Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Advisory Group:

Seeking a Consultant to support the Group


Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) has commissioned Support in Mind Scotland (SiMS) to work with them to deliver phase 2 of the Early Intervention in Psychosis programme, which includes testing different models of EIP delivery in pathfinder sites.

An EIP Advisory Group provides professional advice to this programme, and SiMS is now seeking a Consultant with lived experience of psychosis to co-chair this group.



HIS is leading phase 2 of a programme to improve access to early care and support for people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. Improvements in care and support will only be possible when we understand people’s experiences of the care and support we are trying to improve.

SiMS has been involving people with lived experience in informing and influencing this programme of work, and we published a major report gathering the lived experience of over 130 people alongside HIS’ EIP report.

Working with the SiMS Engagement Worker and the Lived Experience Reference Group, the co-chair will be a person who has experience of psychosis, who is confident and comfortable to chair meetings.  They will work alongside and be supported by another co-chair who comes from a health service background, along with the Quality Improvement team at HIS.

The Advisory Group includes people from health and social care, Scottish Government, academia and the third sector.  The Lived Experience Reference Group is a group of people with lived experience of mental illness, third sector organisations representing the interests of those experiencing mental ill health and third sector providers.

The co-chair will link closely with this group so that they are able to hear directly from the lived experiences of this wider group and their views on the improvement work undertaken.

The Advisory Group co-chairs will work closely together to facilitate the meetings of the group, ensuring all voices are respectfully heard.

Project overview and outcomes

  • To work with HIS and SiMS to help ensure the voice of lived experience guides the programme
  • To co-chair the Advisory Group meetings, advising on how best to plan, prepare and maintain the focus and smooth running of the meetings.
  • To work with the other co-chair to enable the Advisory Group to offer leadership in achieving programme outcomes through respectful challenge and consensus
  • To represent and promote the Advisory Group at other meetings as appropriate
  • To champion the programme and undertake activities as required to promote the work of the group.


Essential skills and qualities

  • Experience of psychosis in Scotland
  • Drive and passion to lead discussions on improving outcomes for people experiencing psychosis taking an evidence-based approach
  • Confident communicator who is open, honest and receptive to others
  • Prepared to constructively and respectfully challenge whilst remaining objective
  • Commitment to tackling health inequalities, eliminating discrimination and advancing equality in care and support improvements being made
  • Experience in chairing meetings.


Desirable skills, experience and qualities

  • Experience in co-produced work
  • Ability to facilitate meetings to achieve consensual agreement on actions and way forward
  • Broad understanding of health and social care in Scotland.


Time commitments and requirements

This role requires 8 full days from November 2021 to end March 2022 to:

  • Attend 2 EIP Advisory Group meetings (online) in November 2021 and February 2022
  • Attend other meetings, read and comment on documents and advise on the lived experience activity
  • Prepare for meetings and attend briefings as needed
  • Spend time with HIS staff to discuss the work and what support might be required
  • Spend time with SiMS staff to understand the work and connect with people with lived experience
  • Provide advice and consultancy on the overall lived experience component of the EIP Programme as appropriate.



This role will attract a fee of £230/day for 8 days maximum (based on 7 hours per full day). 


How to apply

Consultants should complete the form below and be available to attend an online interview on November 1st 2021. Work will commence immediately thereafter.

Please note that this position is open to external applications only, and SiMS and HIS staff need not apply.

Application pack

Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Support In Mind Scotland is the operating name of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland), a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland SC088179. Charity Number SC 013649.