovery Academy user experience.

If you are interested, please contact:  Pam Womack on 0161 358 1771 or email:  The closing date for expressions of interest is;  11 December 2022.

Recovery Academy Focus Group JD.pdf [pdf] 140KB

Recovery Academy Focus Group poster 21 11 22.pdf [pdf] 338KB

South Manchester Social Care Lead - Recruitment Panel Member

As a person with lived experience of Manchester services either as a member of the recovery community, service user or carer, we would like you to support continuous service improvement by helping us to recruit a South Manchester Social Care Lead.  Manchester has 3 Social Care Leads who work for GMMH.  They provide support to our services in their delivery of social care duties.  They will be a registered social worker with experience of working at a  senior level and will have good working knowledge of social care legislation.

We need to recruit people with lived experience and specific skills outlined, to complete this piece of work with us. You are eligible if you meet these conditions, it is separate from other volunteer work or employment.  

You will be paid £10.00 per hour, it is your responsibility to declare this if appropriate.

Please submit a statement of interest to It must include experience that demonstrates your ability to complete the main duties and responsibilities, and how you meet the requirements of the role.

Closing date Wednesday 14 December 2022 by 5pm.

If successful, you must be available to attend the interviews for a full day on Monday 19 December at Chorlton House, 70 Manchester Road, Chorlton cum Hardy, M21 7UN

We look forward to hearing from you.

More information:  Service User/Carer Recruitment Panel Member Role.docx

Smokefree Service User Representative

We are working in partnership with The Cure Project.

The Cure Project is a comprehensive tobacco dependency treatment service for patients that smoke and are admitted to hospitals across Greater Manchester.

Together we have reviewed the Trust Policy on becoming a Smoke Free Trust and we're looking for a Service User with lived experience to get involved.

If you have experience of being a service user throughout the implementation of becoming smoke free and would like to get involved in this process, please get in touch.

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

Please contact Sam Stansfield for more information regarding this role or to express your interest, via e-mail to:

Smoke Free Service User Representative [docx] 2MB

As a patient

As a service user, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Find resources for carers and service users  Contact the Trust