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We want to transform the mental health research sector by putting lived experience at its heart, and we’re often on the lookout for like-minded people to join us in our mission.

Peer Researcher & Involvement Officer

Interested in working on psychosis focused research that champions lived experience? Got experience of research methods and involvement in research?

Peer Researcher and Public Involvement Officer

The successful candidate will be working primarily on projects focused on psychosis. The first one is a study using evidence-based co-design to explore ethnicity, psychosis and multi-morbidity, using Photovoice and narrative interviews.  The other is a biomedical trial of Immune mechanisms related to psychosis.

It is essential that the post holder upholds the values of the organisation. We encourage people with direct experience of mental health issues to work for us, particularly psychosis for this role, sharing their skills as an ‘expert be experience.’

We strongly encourage applications from Black people, People of Colour, people who are LGBTQIA+, those with a disability and those who identify themselves in marginalised groups, as well as people with lived experience of mental health issues.

The person in this role will be excellent at engaging others through research and have sound understanding of research principles. They will have a good understanding of mental health and the impact of mental health issues on people’s lives, and specifically psychosis for this role. They will also be passionate about working to address inequalities, especially those related to mental health and ethnicity.

Interested in finding out more?

The post is full time. We offer benefits including hybrid working, a NEST Pension scheme with 6% employer contribution, wellbeing support and mentoring scheme and an Employee Assistance Programme with Health Assured.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 15th September 2023, 5pm.

We plan to hold interviews on Friday 22nd September.


Why work at McPin

Here are just a few reasons to join the team.

  • Pension scheme with NEST with an employer contribution of 6%, and a choice of funds including an ethical and Sharia fund

  • A longstanding organisational commitment to wellbeing at work  
  • Mentoring scheme 
  • Employee Assistance Programme, including 24/7 helpline and up to eight counselling sessions if needed 
  • Sick pay commensurate with length of service, up to 16 weeks full pay and 16 weeks half pay after five years 
  • Access to external advice and support through Occupational Health and Access to Work 
  • Specsavers eye test vouchers 
  • Annual employee wellbeing survey (but feedback is welcome anytime) 

  • Induction programme with introduction to our mission and values, as well as the McPin team. Programme also includes training courses in safeguarding and lived experience at work 
  • Individual training budget for all core staff, which can be spent on courses, webinars, workshops, conferences or other training opportunities relevant to you 
  • Access to McPin internal training sessions and external speakers programme 
  • Social groups including presentation club, book club and a meditation group 

  • Annual leave of 25 days plus bank holidays, with extra days given in your third, fourth and fifth year, up to a maximum of 28 days plus bank holidays 
  • Hybrid working as standard, with our office near London Bridge / Borough available with bookable meeting room allowance 
  • Flexible working options with ability to set working hours that suit you around our core hours of 10am-4pm 
  • Ability to apply for sabbatical/extended leave after two years with us 

Disability confident

The McPin Foundation has signed up to Disability Confident Scheme. As a Disability Confident Committed employer, we have committed to ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible. We offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required and support any existing employee who acquires a disability or longterm health condition, enabling them to stay in work. 

Disability Confident Logo, with the 'committed' stamp at the bottom

Nothing catch your eye?

You can still contribute to mental health research – just visit our Get Involved page to check out our lived experience involvement and participation opportunities. No research experience needed!