February 2013 Blog Posts (37)

The writer's diet: in search of stylish academic writing.

The WritersDiet Test is a diagnostic tool that assesses whether your sentences are flabby or fit. Take the test and work on making your writing lean and comprehensible!  See also guide to zombie nouns, and Helen Sword's book Stylish…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 19:05 — No Comments

Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk: contributors wanted

Criminology staff at the University of Chester are currently compiling a 'Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk' and have some dictionary entries that have not yet been allocated an author.

They would be interested to hear from practitioners, academics and researchers if they are interested in contributing their expertise to this publication. Each entry is no more than 500 words in length and a list of available titles and…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Nursing and the Approved Mental Health Professional Role.

Link to blog posting and journal article here.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 13:17 — No Comments

Normality in an Uncertain World: 6th Enquire Postgraduate Conference

10th and 11th September 2013

Call for Abstracts

This conference aims to bring together post-graduates and researchers, with an interest in normality, to explore the development, current application and possible future of such research.

We are pleased to confirm our keynote speakers:

  • Derek McGhee, Professor of Sociology, University of…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 13:14 — No Comments

Passion and Paranoia

In Passion and Paranoia, Charlotte Bloch sets out to explore the socio-emotional world of the university, primarily through interviews with Danish academics at various stages of their careers. Academia is rarely viewed through the prism of emotion and this book offers insights into facets of the everyday lives of scholars that, although familiar, are seldom openly discussed.…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 26, 2013 at 11:07 — No Comments

The para-academic handbook: call for contributions.

Content taken from Mark Carrigan's blog here.

There is a name for those under- and precariously employed, but actively working, academics in today’s society: the para-academic.

Para-academics mimic academic practices so they are liberated from the confines of the university. Our work, and our lives, reflect how the idea of a…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

Wellbeing 2013 - Call for Papers

The Second International Conference Exploring the Multi-dimensions of Well-being, presented by Birmingham City University, will take place on 24-25 July 2013.

Well-being 2011 drew a diverse audience from different disciplines, sectors and organisations ranging from the environment, social, health, arts and humanities, including architects, landscape architects, health and community workers, City Councils, NHS Trusts, community and housing organisations, research councils, and…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:33 — No Comments

Tariffs for education and training - details announced.

The details for the implementation of tariffs for education and training have been announced. Moving to a tariff based system for education and training will enable a national approach to the funding of all clinical placements (both medical and non medical) and postgraduate medical programmes to support a level playing field between providers.

The Department of Health (DH) has been working with stakeholders since 2008 to develop the tariffs and this included a sample costing exercise…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments

Journal of Health and Social Care Education: Call for Papers

The HEA Journal of Health and Social Care Education has issued a call for papers.  The new editor is in the process of shifting the journal from its current position and scope by widening the international readership and submission, moving towards both a greater degree of focus in the kinds of submissions they are looking for, and a greater range. By the time of the publication of the Autumn issue this will be a fully peer-reviewed, online journal with articles grouped and…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 21, 2013 at 13:10 — No Comments

Innovative learning for sexual, reproductive and mental health

Dear Readers
At the Centre for Women's Mental Health, Manchester University (where I am based), we are offering a FREE half day workshop for female mental health service users from the North West of England who …

Added by DINA POURSANIDOU on February 20, 2013 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Working with Schizophrenia: pathways to employment, recovery and inclusion

Even though most people diagnosed with schizophrenia are willing and able to work, this group encounters one of the lowest employment rates among all disadvantaged groups. Only 8% of people diagnosed with schizophrenia are currently in employment.  This Work Foundation report examines the impact of 'schizophrenia' on an individual's ability to enter or remain in the labour market, outlining how such barriers can be addressed by policymakers, employers, healthcare professionals as well as…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

European Network of Mental Health Service Evaluation: Call for Papers

The 10th ENMESH International Conference will be held on October 3 – 5, 2013 in Verona (Italy).  The deadline for abstracts is 31 March.  The conference theme will be “Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services: Therapeutic, organisational and economic challenges”.

Mental health services throughout Europe are experiencing a period of profound change, driven by continuing challenges to public health and political…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 17:55 — No Comments

MA in social work and emotional wellbeing

A flexible and innovative part-time course - run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust - that enables qualified social work professionals to pursue advanced professional development closely related to their own current practice, management or training experience. The programme emphasises learning from student’s own experience, as well as theorisation and research skills. Social workers with all service user groups and from all sectors attend this programme. Many students on this…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 14:47 — No Comments

Scottish Recovery Network and Higher Education join forces

Scottish Recovery Network and Edinburgh Napier University are pleased to announce a new joint venture.  


Allison Alexander, Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University will be joining the SRN staff team as an Honorary Educational Consultant. Allison will provide educational advice and expertise to current and future SRN projects and undertake work looking at how recovery is currently taught to mental health…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 14:05 — No Comments

HEA student essay competition: Patient and Public Involvement in Higher Education

The Higher Education Academy (HEA), Health and Social Care Cluster (HSSC) encourages students to share their experiences of service user engagement and Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) in higher education in a number of ways via writing for publication, abstracts for posters at our conference, workshops and by becoming a member of a network for those with a special interest in PPI; the Lived Experience Network (LEN).

To encourage increased participation the cluster has launched…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 11:08 — 1 Comment

Lived Experience Network [LEN]

In December 2012, the Higher Education Academy [HEA] Health and Social Care Cluster launched a network relating to Patient and Public Involvement and Service User engagement. The first meeting of the network was attended by a range of people with an interest in this area including service users, academics, students and representatives from the third sector. The group decided on a name to reflect the diversity and purpose of the group: LEN – Lived Experience Network.

There are…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

mhhechat - 15 February

Twelve people contributed to the chat today.  Discussion ranged widely and included: networking for Approved Mental Health Professional  training programme leads; survivor/service user and carer involvement in clinical psychology training; evaluating survivor/service users' experience of involvement in education; encouraging third sector staff and service users to write about education and training; getting HE research in to practice; creating space in academic life for things that are…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2013 at 17:49 — 1 Comment

World Dignity University

This looks like an interesting initiative. . .

We are living in times when nothing short of global cooperation can successfully address the dire problems developing in the world today. Education provides the most promising path toward building “a global culture of cooperation,” a culture that advances the principles of mutual respect, equality in dignity, unity and diversity, and environmental stewardship, the progenitors of lasting peace.

We have come to believe that a…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2013 at 12:25 — No Comments

Really pleasant day teaching

I'm doing some teaching at Bradford College for an access to HE course for hopeful health professionals. It's an intro module to mental health and this week, week 2, I introduced the main models and a case study about a young man hearing voices, being bullied at school etc. They seemed to pick up the social model of disability straight away and thought that if he wasn't bothered by the voices then he's fine, that the school ought to deal with the bullying and his family needed to rally round if… Continue

Added by Bill Penson on February 13, 2013 at 20:23 — 1 Comment

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Independent review of the Mental Health Act: A summary of the interim report

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 0 Comments

This useful briefing, on the NHS Confederation website, summarises key points from the interim report for Mental Health Network members.  View the briefing.

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 0 Comments

The Colour Of Madness is an anthology led and curated by BAME people which is made up of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. It explores the BAME mental health experience in the UK.…


Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 0 Comments

This book series is a unique  resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis,…


Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 15:32 1 Comment

A mental health documentary exploring people's encounters with psychiatric medication. It is not giving advice. It is giving a voice. Beyond chemicals, how does the idea of medication function on our identities and upon our view of ourselves?…


Applied Sociology curriculum launched

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 0 Comments

At the BSA conference in Newcastle last month, the BSA Sociologists outside Academia (SoA) group launched its model curriculum in applied sociology.  This will now be offered free to UK sociology departments, to use within their undergraduate programmes.  It can be downloaded from the curriculum website.

The curriculum is a key element in SoA’s…


The Rosamund Snow Prize

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

Rosamund Snow (1971-2017) will be remembered by many for her work to champion patients’ involvement in healthcare. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens, Rosamund was later asked to help a consultant at her outpatient clinic investigate its high ‘did not attend’ rate; she explains what she found in this talk, addressing a TED×NHS event in 2016. 
Urging her audience to involve patients in service quality…

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 0 Comments

The 6th International Authenticity to Action Conference will take place on 5-6 March 2019 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on the theme of: 'Inspiring partnerships in co-producing  professional education and practice development'.

This exciting two-day conference will celebrate the involvement of patients, service users and carers in Health, Social…


Asylum 25.2 - out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now out. It opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in the notion of ‘democratic psychiatry’.  How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of amagazine?   Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved…


Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 0 Comments

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, looks at the use of mindfulness in counselling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which…


Building critical bridges - Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

The 3rd Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (a.k.a. CritSui3), will be held in Perth WA at the University of Western Australia from 12-13 December 2018.  This conference, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, builds on prior Critical Suicide Studies conferences in Prague, Czech Republic (2016) and Canterbury, UK (2017), turning the attention to networking, impact and engagement…

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