Centre for Mental Health is setting up a new Commission for Equality in Mental Health. We are seeking a chair and members to help us to investigate inequalities in mental health and identify workable policy and practice solutions to reduce them. We are looking for people with personal and professional experience of inequalities in mental health to be members of the Commission.

The Commission will be led and managed by Centre for Mental Health, and funded by the Elliott Simmons Charitable Trust. It will investigate a range of inequalities in mental health and will produce a series of briefing papers exploring specific inequalities, what is known about their causes and how they might be reduced or eradicated. It will explore why so many of the biggest inequalities in mental health have been so intractable for such a long time despite being widely acknowledged.

Members of the Commission will work with us to agree the areas we will focus on in our investigations, to advise our research team as it explores the evidence and seeks solutions, to help us to develop policy proposals based on the evidence we collect, and to support us to communicate the findings and recommendations as they are developed.

Members will have either personal or professional experience of one or more inequalities in mental health. As the Commission will explore a wide range of inequalities we are seeking members with a diversity of experience and knowledge. We want Commission members who will work with our team to build a body of evidence relating to inequalities in mental health and to think beyond the boundaries of existing policy and practice.

The Commission will begin work in July 2018 and complete in late 2019. Commission members will not be expected to carry out research themselves. We anticipate that members of the Commission will need to commit an average of one day a month, and the chair about 2-3 days a month. Membership of the Commission will not be a salaried role but reasonable expenses will be paid where required and members who are not currently in paid roles will receive payment for their time.

Download the role description and person specification PDF (53KB) 

To apply to be a member of the Commission, please send a CV and a covering letter explaining why you wish to be a Commission member to [email protected]. Applications need to be submitted by 9am on 23 April 2018.

If you are interested in becoming a Commission member and would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact Andy Bell at [email protected].