Associate Professor, University of Nottingham
Often described as the optimist of the network, I see my role as offering a positive energy to the activity and potential of the group. This has involved maintaining momentum, co-ordinating the dissemination of our work, collaborating with others interested in similar ideas and pursuing funding opportunities to transfer our discussions into action. My primary interest is on the factors that influence the maintenance and expression of humanistic values amongst healthcare practitioners which gives me an enthusiasm to explore alternative ways of working through opportunity for critical dialogue in education and practice.
Associate Professor, University of Nottingham
As the practical minded member of the group I am well practiced in grounding discussions and capturing lively debate. The network enables me to further my research, education and practice interests in critical perspectives on the impact of risk in mental health practice. I drive the direction of the network towards an explicit focus on enhancing the presence of service users in decision making.
Clinical Psychologist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
As a clinician working within the NHS with adults with mental health difficulties my hope is to bring knowledge and experience of day to day clinical practice to discussions within the group and always think about how theory and research will relate to the clinical setting. I have a particular interest in the impact of power on individuals and systems, both within and outside of the mental health system. I also hope to bring a questioning approach to the dominant models which currently influence mental healthcare.
Staff Nurse, Cygnet Health Care, Derby
I graduated in 2015 with a masters in Nursing (mental health). For my dissertation I completed a critical review of the shared decision making literature, discussing the facilitators and barriers of share decision making being implemented into mental health care practice. I am currently employed in a secure mental health service, which I hope will bring an understanding of values based practice in secure settings as well as service user involvement in a care provision which can be more restrictive than other inpatient settings due to the nature of the risks involved with the clientèle. I also hope that my involvement with the research group will increase the evidence-based practice.
Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
My interests lie in critical theory and implementing changes to mental health practice in order to make it more inclusive and humane. I am interested in the approach of values-based practice and particularly in uniting an emphasis on working with conflicting values alongside a critique of power. My focus is mainly on providing and finding innovative ways of teaching practitioners how to work creatively and inclusively with values in conflict, alongside approaches such as co-production and shared decision-making.
Service Manager, POhWER
Coming from an advocacy and voluntary sector perspective, I am interested in the lived experience of people with mental disabilities, particularly regarding the relationship between individual, services, society and state, as well as the voluntary sector’s role in delivering improved outcomes for people with mental disabilities. Interest in issues such as involuntary detention and treatment, health equity, social determinants of illness, social equality, and de-institutionalisation are framed by my broader interests in public policy, social care law, philosophy and related themes of liberty, human rights, mental capacity, decision-making and autonomy.
In terms of the C-VBP-Network, my main interests lie in questions around the possibility of value-sharing between patients, families and professionals in situations traditionally characterised by power imbalance. Overall, I am interested in furthering the ambition and reach of patient and service user led initiatives, co-production in services and participatory approaches to research leading to real changes in health and social care practice.
Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of East London
I am a critical (social) psychologist. Critical psychology challenges mainstream psychology and attempts to apply psychological understandings in more progressive ways, often looking towards social change as a means of preventing and supporting mental health problems. In line with this, I am particularly concerned that conventional psychology fails to consider, or deliberately ignores, the way power differences between social classes and groups can impact the mental and physical well-being of individuals or groups of people. And the way it often also ignores the role of values in psychological intervention. The C-VBP-N allows me to empirically explore these issues in mental health care and to, hopefully, influence practice.