Sarah Rae

Patient Representative

Sarah Rae has lived experience of mental health challenges. After a negative experience of acute care in 2005 she became determined to influence the design and delivery of mental health services through various routes, including:

Board roles:

  • National Mind trustee (2011 – 2020)
  •  Non-Executive Director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England from (2011-2019)

Quality improvement activities:

  •  Q Community member (Health Foundation)
  •  Lay member of the NICE Guideline Committee which is revising the guidance on self-harm
  • Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Consultant for the pan-London Safety in Mental Health Settings project
  • Member of the Ethnicity and Mental Health Improvement Project (EMHIP) Reference Group
  • Co-led the PROMISE (Proactive Management of Integrated Services and Environments) programme which (2014- 2017) led to a marked reduction in all types of restraint across one trust
  • PPI Lead on a commissioned project to refresh the Essex mental health strategy Research involvement
  • Co-Chief Investigator on the three-year NIHR funded research study: ‘Coproducing improved mental health acute inpatient discharge using a Systems Approach: MINDS’
  • PPI Co-lead for the NIHR ARC National Priorities in Mental Health programme
  • Lay member of the APT Trial Steering Committee. This study aims to test whether a new anti-inflammatory drug could benefit patients with treatment resistant depression