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


PLACE Inspector

PLACE (Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment) Inspector

We are looking for individuals to help us form a trust wide PLACE inspection team.  Throughout the year the PLACE inspection team will visit all of our inpatient wards at Prestwich, Manchester, Bolton, Salford, Trafford, and Wigan, making sure that Greater Manchester Mental Health is providing the best environments for its service users.  The team looks at a variety of standards such as: cleanliness, quality of the food, privacy and dignity, the buildings general condition and maintenance & how the environment supports the care of those with dementia.

We are looking for applications from service users and carers with recent experience of mental health wards.

We will be providing PLACE inspection training prior to you starting and ongoing 1:1 support.

Our Inspectors are paid for their time; the rate of pay is £10.00 per hour. We will reimburse all public travel expenses or mileage costs if using your own car.

For more information

Tel: 0161 358 0833 / 07917 232302
Alternatively, email:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Poster:  PLACE Assessor Poster.pdf

Recovery Academy Co-Facilitators of Training Sessions

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on people's lives? Do you have lived experience of mental health or addiction? The Recovery Academy is looking for dedicated individuals like you.

As an “expert by experience”, you will play a vital role in creating a safe and collaborative environment on our courses. Drawing upon your lived experience to connect with students and share your insights, you will work alongside a member of the Recovery Academy team to contribute towards developing and delivering training sessions.

Courses you could support with:

  • Understanding & Managing Social Anxiety Experience & Recovery
  • Introduction to CBT Informed Practice
  • Coaching Skills for Recovery
  • Overcoming Sleep Problems
  • Understanding Anger & Aggression
  • Understanding & Managing OCD
  • Understanding and Managing Self-Harm Behaviours

How to Apply:

Interested? Then we would love to hear from you! Please email us and let us know which topic you have the relevant lived experience of and why you’d like to join our team; we will then arrange a call to explore this with you further. You can also express you’re interested by contacting us via phone.

Application Deadline: 31st December 2023


Telephone: 0161 358 1771

Service User/Carer Engagement Event Representatives

We are looking for people with lived experience of, or a carer for someone with lived experience of accessing Urgent Care, Community and Inpatient Mental Health Services at GMMH to help us update the Clinical Risk Assessment Form. 

What are we looking for?

Anyone who has accessed/ currently receiving support from any GMMH Services or supporting someone else who has accessed/ currently receiving support from GMMH.

What is the commitment?

To attend a Workshop taking place at Seminar Room 4, The Curve, Prestwich Hospital, M25 3BL on: Wednesday, 13th December, 2:00pm-3:30pm

If you would like to attend, please contact Luana Johnson:

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