Jill Anderson's Blog – February 2013 Archive (31)

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

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

DSM-V and beyond: a special issue of Feminism and Psychology

A special issue of Feminism and Psychology has been published on the topic “DSM-5 and beyond: A critical feminist engagement with psychodiagnosis.” Jeanne Marecek and Nicola Gavey’s introduction to the special issue is available for free download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2013 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Service Users' Experiences of CPA and Recovery

Service users' experiences of recovery under the 2008 Care Programme Approach

This study was set up by the Mental Health Foundation, in partnership with NSUN, and was conducted by Dorothy Gould, the project lead, and Sarah Yiannoullou, NSUN’s Managing Director. The study explored how effective service users find the Care Programme Approach in promoting recovery as they understand it.

Study participants were service users and survivors of 18 and above who have…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2013 at 14:31 — 1 Comment

Higher Education Empirical Research Database

The Higher Education Empirical Research (HEER) database comprises summaries of the latest published research on a range of topics related to higher education. It is intended for use by policy-makers, academics and researchers in higher education.

The database is fully searchable by theme, publisher and date. It is free to register.

As a registered user you gain access to the full summaries and subscription options…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2013 at 12:16 — No Comments

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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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