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.
Community Mental Health Nurse, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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.
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.
Involvement & Experience Lead, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
I work within Involvement & Experience in the NHS, often referred to as Patient & Public Involvement (PPI). I have a particular interest in service change; how do we find the bright ideas, how would that idea work and what might be the barriers to change?
Co-Production is very open to interpretation but my work has mainly been in this area ensuring service users and carers have a voice within decision making across the NHS. I have become more interested recently in collaboration and how we can best facilitate this way of working, especially in the context the NHS finds itself in.
In terms of the C-VBP-Network I believe I have a very practical role in ensuring the processes and projects that we are involved in are collaborative and are led by value-sharing between all parties.
Assistant Professor in Social Work, University of Nottingham
As a social work educator and practising Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) I bring a social care perspective to the group, strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration. With a background in mental health and learning disabilities, I have a keen interest in values-based practice and social approaches to mental distress. Tensions between human rights, self-advocacy, professional integrity and the use of compulsion under the Mental Health Act 1983 are also areas of interest, as is the relationship between the state, social work and social justice.
I’m proud to be working with this C-VBP-Network in challenging power structures which constrain ethical practice and collaborating with those who have lived experience of mental distress to seek positive change.
Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Queensland
Dr Amy Johnston currently holds a conjoint senior research fellow/senior lecturer position between Metro South Hospital & Health Service, Department of Emergency Medicine (based at Princess Alexandra hospital) and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. Her teaching role is centred on the Masters of Nursing studies (for registration). For the past 4 years she worked across the academic and healthcare environments to conduct her own research as well as supporting clinicians to develop the skills and confidence to participate in, and conduct research projects relevant to their clinical work. Amy is a neurobiologist and nurse with extensive teaching and research experience and a particular interest in Emergency Department service delivery and patient flow. She also has an enduring interest in the scholarship of clinical learning and teaching, particularly focused on the biosciences. She has been contributing to nursing bioscience teaching for more than 25 years (since the inception of nursing degree programs in Australia). Her wide experience has helped her develop a broadening national and international profile. She has co-authored in excess of 70 publications, 100 abstracts, between awarded approximately $0.6million in grant funding, and supported 3 PhD candidates to completion with another 4 currently working towards their PhD qualifications. Her H-index is 17 (Scopus), google scholar is 21, with i10 index of 27.
Researcher ID B-2931-2010