Speaker: Vidhya Alakeson, Director of Research and Strategy, Resolution Foundation and Rachel Perkins, OBE, Freelance Consultant and Chair of Equality 2025
Location: Room AG03, City University London, College Building, St John Street, EC1V 4PB
Each year the the Division of Health Services Research and Management at City University London runs a series of events and seminars which provide a platform for academics, practitioners and service users to discuss developments on best practice and help promote social inclusion for disabled people and others at risk of social exclusion, through research, teaching and consultancy. Previous topics have included: welfare at work, disability services in an age of austerity, challenges for the third sector, insurance and social inclusion.
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Personalisation and recovery are part of a common agenda for mental health system transformation. At their core, both are rooted in self-determination and reclaiming the rights of full citizenship for people with a lived experience of mental health problems. In doing so, both challenge the current predominance of professional, clinical knowledge over the expertise of lived experience in the mental health system and require significant changes in the culture, practice and organisation of mental health services. Central to personalisation are personal budgets (PB) in social care and personal health budgets (PHB) in the NHS. PBs and PHBs give individuals and their carers greater say over the way in which their health and social care needs are met. They do this by transferring control of public resources to individuals rather than the state commissioning services on their behalf. This seminar will explore personal budgets and personal health budgets as important tools for recovery.
Rachel Perkins is a freelance consultant and a member of the 'Implementing Recovery - Organisational Change' project team (a programme to help organisations to develop recovery-focused practice commissioned by the Department of Health and delivered by a partnership between the NHS Confederation and Centre for Mental Health). She was formerly the Director of Quality Assurance and User Experience at South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust, and is a clinical psychologist and long term user of mental health services
Vidhya Alakeson works part time as a freelance consultant on issues related to mental health and personalisation in public services. She led the national learning set for personal health budgets for mental health supported by the Department of Health and the NHS Confederation. She is chair of the advisory group for a major US study into personal health budgets for mental health. Between 2006 and 2010, she was the mental health policy lead for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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