Booking now open for the Take the Lead conference
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We are pleased to announce that booking has now opened for the Take the Lead conference on 27th September 2017 in Stoke on Trent. This conference is for anyone with lived or professional experience of mental illness, or an interest in effective mental health care.
The emphasis nowadays is increasingly on the idea of person-centred care, that – as the Care Act insists – the individual is the person best-placed to judge their own wellbeing, But this has to be more than lip-service.
• How can people experiencing mental illness insist on having their real needs met?
• How can relatives / friends who care for individuals support them in accessing what they are entitled to?
• How can services ensure that ‘involvement’ is meaningful and that care is individually tailored?
The national picture for both clinical and support services:
Andrew Hodges, Rethink’s Chief Operating Officer / Deputy Chief Executive, will give us a comprehensive and realistic account of the current
national picture and what future developments are likely to be. This understanding is essential for anyone wishing to access or provide the best care available in these difficult times and will enable us to see individual situations in the wider context of national mental healthcare
The new legal framework for care
Doug Feery is a barrister with many years’ experience of public, mental health, mental capacity and community care law and provides regular training to the range of professionals involved in this work. He will give an up-to-date analysis of the impact of relevant statutes and recent case law, particularly with regard to the Care Act 2014, the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act, in a way that is easily understood, and with an emphasis on how the law can be user to access what individuals need.
What does real involvement look like?
The Rethink Participation Team will draw on its expertise and experience to explain how they support genuine involvement both strategically and on the ground, with stories and evidence from a range of successful group and peer-led initiatives.
Smaller group sessions
Heather Robson, Rethink’s advocacy lead for the North of England, and colleagues Amy Brown and Louis Hotchkiss, will provide a comprehensive overview of statutory advocacy provision under the Care Act, the Mental Health Act, and the Mental Capacity Act, with an explanation of entitlement to advocacy services and how best to make use of them. In addition, the Lancashire Carer group will detail the self- and peer-advocacy strategies which have successfully empowered their group members to insist on appropriate care for the people they support.
Interactions with clinicians
Dr. James Kelly, Clinical Psychologist with the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Early Intervention service, will give an entertaining but highly informative talk about compassion-focused therapy, as a basis for enabling people to feel more confident and assertive in their interactions with clinicians.
Laura Peters, Rethink’s Advice and Information Service manager and her team will give us an insight into how mental-health specific information is provided, today’s most significant problems, and how to make best use of this unique and award-winning service.
How to book
This conference is free to Rethink Mental Illness members or £30 to non-members.
Click here to download your booking form now. Not a member? Join now for as little as £6 a year.
We recommend early booking, but by September 18th at the latest! Please complete the booking form/membership form included and send your completed forms to StokeConference@rethink.org
or post to:
Rethink Mental Illness
Taunton TA1 4BH