Seminar 3: Contemporary developments in mental health practice: a help and/or a hindrance to powersharing.

We are please to announce the third seminar in the ESRC Seminar Series ‘Reimagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production’.

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This seminar will consider co-production in the light of new practices in mental health. These include the advent of specialised low- and high-intensity psychological services for people with common mental health problems, funded by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme; the introduction of new professional roles (such as Psychological Well-being Practitioners, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists Associate Practitioners), and the changing roles of mental health nurses. New initiatives designed to promote coproduction, for example through service user-led recovery work and personalisation will be discussed from a variety of stakeholder perspectives in relation to the evidence drawn from the Connecting People Intervention.

Speakers and participants at the seminar series will come from diverse groups: service users, carers, professionals working in third sector, and public and statutory organisations, and academics. Academics in the research team are from diverse disciplinary backgrounds: mental health nursing, philosophy, political science, psychiatry, social work and sociology. Together we aim to build network of expertise which will inform the values and practices of mental health care. Five travel bursaries are available for each of the following groups:

• Service users and carers
• Employees working in third sector organisations
• Early career researchers

Speakers:

Tina Coldham campaigns for a better understanding of mental health issues in society and works to improve service provision. She has enduring mental health problems, and has used used mental health services over many years. Tina has worked in the voluntary sector, across disability, in academia, with regulators and governing bodies as a trainer, researcher and consultant. Tina is currently a Director with HASCAS who conduct service reviews and homicide investigations; a member of the NIHR Involve Advisory Group and Advisory Board; Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York; An associate at the Centre for Citizenship and Community at UCLan; and has stepped down as Chair of the National Survivor User Network having led this from the project planning stage to independence. Tina also chairs the SCIE co-production network.

Pamela Fisher is a social scientist whose work focuses on understandings and enactments of ‘resilience’ or ‘positive deviance’ developed within communities marginalized for diverse (although often intersecting) reasons; for instance, for reasons related to economic disadvantage, political stigma, mental health, and disability.  Her work critically interrogates normative understandings of resilience, including their exclusionary modalities and practices. In addition, Pamela is interested in emerging forms of professionalism within public health. She is interested in co-production, understood as authentic power-sharing. Pamela is the Principal Investigator for the ESRC seminar series Re-imagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production.

Pete Fleischmann has experience of using mental health services. Pete was coordinator of Brent Mental Health User Group (BUG) from 1991 to 1996. Until 2004 Pete worked as an independent consultant. Contracts have included working with the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) at the Institute of Psychiatry, developing user involvement at Revolving Doors Agency. Since 2004 Pete has been Head of Co-production at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) where he works four days per week. SCIE is a national charity set up by the government in 2002 to improve social care services. Pete leads SCIE’s programme of work around co-production. Co-production is the term SCIE uses to describe working in equal partnership with people who use services, and carers. Pete is responsible for the production of good practice materials about co-production and ensuring that users and carers are at the heart of all SCIE’s work.

 Rebecca Hutten is a doctoral researcher in Public Mental Health at the University of Sheffield. Her PhD work looks at the training, culture and practices of new recruits in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ workforce. She is interested in how clinical practice within a complex system impacts upon professional identity, ethics and practices of engagement. Her work looks at the experience of both low- and high-intensity cognitive behavioural practitioners and therapists as they grapple with the emotional challenges of delivering a high volume service. Doctoral Researcher in Public Mental Health at the University of Sheffield.

David Crepaz-Keay is Head of Empowerment and Inclusion at the Mental Health Foundation where he has worked for ten years. His goal is to create strong and effective voices for people directly affected by mental ill-health. David’s department is responsible for developing and delivering service user involvement, carer involvement, self-management and peer support, and mental health awareness training. With more than 30 years’ experience in service user involvement, David has previously occupied a number of prestigious posts including chief executive of Mental Health Media, former board member and vice-chair for the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, founding member of National Survivor User Network (NSUN), and former chair and treasurer of Survivors Speak Out.

Adam Montgomery is a Dual Diagnosis Peer Support Development & Group Worker employed by Leeds Mind. Adam wishes to acknowledge the support he has received from Leeds Involving People (a partner organisation of the ESRC seminar series) in the creation of and journey to his role. As Adam puts it, “If it weren’t for the opportunities Leeds Involving People provided me to have my voice heard at all levels of service provision (through Together We Can and the Zip group),  I wouldn’t have been able to contribute to positive system change. Being valued & being given opportunities to express ideas and experiences has enabled me to channel the frustration and confusion caused by services into a positive outlet. I was given a chance to help other people’s voices to be heard. Being a part of those networks brought me to this stage”.  Adam’s positive trajectory is a direct result of co-production in action. In addition to his work at Mind, Adam (aka Ad Verse) is a spoken word artist and poet.

John Walsh is practice manager for York Street Health Practice which is the medical team for people who are homeless and in the asylum system in Leeds. John has worked there over two decades – most of that time on the streets with people who are homeless. He is also involved in national NHS work, writing with patients, staff and carers and teaching on best care and best culture, service improvement and teaching.

 Martin Webber is Professor of Social Work at the University of York where he leads the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of social interventions alongside people with mental health problems. He is also the academic lead for Think Ahead, a fast-track training programme for mental health social workers. Martin a co-investigator for the ESRC seminar series Re-imagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production.

 

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