As a Trust we are inviting service users and carers to join the Service User and Carer Council (SUCC) who can use their lived experience to help shape our services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Service users and their families are experts in understanding what is needed thanks to their own experience of mental distress or physical ill health.

It's vital that members of SUCC to feel empowered to help develop services by inviting volunteers to give their views and be an active member of the council.

Roles are open for chair, vice chair and members and support and assistance will be given to applicants if they feel as though they lack the confidence, skills or have additional needs.

Meetings may be held face-to-face or virtually.

Chair and Vice Chair skills and specification:

  • Previous experience of chairing and coordinating meetings.
  • Some knowledge and ability to run remote/virtual meetings.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Able to manage division and people with complex subject matters
  • Impartial and objective
  • Some organisational knowledge of the Trust and third sectors advantageous
  • A good communicator who can talk to people at all different levels
  • Has lived experience of being a service user or carer and can share in a balanced way
  • Has a positive attitude

Members of SUCC skills and specification:

  • Ensure that there are effective processes in place to capture the experiences and views of service users and carers within the locality
  • Feedback from other local and national groups
  • Promote service user and carer involvement in improvement programmes
  • Contribute to locality meetings; offering contributions, ideas and opinions which reflect the voice of the service user, carers and their families opposed to individual voices
  • Contribute to the development of Trust policies and strategies ensuring appropriate consideration is given to the needs of service user and carers
  • Participate in service user led inspections of care and service reviews, training, recruitment


Download our easy read Service User and Carer Council information.

Apply to join the Service User and Care Council