ISPS UK is recruiting Trustees

“I think it’s very normal to not think of yourself as being the kind of person who becomes a trustee. However, if you have skills in building relationships, writing reports or advocating for change then just think of what you could bring.” Steph Allan, ISPS UK Trustee

ISPS UK is looking for new trustees. It’s an opportunity to join a welcoming and passionate committee, help shape the future of ISPS UK, and ensure it continues to be well run and connects with the needs and hopes of our membership.

ISPS UK is a charity and membership organisation which promotes psychological and social approaches to psychosis, in order to improve the support which people with personal experience of psychosis receive, both within and beyond mental health services. It is unique in that it is the only charity in the UK which focuses specifically on this area, bringing together people with personal and/or professional experience of psychosis. We try to create spaces – virtually and in person – where people can share their ideas, hopes and struggles, and can explore their differences in constructive dialogue and debate.

There is a wealth of knowledge both within and outside our membership on understanding psychosis and ways of working with these experiences, and we do what we can to connect people with this. In addition to hosting events, members receive Psychosis (https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rpsy20), a quarterly academic journal published by Taylor and Francis. Our recent webinars include: Alongside psychosis: alternatives to psychiatric admission, When there are no words: working creatively with psychosis (art psychotherapy online in the time of COVID), Psychosis and social Distancing: opportunities and challenges of support online and “Dismantling the Master’s House”: becoming anti-racist.

ISPS UK is a membership organisation bringing together a broad variety of people and perspectives. We value lived experience of psychosis (either direct or as a family member/carer). However, at present we have several trustees who have this experience and recognise the need to recruit more people who have professional experience of working in this field. As such, we would love to hear from people who bring professional experience of working with psychosis, including, but not limited to:  psychiatrists, mental health nurses, social workers, psychotherapists and psychologists (clinical, counselling, forensic).

We have recently undertaken an appraisal of the Committee, and would especially welcome applications from those with experience in one of the following areas:

  • Governance
  • Financial planning and control
  • Strategy and leadership

In particular we welcome applications from people of colour/individuals from racialised communities, as well as applications from people who are new to trusteeship.

We will be holding an informal “Meet the Trustees” webinar at lunchtime on Thursday 17 December where you can stop by and ask us questions. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for what it might be like to be a trustee of ISPS UK and get to know some of your potential colleagues. 

to apply to be a Trustee, please download our Trustee Recruitment Pack (below) and send a CV and a covering letter to admin@ispsuk.org by 5th January 2021.  Interviews will take place online on the 22 and 29th January 2021.

For an informal conversation about the role or organisation, please email us (admin@ispsuk.org) to arrange a chat with Akiko Hart, the Chair.

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