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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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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Religion and Belief: supporting inclusion of staff and students in higher education and colleges

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 22, 2018 at 8:30 2 Comments

Advance HE has issued a comprehensive new guide: “Religion and Belief: supporting inclusion of staff and students in higher education and colleges" to higher education institutions across the UK, and colleges in Scotland.

The guidance examines a full range of engagements with students, staff and beyond the campus in areas such as access, recruitment and civic responsibilities, providing detailed recommendations which institutions may wish to consider when…

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Patient and Public Involvement and engagement and coproduction - call for papers.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 13, 2018 at 14:51 0 Comments

INVOLVE is currently exploring what is meant by ‘Co-production’ its application in health and social care research varies, revealing a lack of consensus around the concept. Some argue that co-production in research is just ‘really good PPI’, whilst for others it is very different: a much more deliberative process which requires public members and researchers to be involved on an equal footing throughout every stage of the design and delivery of research.…
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Asylum 25.3 is out now

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:10 0 Comments

This special Welfare Rights feature was inspired by discussions with people attempting to navigate the welfare system and has been developed by co-editor Ria Dylan and Danny Taggart.

Asylum cvr 25-3 web image

Asylum 25.3 presents a series of articles that reflect the despair, illness and worse that people have…

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SMaRteN network - project coordinator post

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:06 0 Comments

This role will support the development and coordination of a national student mental health research network, including a Student-led Research Team, ensuring strong stakeholder engagement across the network activities.…

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SMaRteN network

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:04 0 Comments

SMaRteN is a national research network funded by UK Research and Innovation, led by King's College London, focusing on Student Mental Health in Higher Education. Working with researchers with a range of expertise and key stakeholders across the Higher Education sector, its aim is to improve the understanding of student mental health.

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Mad in the UK - launch

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:00 0 Comments

MITUK’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for fundamentally re-thinking theory and practice in the field of mental health in the UK, and promoting positive change.

We believe that the current diagnostically-based paradigm of care has comprehensively failed, and that the future lies in…

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Exploring Experience: Bringing Authentic Voices to Mental Health Teaching

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2018 at 21:00 0 Comments

Exploring Experience has been developed, by the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, to create an accessible and manageable resource to support teaching and study in the field of mental health and distress. Six contributors with experiences of significant distress ("Experts by Experience", or EBE) were recruited through an open strategy, and were paid to prepare the materials on this site. Its creators have…

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Launch of Mad In Asia - online platform

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:14 0 Comments

Mad in Asia is an online platform whose primary mission is to contribute to changing the narrative about madness and mental distress.

Mad in Asia hopes to showcase narratives that are contextually relevant for the Asia region that focus on the inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities as well as challenge the dominance of western biomedical psychiatry and clinical psychology. Led by persons with psychosocial disabilities from Asian countries and in collaboration with…

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Community Open Online Courses (COOCs)

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:08 0 Comments

Community Open Online Courses (COOCs) are an opportunity for people to share their passions, ideas and knowledge with each other.  What learning is created is down to you, the users.  Learning is most enjoyable when it is taught by those with enthusiasm and a desire to share what they know.  The word ‘courses’ is loosely used, there are no exams, no tests, no qualifications required.  The aim is to get people from all parts of the community to generate learning opportunities and to share…

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