POST: Co-production Project Manager

HOURS: Part time (28 hours per week, worked flexibly)

TERM: Fixed term contract of 6 months – immediate start available

SALARY:  £28,000-30,000 per annum full time equivalent; £21, 778 – £23, 333 per annum (actual for the part time role)

LOCATION: Homebased in the Surrey area with frequent travel within Surrey.   

CLOSING DATE: Friday 1st October 2021 at 12.00 noon

We are on the hunt for an innovative, highly organised project manager to lead an exciting collaborative co-production project focused on co-production in Mental Health.   

Surrey Coalition, Healthwatch Surrey and SMEF (Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum) are working together with Surrey’s mental health trust, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) to help them rapidly engage with people with lived experience, carers, and professionals to co-design what the future of co-production, engagement and involvement looks like within the trust.

How to apply

Please read the job description and person specification for the role – available below.

Please return the completed application form by email to ( by 12.00 noon on Friday 1st October 2021 (we are not able to consider a CV). 

Please note: The Project Manager will be formally employed by Surrey Coalition; however, the project is very much a partnership effort, and the post holder will be working closely with Healthwatch Surrey, SMEF, and the mental health trust. 

Background to the role 

Surrey Mental Health Partnership and Improvement Board have worked with people with lived experience, carers, professionals, and citizens across Surrey to design the Surrey Mental Health Improvement Programme.   This large-scale change programme presents a ‘once in a generation’ chance to radically improve the mental health services and support on offer in Surrey, with a great focus on prevention of mental ill-health.

The board recognised that co-production with people with lived experience and carers, is crucial to achieving the necessary level of change in Surrey.  Consequently, co-production with residents is a central part of the improvement programme and work is underway to ensure this approach is embedded within all of its workstreams.      

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) have asked for our assistance, to work with them to conduct an extensive engagement and co-design process, to design what co-production within the trust looks like in the future.  This will include both the co-production of services, strategies and projects and also, at a more individual level, a chance to review how co-production is embedded within current services – how do clinicians work with people who use services, and crucially carers, to co-design care?  How do people who use services, and their carers, have their voices heard?  This project presents an opportunity to re-design what co-production in  mental health services looks like, and, in doing so, offers the chance to make a major contribution to the improvement of mental health services and support in Surrey.       

Purpose of the role

The Project Manager will drive and coordinate the co-design project over the course of 6 months. 

The role can be best broken down into 4 areas of work:

  1. Project management and coordination
  2. Extensive engagement and co-design with people with lived experience of mental ill-health, mental illness, learning disability and carers and professionals.
  3. Leading the co-design project team, chairing meetings effectively and ensuring that the power is shared within the room. 
  4. Working with colleagues to formulate a final report and toolkit for the Trust, in a variety of formats to suit (and influence) different parts of the organisation. 

We welcome applications from all parts of our community and value diversity.

JD and PS Co-production Project Manager: mental health

Application form