APP is seeking a Peer Researcher (part-time, fixed term) with personal experience of postpartum psychosis or severe postnatal illness to carry out in-depth interviews with women from South Asian and Black ethnic minority groups who have experienced perinatal mental health problems. The Peer Researcher will also conduct interviews with the women’s partners and family members, as well as with health professionals to learn more about their attitudes, expectations and experiences.

APP is collaborating on a research project examining the Accessibility and acceptability of perinatal mental health services for women from Ethnic Minority groups (PAAM), funded by the NIHR Health Service and Delivery Research Programme. Other collaborators in the project are: East London NHS Foundation Trust; Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust; Queen Mary University of London; City, University of London; Midlands & Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit. The study seeks to understand the experiences and expectations of women from ethnic minorities when they come into contact with perinatal mental health services and whether these services are appropriate and acceptable to them in order, ultimately, to improve services for women from ethnic minority backgrounds.

APP plans to train and support a researcher with personal experience of postpartum psychosis or severe postnatal mental illness to conduct qualitative interviews exploring attitudes, expectations and experiences of women from South Asian and Black ethnic minority groups who experienced perinatal mental health problems, and of their partners/family members/carers and of the different health professionals.
APP is the national charity providing support and information to mums and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP). PP is a severe form of postnatal mental illness that develops, often out of the blue, in the days and weeks following childbirth. APP works with women, families, academics and specialist clinicians to: raise awareness of PP; develop information; train health professionals; facilitate research; and run an award-winning specialist peer support service.
Action on Postpartum Psychosis is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. Based on the experience required to effectively deliver the work, these roles are only open to female applicants; we are relying on a protected characteristic as a genuine occupational requirement as permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

(with travel around the Birmingham and Solihull area, occasional travel elsewhere in the UK, and meetings in London)
£27k pro rata, depending on experience.
Part-time, 1 day a week (Fixed term contract)
For more information, please see the PeerResearcherApplicantInfoapplicant information pack .

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