Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 39 Victoria Street London SW1H 0EU
NSUN to co facilitate Deep Democracy session on disability employment
As a member of the Win-Win Alliance (one of the member partnerships for the Health & Wellbeing Alliance), NSUN and Change are co-facilitating a ‘Deep Democracy’ session Tuesday 13 February in Stratford, London, to explore why employers find it difficult to employ disabled people.
This session is looking at what needs to happen to support young people with mental health issues and people with learning disabilities and/or autism into work.
The session will contribute to a wider piece of work that aims to develop a business case and narrative for NHS organisations and other employers based on existing published evidence and research, previous work and a series of workshops and interviews.
Survivor researchers influencing mental health act review
Members of the Survivor Researcher Network (SRN) have met with Steven Gilbert (one of three Vice chairs for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act Panel) to discuss what support and guidance could be provided to organisations who will be selected to facilitate focus groups.
Call for applications from mental health service users and carers: involvement in a Lived Experience Working Group for a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit.
The Department of Health has set up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit (PRU), run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This Unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.
PRU is offering paid involvement to up to 12 people with personal experience of using mental health services, or caring for friends or family members who have used services, through joining a Lived Experience Working Group for the PRU.
Working Group members will attend regular meetings, and use their first-hand knowledge of mental distress and mental health service use to help guide the work of the Unit. Involvement will be offered as and when required: this is likely to approximate to one day’s involvement per month.
You will need some previous experience of contributing to research or mental health service development, as well as your personal experience of using services or supporting a friend or family member who uses services.
Further information about the role and details of how to apply are available here.
The closing date for applications is: Midnight, Sunday 25th February 2018
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th March 2018
We look forward to hearing from you.
Psychologists launch alternative framework to psychiatic diagnosis models
A group of senior psychologists (Lucy Johnstone, Mary Boyle, John Cromby, David Harper, Peter Kinderman, David Pilgrim and John Read) and high profile service user campaigners (Jacqui Dillon and Eleanor Longden) spent five years developing the Power Threat Meaning Framework as an alternative to more traditional models based on psychiatric diagnosis.
They were supported by researcher Kate Allsopp, by a consultancy group of service users/carers, and by many people who supplied examples of good practice that is not based on diagnosis.
Read the full framework's creators introduction here
Do we still need the diagnosis of 'personality disorder'?
Viewpoint in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire (School of Health & Social work) are delighted to invite Dr Lucy Johnstone (a clinical psychologist, writer, trainer and speaker) to come to Hertfordshire to speak about critical perspectives on 'Personality Disorder'.
Dr Johnstone led the group which produced the Power Threat Meaning Framework.
Date: 7 February
Time: 1pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Prince Edward Hall, (Main Building), University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB
Social media campaign raises voices of women who have experienced abuse
Agenda, is an organisation that exists to ensure women and girls at risk of poverty, poor mental health, addiction and homelessness get the support and protection they need. Agenda’s social media campaign#ThisisMyStoryis raising women’s voices by sharing their experiences in their own words.
Around 1.2 million women in England and Wales have experienced extensive violence and abuse as both children and adults. As a result, they are often deeply traumatised and go on to face multiple problems like poverty, homelessness, poor mental health and using drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms.
To get involved, read the stories, share the campaign's messages, pleaseclick here
Policy Manager recruitment
Agenda is also recruiting for a Policy Manager, based in London. The deadline is 31 January. Find out more about the role here.
Race Equality Foundation seeks trustees
Race Equality Foundation is a dynamic and forward thinking Charity that promotes race equality in social support (what families and friends do for each other) and public services (what 'workers' do with people who need support).
The Foundation have a board of eight Trustees. Several tenures are coming to an end and there is a need for new people. The foundation is interested in individuals with expertise in finance, social media, IT and human resources. However, applications would be welcome from all who care passionately about bringing an end to race discrimination and its negative impacts.
Shape the future of the 50+ LGBT community in Rochdale
Voices for All will be runnning a workshop in partnership with the Kashmir Youth Project (KYP) for members of the LGBT community who are aged 50 plus. Shaping, designing and delivering age friendly projects for the LGBT communities in Rochdale.
Discuss ideas and have a say in the future direction of the health and wellbeing support in the borough. Make a difference for over 50s!
Friday 16 February, 1pm - 3pm, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU
To find out about other AD4E events in Birmingham, Cork and London, visit the AD4Ewebsite.
CEO stepping down
CQC, CEO Sir David Behan has announced his intention to step down as Chief Executive of CQC. He will continue in the role until the summer to allow the appointment process for a successor to take place. Read more here.
Expert by Experience re-procurement process
CQC has been undertaking engagement activity around the pre-procurement process for the Expert by Experience programme though surveys, focus groups and stakeholder co-production meetings. You can register an interest in the procurement here.
PM commits to government-wide drive to tackle loneliness
The government is accepting a series of recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. For the full press release, please click here
Independent review of the Mental Health Act
All up to date information about the review can be found here.
This includes the Service User and Carer survey. Closing date 28 February.
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