Staff and service user


Getting involved with NHFT

There are a number of ways that patients, service users and carers can be involved and help to improve NHFT services.

Involvement opportunities

Opportunities at NHFT include:

  • Patient and involvement stories – this can be an important part of understanding what has happened to a patient and can be a part of a patient’s recovery
  • Membership of working groups – this is related to the quality, service development and improvement that have been set up for a patient, service user and carer to involve themselves in the overall debate
  • Staff recruitment and selection – involves interviewing new staff candidates
  • PLACE inspections – visiting Trust sites to assess the quality of the care environment
  • Staff training – various types of training for staff where patients, service users and carers can relate their own experiences
  • Quality focus groups – participation in small groups to voice your thoughts about the quality of services
  • Becoming a member of NHFT - stay up-to-date with local NHS care 
  • Bespoke project groups - from time to time there are several short-term groups set up to address a particular issue
  • Volunteering.


What Involvement Means To Me

We asked some of our service users and carers what involvement meant to them. This is what they had to say:

  • Hope that future mental health services will listen and act on service user, and carer views and experiences to improve services.
  • Being able to share my expertise and experience
  • Activity beyond my home. Constant learning opportunities. Feeling of self-worth and esteem.
  • Involvement gives me a purpose and offers me value. It feels great to help others too and improve services gradually.
  • Involvement is getting your voice heard (and acted upon).
  • Having a voice and being equal to health professionals.
  • An opportunity to share my knowledge of mental health services.
  • A chance to experience NHFT services
  • Involvement for me is a chance to assist in the recovery of people with mental health/addition problems
  • Communication with others. Using knowledge to help improve services. Learning. Confidence building
  • Taking part in something worthwhile to myself and others from start to finish, where I can feel like I have achieved.


Register your interest

Please complete the expression of interested form below:

Involvement expression of interest

Note: Questions marked by * are mandatory

  Yes No
*This is a mandatory field. Would you like to become a member of Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust?
*This is a mandatory field. Would you be interested in supporting the Trust by sharing your story as a patient, service user or carer or a member of NHFT staff?
We will only share your information within our services that are looking for a person to assist them with an involvement opportunity. If in the future, you would like your name removed from the database, please advise the Involvement Team in writing. By submitting this form you certify, to the best of your knowledge, that the information provided on this Expression of Interest form is correct.

Further information

Read our involvement strategy available here:  Involvement Strategy 2018-19

Contact us

For more information about being involved or to register, contact the Involvement Team on 01536 452243 or email: