Speaker: Dr Rachel Perkins, OBE, Senior Consultant, Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC)
Chair: Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Disability Advisory Committee
Social inclusion and participation are central to enabling those of us who live with mental health challenges to recover a meaningful, valued and satisfying life.
This involves not only having access to opportunities that exist within communities, but also being a valued member of those communities and, most importantly having the opportunity to contribute: always being on the receiving end of help and support is a demoralising and dispiriting place to be.
There are many ways of contributing to our communities, but employment – having a job – is the most widely recognised and socially valued and most people with mental health challenges want a job, not the ‘sheltered workshops’ and seemingly endless ‘work training’ that we have traditionally been offered.
This seminar will explore the importance of employment and evidence based ‘Individual Placement and Support’ that enables many people from different communities to realise their ambitions.
About the Speaker:
Dr Rachel Perkins lives and works with mental health challenges and has written and spoken widely on the recovery and social inclusion of people living with mental health challenges.
She has been involved in the development of employment programmes for people experiencing mental health and related challenges for over 40 years. In 1999 she established the first Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service in the UK and in 2009 she led an independent review for the UK Government entitled “Realising ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental health condition”.
In 2010 she was awarded an OBE for services to mental health and voted ‘Mind Champion of the Year’.
Since her retirement from the NHS she does training and consultancy work for ImROC and chairs the IPS London Network and the Disability Advisory Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
She is co-editor of the journal Mental Health and Social Inclusion, a non-executive director of Health Employment Partnerships and the Recovery Focus Group, and is and a member of the national IPS Grow Expert Forum.
How to Register:
To book a place please email Doria Pilling for a link to the seminar.
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