Values Based Practice Collaborating Centre
KWM (Bill) Fulford, Fellow of St Catherine’s College and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford; and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick Medical School. Previous posts include Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Oxford, and Special Adviser for Values-Based Practice in the Department of Health. Faculty of Philosophy and St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
I developed the theory of values-based practice in Moral Theory and Medical Practice (1989) and have since worked with both clinical and service user colleagues to develop its applications initially in mental health and now in other areas of healthcare: see Essential Values-based Practice: Clinical Stories Linking Science with People (co-authored with Ed Peile and Heidi Carroll, 2012). As a member of the network I would contribute an understanding of the philosophical theory underpinning values-based practice and provide a link to the resources of the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice at St Catherine’s College (valuesbasedpractice.org).
University of Leeds
Dr Pamela Fisher is a sociologist in the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds. Her work focuses on critical understandings of ‘resilience’ and resistance amongst communities which are marginalised for reasons related to mental health, disability, social disadvantage, and social and political stigma. Her work often identifies spaces (both literal and metaphorical) in which marginalised groups develop collective forms of ‘resilience’ and resistance which often challenge normative understandings. Equally, Pamela is interested in emergent ways of working health and social care which are based on the principles of power-sharing and democratic professionalism. Pamela is widely published in peer reviewed journals: indicative publications include Fisher, P. and Lees, J. (2015) Narrative approaches in mental health: Preserving the emancipatory tradition, Health; Fisher, P. and Freshwater D. (2014) Towards compassionate care through aesthetic rationality, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. In 2015 she gained funding from the ESRC for a seminar series entitled Re-imagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production. This project was developed jointly with a range of relevant partners: third sector organisations and service users and carers; public organisations, including NHS Trusts, and Universities. The aim of the seminar series is to develop new understanding and approaches which enable authentic power-sharing within mental health care. It is this project which has led to collaboration with the C-VBP-N.