This page is about people who use services, their families and carers collaborating with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust to ensure that our services are the best that they can be. There are lots of different ways to get involved including being part of clinical design groups to help develop our services, to taking part in focus groups to be a member of a steering group to help implement policies. 

If you would like to hear about the different involvement opportunities within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust you can register your interest here.  

If you would like to find out more the Participation and Partnership Forum, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundations Trust's service user and carer forum please click here

Many of our involvement roles are now advertised here or to find out more you can follow us on twitter at Involvement@CPFT. If you would like to talk to somebody about involvement please get in contact with 

Involvement opportunities

Opportunities to get involved in projects taking place within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust are published here

June 2022

Involvement Partners for the Sexual Safety  Collaborative.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) are starting a group looking at sexual safety for people staying on inpatient mental health wards. We can not do this without the voices of people who have used services and are there looking for people who would be interested in being part of the group. 

The key responsibilities of this role is to work with CPFT to review and develop CPFT’s sexual safety standards and guidance on their mental health. Further information about the role can be found in the role description.  Role description for Sexual Safety Collaborative.docx [docx] 266KB


It is anticipated that this role will require approximately 5 hours per month including attendance of task and finish groups, subgroups, reading prior to meetings. Debrief and supervision will be offered as part of this opportunity. Meetings will largely be virtual but potentially may be face to face. 


Payment for your time and expertise will be offered at £10.00 per hour. Travel expenses will be paid as per the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust reimbursement policy for Carers and Service Users.


This post is subject to disclosure and barring scheme clearance and Occupational Health clearance and successful applicants will be expected to complete mandatoary training relevant to their role. 


For further information about the role please email or

To apply for this role please complete the following application form ( Application form.docx [docx] 68KB ) and email it to and  







April 2022

Have you accessed crisis or acute inpatient services in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough? We need your help!

We are looking for service users’ involvement in developing Brief Crisis Interventions to support people through their mental health crisis that will be delivered by the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams (CRHTT) and/or Mulberry Wards (inpatient wards for people in mental health crisis) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This collaboration will involve meeting face to face and/or online, one to one and in groups to discuss possible interventions.

We are looking for people who have previously accessed services provided by CRHTT or have previously been admitted to the wards due to experiencing suicidal thoughts and/or acted on these thoughts or experienced psychosis.

These meetings will take place in April-May 2022. They will be about 45-55 min long and we would ask you to commit to 5-6 hours in total. We will be offering a reimbursement of £10/h for people who take part in this activity. If you have any questions or are interested in this role please contact Olga Hide (Senior Assistant Psychologist) at or phone 07542 030203.

Reducing restrictive practice patient/carer partners

Restrictive practice includes the use of physical restraint, seclusion, and rapid tranquilisation.

The Trust is committed to avoiding or minimising the need for restrictive practices in all but exceptional circumstances and only where absolutely necessary to secure the safety of patients and staff. We are seeking patients and carers with lived experience of restrictive practice, to work in partnership with staff from across the Trust. Together, we aim to establish clear Trust ambitions and move forward with continuous quality improvement in this crucial area of mental health care.

We are looking for somebody who has  lived experience of restrictive practice or cared for somebody who has had this experience. We are interested in hearing from carers and people who have used our services and have had this experience. For further informamtion please look at this role description  Reducing Inpatient Restrictive Practice Patient Partner - role description.docx [docx] 287KB and / or contact

Our involvement journey

Our involvement journey

Involvement isn't a destination. It is a journey of working collaboratively with the people who use our services and their families to create the best possible services together.  

A series of events have helped start our involvement journey. In November 2016 the partnership strategy group co produced eleven listening events across the county. A key outcome from this was the commitment from CPFT to form a  service users forum. In  November 2017 work started with the partnership strategy group to create a service user forum for  CPFT. In May 2018  we advertised and interviewed for the service users forum. Our first meeting was held on the 4 October 2018. Between November 2018 and April 2019, terms of reference  and contracts of involvement  were co-created with the service user forum. In January 2019 the service user forum was renamed the Participation and Partnership Forum to reflect its activities. 

In October 2019 our second Learning together to improve care event took place and included CPFT staff from each directorate and people who had used CPFT services, their families, members of the Participation and Partnership Forum and our wider community. The event focused on creating a word cloud of how we want involvement to feel within CPFT and identifying the top five steps CPFT, and its co-production partners will be taking to achieve this vision.  

How we want involvement within CPFT to feel.  

Our five steps on our involvement journey for 2020 were:

  • Training in positive risk taking 
  • Creating a network for sharing good practice
  • Creating a conduit for people to get involved 
  • Creating PRIDE values for involvement
  • Involvement training for new starters    
As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust