Young Person Co-Researchers

The McPin Foundation

Type: Project-specific zero-hours contract
April 2020 – March 2021

Location: Home based plus travel around the UK

Salary: £14.10 per hour plus travel expenses

Hours: 2 days of training (29th & 30th April 2020 in Birmingham), plus approximately 2 days of research activity per month between May 2020 and March 2021. There will also be the opportunity to be involved in data analysis and sharing research findings at a later stage of the project.

Are you aged 18-24?

Are you looking to gain experience in mental health research and help to improve mental health services for young people?

This is an opportunity to join an ambitious and friendly team to support the Blueprint mental health research project. The Blueprint project is exploring services available to children and young people in England & Wales who are experiencing common mental health problems.  It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and run jointly by University of Manchester, Cardiff University and Great Manchester Mental Health NHS trust. The aim of the study is to identify ways to make these services more accessible and effective for those who wish to access them.

Under the supervision of a senior researcher, you will visit mental health services in England & Wales to work with University Researchers in carrying out interviews & focus groups with service users, parents/carers & service providers. There will also be the opportunity to be involved in data analysis and sharing the findings at a later stage of the project.  You will draw on your own experiences of mental health problems to inform the research as appropriate.

This post will be home-based and the post holder will be required to work remotely.  The post holder will need access to a computer and a reliable Internet connection.  Some travelling in England and Wales will be required, including occasional visits to our London office and to University of Manchester or Cardiff University.  All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

This is an opportunity for someone who is looking to gain experience in conducting mental health research but also to bring existing skills including writing and relationship building.  Candidates should demonstrate their ambition and willingness to develop in this post.  A good understanding of young people’s experiences of mental health problems, including services, is essential.

This post is open to applicants aged 18-24 only (occupational requirement as set out in the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, part 1). You will be supported by McPin’s core research and evaluation team based in our London office.

The closing date for applications is Monday 16th March at 9.00am.  Interviews will be held in London on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March.

To apply please download the application form

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