May 2014 Blog Posts (16)

The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimated

The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimated

After Mike Bush experienced a mental breakdown while working as a social worker he looked to improve support for professionals' wellbeing


Added by Mike Bush on May 22, 2014 at 17:21 — No Comments

Funding for service user and carer involvement in the social work degree to continue.

Service user and carer involvement in the development and delivery of the social work degree: Block grant per course of £7,400 will continue to be paid in 2014-15.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 19, 2014 at 19:24 — No Comments

Exploring family carer involvement in forensic mental health services

Scottish policy and law underline the importance of supporting family carers and using their knowledge and experience to increase the effectiveness of mental health care and treatment. In particular, the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (MHCT Act), and Caring Together, Carers Strategy for Scotland (Scottish Government, 2010), emphasise involvement and participation of carers in mental health services. While there is a growing body of research about carers’ experiences…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:46 — No Comments

New HEA report on practice assessment panels in social work

The report documents findings from a study on practice assessment panels and focuses on decision making around social work students deemed to have failed their practice placements. The report briefly documents major developments in English social work education as well as the current context of practice learning within England.

The report goes on to highlight concerns around the robustness of practice education, in particular the apparent reluctance by practice educators to fail…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:25 — No Comments

International Journal for Educational Integrity

The journal provides a platform for educators across all sectors to research issues in the multi-disciplinary field of educational integrity. In addition, IJEI provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to take a leadership role in the relatively new field of educational integrity.

The IJEI is an international refereed journal where research on educational integrity is disseminated in an accessible and cost-effective format. The journal challenges readers to consider…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:15 — No Comments

Embedding mental wellbeing in the curriculum: maximising success in higher education

24 June 2014 at 12.00.

This webinar explores ways in which leadership in curriculum development, especially new areas such as mental wellbeing, is a collaborative venture in which all staff and students can play a part. The increase in the numbers of students disclosing/experiencing poor mental health and evidence to suggest that study related factors can exacerbate mental distress and impact on retention and achievement mean that this focus on mental wellbeing in terms of academic…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

MHNAUK position statement on dementia care

The Mental Health Nurse Academics UK group has produced a position statement on dementia care. 

Read the statement here.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 17, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry

CAOS is an interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal that publishes original articles/art work/poetry that foreground critical forms of social inquiry, research and practice. These include but are not limited to Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP), Intersectionality, Anti-Racism, Anti-Black Racism, …


Added by Jill Anderson on May 17, 2014 at 7:53 — No Comments

Post Graduate Certificate in Communities, Engagement and Enterprise

A unique opportunity for those interested in community engagement and social justice to explore the historical, political and theoretical roots of community work in Britain, and to develop a deeper insight into the emergence, development and potential of 21st century community organising and social action within a global context.

This course runs at the University of Brighton.  …


Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2014 at 16:45 — No Comments

The role of traditional healing in mental health

Burgeoning research has highlighted the convoluted mental health pathways of members of the African and Caribbean communities, and their over-representation within the mental health service.

In many respects their experiences are a microcosm of issues associated with the black minority ethnic communities living in London. Experiences around spirituality, for instance, may be one key area frequently “pathologised” by those involved in delivering mental health care, rather than viewed…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2014 at 19:04 — No Comments

Patient involvement in medical and healthcare education - tweetchat

The next #ukmeded Twitter chat will take place on Thursday 15th May at 9pm, on the role of patients and patient leaders in medical and healthcare education.

If you haven't taken part in a Twitter chat before, all you need is a Twitter account (they are free, and you can set one up via<…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2014 at 17:46 — No Comments

'Illness' by Havi Carel

Havi Carel was speaking at an event at the Storey Institute in Lancaster today.  This book was mentioned and may be of interest:

What is illness? Is it a physiological dysfunction, a social label, or a way of experiencing the world? How do the physical, social and emotional worlds of a person change when they become ill? And can there be well-being within illness? In this remarkable and thought-provoking book, Havi Carel explores these questions by weaving together…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2014 at 17:04 — 1 Comment

Mindfulness for Students

The practice of mindfulness in universities and colleges is a relatively recent development. The Mindfulness for Students Network is made up of mindfulness teachers who are interested in supporting the practice of mindfulness in higher education. They have come together to create a forum for sharing resources, information and good practice.

Visit the website

Added by Jill Anderson on May 7, 2014 at 15:46 — No Comments

Think ahead: meeting the workforce challenges in mental health social work

This report examines the challenges facing mental health social work, and 'offers a blueprint for a fast-track programme that could better recruit and train high-calibre graduates for the profession'.  Any thoughts?

Download the report

Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2014 at 22:08 — No Comments

mhhehub chat for AMHP programme leaders

A chat session for people responsible for Approved Mental Health Professional training programmes will be held on the mhhehub on Thursday 15 May 2014 from 9 - 10am.  To join the chat, just log in to the mhhehub and scroll down for the chat screen.  This chat session is aimed at people who have responsibility for AMHP training programmes and are based in universities, or in joint posts spanning higher education and local authorities or trusts.  It will be facilitated by…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2014 at 11:39 — No Comments


A collection of ideas, examples, information and research about therapeutic mental health inpatient care. 

Visit Wardipedia

Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2014 at 9:27 — No Comments

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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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