May 2018 Blog Posts (12)

Applied Sociology curriculum launched

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…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 — No Comments

The Rosamund Snow Prize

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…
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Added by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

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…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 — No Comments

Asylum 25.2 - out now!

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…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 — No Comments

Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

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…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 — No Comments

Building critical bridges - Call for papers

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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Added by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

Action Research - a guide for associate lecturers

This booklet is part of the Practical Pedagogy series from the Centre for Outcomes-Based Education. The series aims to promote good practice and offer practical advice in learning, teaching and curriculum development.

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 24, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

#socialcarefuture

#socialcarefuture is an informal and volunteer-run platform for all wishing to bring about major positive change in what is currently called “social care.”  It is for those who want to take part in imagining, creating and communicating a future where what we currently call social care makes a major contribution to the health, well-being and success of people, communities and our economy –  a future in which the public recognise it as something to be invested in because it is important…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2018 at 20:18 — No Comments

Design in Mental Health Network

The DiMHN is a not-for-profit, social enterprise company with charitable
aims and is open to anyone with an interest in the design of mental health
facilities. We do mean anyone – from architects to nursing staff, from
building contractors to service users. If you’re interested, and everyone
should be, you’re welcome.

Further details

Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2018 at 19:38 — No Comments

They heard voices - documentary

Is schizophrenia hard science or an arbitrary, catch-all term with no real meaning? What does it mean for those experiencing psychosis?

The film is a series of wide-ranging interviews with voice hearers, medical historians, anthropologists and psychiatrists from Britain and America.

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2018 at 19:38 — No Comments

A Fragmented Pathway. Experiences of the South Asian Community and the Dementia Care Pathway: A Care Giver’s Journey

A Fragmented Pathway. Experiences of the South Asian Community and the Dementia Care Pathway: A Care Giver’s Journey demonstrates the reality of what families must go through to get the right care, in the right place, at the right time and challenges the assumption that “they look after their own, don’t they”.

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 15, 2018 at 18:20 — No Comments

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act: Interim report

An Independent Review of the Mental Health Act is in process.  A summary of the work so far has just been published: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-the-mental-health-act-interim-report

Akiko Hart has written a personal…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 2, 2018 at 20:13 — No Comments

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Humanising health and social care - some links

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 5, 2018 at 14:29 0 Comments

Some links to project with a focus on the mental health of mental health professionals and/or humanising health and social care. 

Action for Careforce Wellbeing

https://survivingwork.org/action-for-care-worker-wellbeing/

In2gr8mentalhealth

Destigmatising the experience of mental ill-health in mental health professionals…

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Keeping Control - animation

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 3, 2018 at 10:10 0 Comments

This animation was commissioned to disseminate the findings from a research project carried out at Middlesex University.Keeping control

The project set out to address an important gap in research and practice knowledge relating to ‘disability hate crime’, targeted violence and hostility against people with mental health…

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Alternatives to Coercion in Mental Health Settings - Literature Review

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 3, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

A Melbourne Social Equity Institute research team is examining ways of avoiding coercive practices to ensure people experiencing mental health crises are treated with dignity and respect.  Most recently, the team undertook a systematic review of global practices that aim to reduce, prevent and end…

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Kindness, Emotions and Human Relationships - the blind spot in public policy: new report

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 3, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

There is growing recognition of the importance of kindness and relationships for societal wellbeing. But talking about kindness does not fit easily within the rational lexicon of public policy. 

Julia Unwin’s report, for the Carnegie Trust, Kindness, emotions and human…

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Journal of autoethnography for health and social care.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2018 at 17:32 0 Comments

This journal aims to provide a forum for opening intellectual curiousity and exploration via auto ethnographic enquiry. The journal casts a critical eye over the material, social, cultural and political worlds we inhabit.

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Keeping Control - animation

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 12, 2018 at 11:00 0 Comments

IF BAD THINGS HAPPEN AND THEN YOU ARE NOT HELPED OR PROTECTED THAT MAKES IT MUCH WORSE

This animation was commissioned to disseminate the findings from a research project carried out at Middlesex…

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Action for Care Workers' Wellbeing

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 12, 2018 at 10:30 1 Comment

Yesterday, on World Mental Health Day (10 October 2018), Action for Care-Workers Wellbeing (ACW) was launched.

Facilitated by BASW, ACW is a collaborative network of professionals from the NHS and social care who represent a wide range of key UK caring professions (Nursing, General Practice, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Paramedics).

The group’s aim is to raise awareness of stress and burnout within the health and social care workforce, identify solutions, and propose…

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Abstracts and reviewers wanted: International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2018 at 10:14 0 Comments

The 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health takes place in York next July. It is an opportunity for social work practitioners, researchers, service users and carers to come together to discuss practice innovations, research and futures for social work in the spheres of health and…
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Upcoming changes to the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts: video of SCIE webinar

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 27, 2018 at 15:17 0 Comments

In September 2018, SCIE hosted a webinar to discuss the forthcoming changes to the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. The webinar reflected on the important changes in how people's rights are protected. A panel of policy and practice experts in both pieces of legislation helped practitioners, academics and others reflect on these important changes.

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Minds, Madness, Medicine: should we change the way we treat mental illnesses? - video of debate at the Hay festival

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2018 at 7:42 0 Comments

Deaths from heart disease have fallen by almost two thirds since the 1960s.Yet outcomes for those with mental illness, from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, have not improved for decades. Is this because we have the wrong diagnoses? Might neuroscience provide more precise descriptions and therefore more effective treatment? Or is mental health too complex for us to understand it in mere…

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