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PPI Project Officer (Ref: 2022-013)


PPI Project Officer based in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Specified Purpose Contract – 12 Months Fixed Term Contract full time working 37 hours per week, at Grade IV (2020 HSE Pay Scale)


Mental Health Ireland (MHI) is the longest established national mental health charity and a leader in mental health promotion and in supporting recovery. The inclusion of people with lived experience in their own mental health recovery and in the design and delivery of mental health services is a central value of MHI. Mental health was one of the areas which pioneered the concept of including people with lived experience in all aspects of research, moving beyond participating as research subjects to the co-design, oversight and conduct of research. This is called public and person/patient involvement or PPI. MHI is partnering with the Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Division (MHER) of the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the development of Person and Public Involvement (PPI) in mental health and other research nationally. We wish to recruit a Project Officer to support us in this work.

The Successful Candidate will:

Work with the Director of Policy and Research to develop a Person and Public Involvement (PPI) capacity nationally through awareness raising, training and building a national network of PPI contributors who are people with lived experience / family members / supporters.

Work with a range of stakeholders with a particular focus on coproduction and working with people with lived experience and family members/supporters.

  • Raise awareness of the role of PPI – what it is and what it can contribute to the research process in mental health and other research involving people with lived experience;
  • Co-produce and co-deliver training for people with lived experience / family members / supporters to become involved in PPI at all levels: from one-off consultations to becoming peer researchers;
  • Support the development of PPI ‘ambassadors’;
  • Identify, adapt, develop and deliver training for service providers and researchers on what PPI is and how to engage effectively;
  • Develop local networks of PPI contributors;
  • Work with academic partners to create higher level training opportunities for peer researchers;
  • Develop supportive governance structures and policies to ensure the work of this project is embedded and of high quality.


This position is a 12 month fixed term contract, the post based will be based in Mental Health Ireland Head Office. Please forward a CV and covering letter of application to

Interviews will be held on week begining 30th May 2022. Shortlisting will apply.

Closing date for applications is 19th May 2022 at 2pm. Applications received outside this time with not be considered.

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