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Looking at illness in a very different way: psychiatrists' views of mental health recovery. Seminar with Dr Tom Shakespeare.





With the development of recovery-based services (e.g. Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (IMROC) programme to support local NHS and independent mental health service providers to become more ‘recovery’ oriented) and service-user involvement. it is important to gauge the attitudes of different mental health professionals.

In this seminar, Dr Tom Shakespeare reports on a recent qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 11 psychiatrists in the East of England. This found that psychiatrists were broadly positive and supportive of service user involvement. In particular, interviewees could forsee a range of possible benefits of employing peer support workers, but also had concerns regarding their implementation and management.


Dr Tom Shakespeare, Senior Lecturer, Medical Sociology, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (UEA)

Dr Tom Shakespeare is a prominent campaigner for the rights of disabled people. He has had a long involvement with the disabled people’s movement in UK and internationally. He has also been active in arts and culture, and was a member of Arts Council England from 2003-2008. While at Newcastle University, from 1999 to 2008, he developed an interest in science communication and public engagement.

Dr Shakespeare's primary research focus is on qualitative research about the lives of disabled people and the barriers that they face. He is currently Principal Investigator on an ESRC project on social relationships in personal assistance. His secondary interest is social and ethical aspects of genetics. He spent five years, 2008-2013, at the World Health Organization, Geneva, as Technical officer in the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability.

While there, Dr Shakespeare helped to produce and launch key reports such as the World Report on Disability (WHO 2011) and International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (WHO 2013), and was responsible for the UN statement on forced, coerced and otherwise involuntary sterilization (WHO 2014). His books include Disability Rights and Wrongs and Disability Research Today.

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1.00pm - 2.15pmFriday 22nd January 2016

C309 Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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Doria Pilling

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