Join the team - Community Mental Health Engagement & Research Manager

HIVE Portsmouth works with people and organisations to improve the health and well being of people in Portsmouth. Key partners include health and care statutory organisations, Portsmouth City Council, the University of Portsmouth and the hundreds of voluntary, community and social enterprise groups (VCSE) who play a pivotal role in supporting local people. We actively support the development of the VCSE sector within the City of Portsmouth and enable and support social action on issues within Portsmouth.

We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Community Mental Health Engagement & Research Manager to lead, maintain and develop our lived experience networks of with people who have a lived experience of mental health and other co-occurring conditions. The networks enable the sharing of their lived experience to contribute to making positive changes to community mental health services and other statutory services in Portsmouth. The post will facilitate a network of community based and statutory services and ensure that residents with lived experience have the opportunity to engage with and lead community research projects focused on addressing health inequalities across the city.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is keen to build positive relationships across the community, with VCSE organisations and facilitate partnership working, collaboration and learning with statutory colleagues. The successful candidate must demonstrate a good understanding of HIVE Portsmouth’s goals and ensure that the role of HIVE Portsmouth is clearly communicated.

They will require experience of working within a mental health setting or have lived experience and a commitment to co-production and passionate about working in partnership to influence positive change. They will be solution focused and able to confidently support the voices of underrepresented individuals in our communities and support and develop opportunities for community led research and for the VCSE to help fill identified gaps in provision.

Although this post is full time, we will consider a minimum of 4 days a week.

If you think you are the ideal person who can clearly demonstrate a commitment to our charitable objectives and the objectives of this role, we would love you to join our team.

Further information: 

For further information or an informal discussion on this post please contact Lorna Reavely, Chief Officer at or Catherine Ramsay, Deputy Chief Officer at

To apply:

Please submit a CV and cover letter explaining how you meet the person specification to by midnight on 15 December with interviews planned 21 December.

We will review applications as they are received and may close applications early.