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Location (town and country)
UCLAN/Leeds Met
Mental Health
Job title
PhD Student/associate lecturer
Areas of interest and expertise
disability, psychosis, humanities

Bill Penson's Blog

DE in the Midlands

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 14:14 1 Comment

I was quite surprised to read this piece at the end of last week, and even more surprised to see very little traffic on twitter, and the like, about it. DE, a man with learning disabilities, will be sterilised without his consent- fair measures can be taken to make this happen. While the full story is likely to be complex, it seems no-one was really disagreeing with the need for this to happen, and DE didn't want to have any more children. Presumbaly he didn't want to be operated on though,…


Free conference in York on 'chronic conditions'

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 7:00 0 Comments

See here for the conference details. I'm starting to notice the word 'chronic' creep in ....

Interesting web link- arts, dementia and ageing

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 19:51 0 Comments

Really interesting work on ageing, dementia and dsm.

Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 12:54 on October 28, 2011, Kate Karban said…

Hello there,

Good to see you last week and I am now finally able to access this propoerly.

HOpe to see you again soon.

Best wishes


At 9:26 on October 12, 2012, Elizabeth Roxburgh said…

Hi Bill, Thanks for your message. I just came across it whilst searches for mental health resources. Best wishes, Liz

At 17:09 on November 24, 2012, Terry Simpson said…

Hi Bill, not sure when I first heard about MHHE - think I met Jill Anderson somewhere? Anyway it became very useful to me when I took on a job for Leeds Mind (originally for YHIP) writing a monthly e-bulletin about Employment & Learning Skills in Yorks & Humber, and I was getting a regular mailing. Then I lost contact when I changed my e-mail address after a bad case of hacking! So when my friend and colleague Mike Bush sent me a link to this site I thought it would be a way to renew contact.

Not sure if we've met? You don't look familiar but my memory's shocking! I haven't had a lot to do with the Metropolitan - although it's very implicated in my own mental health story since I had my first 'breakdown' there when a student in 1975! Maybe that's why I've avoided it! My work's mainly been in advocacy and involvement, though I wrote a couple of plays about mental health which were used as course materials by the OU, and the creative side of things has always been my ambition.

Good to be in contact, Terry

At 11:51 on December 9, 2012, Janie Greville said…

Hi Bill,

Thanks for your welcome message, makes a real difference - as in, it makes membership active and warming which I really appreciate. I've been in the email loop via Jill for about three years now and only realised I wasn't a member of the site the other day - or rather - didn't even think about membership issues either way. It's good to find another space in which I might express my ideas and values in re mental health

So - thanks.

Festive Wishes,


At 10:38 on January 14, 2013, Clare Dolman said…
Many thanks for your welcome message Bill. I look forward to getting involved.

All the best

At 23:08 on January 14, 2013, julie gosling said…
Heyyy Bill - please excuse me if you get this twice - I'm still learning - thank you for your warm greeting - it makes a real difference! - yes I'm hooking up with my usual suspects and a few unusual ones to boot - I look forward to some active networking - my kind regards - Julie
At 22:33 on January 21, 2013, Clare Kell said…

Thank you for the message Bill! Yes I lead our PgCHE programme and we are trying to help participants think about the inclusion agenda from the widest possible angles. So the mhhe is a useful resource for us to flag for staff right across the University. Best wishes, Clare.

At 16:01 on February 3, 2013, julie gosling said…
thank you bill for your lovely friendship and sharing
At 16:05 on February 5, 2013, Trevor James Kettle said…

Thanks for the welcome Bill, thats much appreciated.

Best wishes,



At 15:26 on March 7, 2013, Caroline said…

Hi Bill, Sorry for not replying sooner, however I have had a rather busy week and I have not had a chance to even open my laptop. Thanks for your message, I am finding the hub a source of lots of great information!

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Blog Posts

QMU launches the world's first Masters in Mad Studies

Posted by Jill Anderson on December 1, 2020 at 11:50 0 Comments

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is launching the world’s first master’s degree in Mad Studies. The MSc Mad Studies course is primarily a course for graduates with lived experience of mental health issues. It has been hailed by a leading international Mad Studies academic as the most exciting piece of curriculum development in the last 20 years!

Mad Studies is a recognised academic discipline that explores the knowledge and actions that have grown…


Unlearning through Mad Studies: disruptive pedagogical praxis

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2020 at 19:00 0 Comments

Medical discourse currently dominates as the defining framework for madness in educational praxis. Consequently, ideas rooted in a mental health/illness binary abound in higher learning, as both curriculum content and through institutional procedures that reinforce structures of normalcy. While madness, then, is included in university spaces, this inclusion proceeds in ways that continue to pathologize madness and disenfranchise mad people.

This paper offers Mad…


Stepchange: mentally healthy universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:48 0 Comments

Earlier this year, UUK published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff by taking a whole university approach to mental health.

The Stepchange approach and shared set of principles inform the …


Think Ahead gets funding to boost its intake.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:41 0 Comments

Fast-track mental health social work provider Think Ahead will expand its intake by 60% from next year following a government funding boost of at least £18m.

The Department of Health and Social Care has agreed a contract with Think Ahead to increase the number of trainees for its 2021 and 2022 cohorts from 100 to 160, with…


Transforming Mental Health Social Work videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:39 0 Comments

Health Education England has commissioned 11 videos centered on real-life experience of specialists in the social work field.

See the video playlist.

Transforming mental health social work - conference report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:37 0 Comments

In February 2020 Health Education England and Skills for Care put on two major conferences about the role and development of mental health social work. 

Download the conference report.

Leadership in mental health social work - web pages

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:33 0 Comments

A section of the Skills for Care website has been developed for mental health social workers and AMHPs

View the web pages here.

Social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide: a scoping review protocol

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:29 1 Comment

Social workers are among the largest group of professionals in the mental health workforce and play a key role in the assessment of mental health, addictions and suicide. Most social workers provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, yet there are gaps in research on social work education and training programmes. The objective of this open access scoping review is to examine literature on social work education and training in mental health, addictions and…


Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:25 0 Comments

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, a new Nuffield Trust report discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so.

Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some  key findings.

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