Help improve services for people with mental illness in Lancashire

Do you?
  • Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder?
  • Support or care for a friend or family member who does?
Are you?
  • Interested in contributing to new research on mentalhealth support services?
  • Living in Lancashire?
Help improve services for people with mental illness.  Opportunities available in Lancashire!
The problem? 
Many people diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder only use GP services for their mental health support. In future this will also probably increase as secondary services are streamlined. Some GPs are very good at supporting people with mental illnesses, but others are less so. Some people under GP-led mental health care don’t get good support, or make much progress with either their mental or physical health problems.
Can the PARTNERS2 Research Programme develop a solution?
This new research programme aims to develop better ways of supporting people with severe mental illness within GP practices. A new system could offer services to enable people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to lead longer, healthier and more satisfying lives.
How can you help? 
We are recruiting people who have personal experience of living with diagnoses of bipolar or schizophrenia (as service users or carers), and are interested in how mental health research is done, to form three local Lived Experience Advisory Panels. The Panels will work with university and service user researchers over the next four years to develop and test a better way of supporting people with severe mental illness . Panel members will share their experience and understanding to make the research more useful for people who need support to live with these diagnoses. Payment, training and support will be available.
If you want to find out more about joining the Panel, or what the work would involve, Ruth Sayers ( PIiR Coordinator for PARTNERS2) would like to hear from you.
Please email for further information and about how to apply.
Closing date: applications by 9th October for selection on 21st October.