ESCR Workshop: Re-imagining Professionalism in Mental Health: Towards Co-production

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The second in the ESCR seminar series Re-imagining Professionalism in Mental Health: Toward Co-Production, this seminar will focus on co-production in action in order to identify and discuss the facilitators and inhibitors of power-sharing. The seminar will draw out the implications for practitioner and service user identity, for the division of labour, and for the status of professional and lay knowledge. 

The seminar will take place on 17 February at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford. The seminar has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for Values Based Practice, University of Oxford.

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

To apply for a bursary please visit the website.

This event is free, but space is limited, so please register by 8 February 2016 here.



Dr Ruth Allen is Director of Social Work for South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust and a Research Fellow at St George’s University of London. She is Chair of the national Social Care Strategic Network for mental health which promotes effective social work leadership in mental health and former Chair of the Mental Health Faculty of the College of Social Work.

Dr Sarah Carr is an Associate Professor of Mental Health Research, Middlesex University and an independent mental health and social care consultant and researcher. Sarah is Co-Chair of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) and uses her lived experience of mental distress and service use in all her work.

Dr Philip Houghton, Clinical Psychologist and Practice Leader of the Critical Values Based Management Centre, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Ms Justine Keeble uses mental health services. She is a founder member of the 'Bristol co-production group' which has grown from its original brief to produce many collaborations, including the partnership teaching of mental health nursing students.

Professor Peter Ryan is an expert in mental health. He is currently establishing a research centre for co-production in collaboration with Sarah Carr at the University of Middlesex.

Dr Gemma Stacey, Academic lead of the Critical Values Based Management Centre, University of Nottingham.


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