Seminar 4: Who’s Speaking In York

Seminar 4: Contemporary developments in mental health policy and commissioning: a help and/or hindrance to co-production and power-sharing

University of York, 28 October 2016

From the street to the strategy: Co-producing system change in the real world

Joseph Alderdice is the new Development and Engagement Lead for West Yorkshire Finding Independence (WY-FI), part of the Lottery funded Fulfilling Lives programme. Joseph worked for over ten years at Leeds Involving People, a user-led organisation that connects citizens with opportunities to influence commissioning, strategy and service redesign programmes. He is now exploring how to bring the best of this to WY-FI, focusing on issues around entrenched homelessness, current/historical offending, problematic substance or alcohol use, and mental ill-health.

Danielle Barnes is one of WY-FI’s two Engagement and Co-Production Workers. Originally part of a group of experts by experience, she had a significant role in the co-design of WY-FI, its mobilisation and establishing its identity. Danielle has had a paid role in WY-FI since delivery began in 2014, co-ordinating a number of co-produced projects across the region.

Co-producing poetry

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.

Co-commissioning: Are we there yet?

Dr Karen Newbigging, Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Karen has over 30 years’ experience

in mental health. Originally, qualifying and working as a clinical psychologist, Karen has worked as a lead mental health commissioner, was the joint lead for gender equality and women’s mental health for the National Institute for Mental Health England and has held academic posts at the University of Birmingham and the University of Central Lancashire. She is also a Trustee for a service-user led charity, Healthy Minds, in Calderdale and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.

Karen has particular expertise in equalities, advocacy, prevention, and system development, with over 40 publications, including two books, and reports for UK governments. Karen also specialises in democratic mental health, commissioning, and policy and research analysis in mental health and social care. She has led a range of research projects, working with people with lived experience as co-researchers. She has provided expert advice to NICE, the Department of Health and is currently working with the West Midlands Mental Health Commission.

Commissioning of self-management support: an exploration of commissioner aspirations and processes in the context of moving towards co-produced and socially connected interventions

Anne Rogers is currently Professor of Health Systems Implementation at the University of Southampton A health services researcher and medical sociologist, Anne has been a University academic researcher, non-executive Director for an acute NHS Trust and undertaken research in the voluntary sector. Anne’s research interests have included research in the social and sociological aspects of mental health and illness, users experiences of health care, population health need and demand for care, large scale national policy intervention evaluations and how patients adapt to and incorporate new technologies into their everyday life. Her current research interests are focused on patient systems of implementation for the management of long term conditions in the UK and in Europe and using mixed methods to evaluate policy interventions at the interface between health care services and self-management. Her research involves addressing how personal and social networks and relationships in domestic and community settings act as a conduit for accessing resources and support for managing long term conditions in a way which complements what is provided by formal service provision.

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