Patient & Public Involvement Project Officer

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

This is an exciting and varied role within a growing team working within health research in Greater Manchester. Vocal ( creates opportunities for people to find out about, and have a say in, health research. By bringing together patients, carers, artists, researchers, scientists and others to share their views, expertise and lived experiences, we deliver creative, innovative, award-winning programmes that enhance health and research. Based in Greater Manchester, we work locally, nationally and internationally to make a real difference. We are a not-for-profit organisation, hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with The University of Manchester.

We are part of the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (MBRC) and Manchester Clinical Research Facility (MCRF) .

Main duties of the job

  • To support development, delivery and evaluation of projects and events undertaken by Vocal
  • To support recruitment of patients and members of the public to take part in Vocal activities and projects
  • To work across all projects with a view to ensuring that under-represented patient and public audiences are engaged and involved with health research
  • To implement recruitment plans to ensure that under-represented patient and public audiences are engaged and involved with health research.
  • To support project planning by feeding into project plans, timelines and administrative tasks.
  • To support and deliver communications about activities and projects, including using social media channels to reach target audiences.
  • To help to organize events, meetings and activities for a range of patient and public groups.
  • To provide support specific to ongoing patient and public involvement groups Voice Up - A greater Manchester wide young people's research advisory group inputting and influencing NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility Research).
  • To support development of patient involvement and public engagement initiatives, by researching sector information and partners, identifying possible approaches and assessing opportunities and risks of options.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of £2.4bn and is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating the most exceptional integrated health and social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond, we champion collaborative working and transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We're proud to be one of the major academic research centres and education providers in England and Research and Innovation is the heart of all we do, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. We're also excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable and tackling climate change.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Join us and you'll work with some of the best people in the NHS, thriving in a Trust united in its values, purpose and commitment to our patients and a drive for continual innovation and improvement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To contribute to writing up reports and other outputs e.g. blogs and case studies from these initiatives for a range of audiences.
  • To present their work and the work of the Vocal as part of team presentations to a range of audiences e.g. patients and researchers
  • To research and provide information and ideas that will support the development of funding applications for future projects with patients, the public and researchers.
  • To support monitoring and evaluation of all activities, through a range of methods including eliciting feedback, designing questionnaires, making observations and establish learning from these events, contributing to the learning culture within the team.

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guidethat sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Educated to diploma or degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level of experience of working at a similar level in specialist area



  • Knowledge of project delivery and of involving and engaging patients and/or members of the public


  • Knowledge of biomedical, clinical or health related research.

Training & Experience


  • Experience of supporting the development, delivery and evaluation of projects that involve members of the public.
  • Experience of delivering activities and events that involve members of the public
  • Experience of researching information using a range of resources to support project development
  • Practical experience of using Word, Excel and databases in project delivery


  • Experience of working in a health research or scientific organisation
  • Experience of working in partnership with a range of organisations

Skills & abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with members of the public and colleagues
  • A demonstrable commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessibility
  • Excellent organisational and problem solving skills

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Nowgen Centre

29 Grafton Street


M13 9WU

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Annie Keane


Date posted

08 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£25,655 to £27,780 a year per annum


Fixed term


14 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Nowgen Centre

29 Grafton Street


M13 9WU

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