UCL are currently recruiting for a Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator. The Department of Health have commissioned a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit, run by a team lead from University College London and Kings College London. The involvement lead in the Unit is Dr Sarah Carr, based at Middlesex University.  The successful applicant duties will include organising a Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) of mental health service users and carers, making links with other Policy Research Unit advisors, user- and carer-led groups nationally, and contributing to writing up and publicising the work of the unit for a wide audience. The role is for 2 days a week for 5 years.

You can find out more, including the person specification and application form, here.


We are working with NIHR Mind Tech and the James Lind Alliance on setting priorities for future research on digital technology for mental health. Do you have questions about using digital technology for mental health problems? A second survey has opened to give people the opportunity to direct future research into digital technologies for mental health. We are interested in hearing from people with mental health problems, people who support/care for others with mental health problems and health and social care professionals.

Effective research can help improve care and treatment. To show which questions are the most important to you, complete the survey here.


Blooming Monday. The third Monday of January has become known as “Blue Monday”, the most depressing day of the year. This is, of course, rubbish. So on 15 January 2018 we at McPin will be supporting our friends at MHRUK in their bid to turn Blue Monday into Blooming Monday, by making our office as colourful as possible and raising some money for mental health research in the process. You can find out more and how to join in with Blooming Monday on MHRUK’s website.