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Editorial enormously from this opportunity to determine how best to meet their needs. Robin Murray-Neill and colleagues provide a nuanced and expert overview of the scheme, but also flag up some current and future problems. What’s it like to be a manager within the mental health system and, at the same time, a service user? Richard Hayes draws out some lessons from a learning set he facilitated for managers working in mental health Adam Pozner organisations who are current or recent recipients of the services provided by these agencies. His article provides valuable insights into what it is like to operate in both worlds. Promoting social inclusion for individuals within forensic services is always going to be more challenging than for other groups within the mental health system. Jan Hutchinson, Vocational Services Manager with South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, describes s always, this issue covers a wide terrain. Janette how they have tackled this within the Trust. Judith Hammond Hynes describes the highly innovative Positive It is increasingly recognised that service users can play a A Mental Attitude (PMA) Football League, a key role in the modernisation of mental health services. In London-wide football league of teams whose players are all South Essex, a group of current and former service users individuals recovering from mental health problems. called SE-SURG has done just this, undertaking a Football is used here as a tool to overcome stigma and comprehensive consultation process with local service users exclusion, but also bridging the gap between hospital and regarding the re-commissioning of day and employment community living, and helping individuals regain control services. Jenny Secker, Mark Tebbs and SE-SURGE members of their lives. consider the multiple benefits of service user involvement in In previous issues, we have examined the roles that the modernisation process, from the perspectives of both particular professions – eg. clinical psychologists and commissioners and service user researchers. Mee Ling Ng psychiatrists – can have in promoting social inclusion and In the last issue, Mark Bertram outlined findings from recovery. Continuing this theme, occupational therapists a user survey in South London which showed that the Hilary Dowling and Ailsa Hutchinson explore the important concept of social inclusion means different things to roles that OTs have in encouraging their clients to take different people. Continuing this theme, Peter Huxley and mainstream opportunities in their local communities. colleagues at the University of Swansea use the process of Although stigma and discrimination experienced by ‘concept mapping’ to explore further the meaning of social people with mental health problems has undoubtedly inclusion – this time gathering views from a wider group declined in recent years, the struggle to raise awareness is of users, professionals and the general population. The likely to be a long one. Ben Furner describes the ultimate aim is to develop a measuring instrument, the challenging work of the Shift Speakers Bureau, a volunteer Social and Communities Opportunities Profile (SCOPE), databank of around 40 people with mental health which will enable services and their users to assess the conditions or carers who are ready to talk to the media, in extent to which they are achieving social inclusion. an effort to inform and influence, helping to increase Finally, Rebecca Mitchell from the National Social understanding around living with mental distress. Inclusion Programme provides her regular update on Direct payments can be a highly effective way for giving government policy and action on social inclusion. people control over the resources that would otherwise pay for services provided to them. Many have benefited Adam Pozner A life in the day Volume 12 Issue 3 August 2008 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A Life in the Day Emerald Publishing

Editorial

A Life in the Day , Volume 12 (3): 1 – Aug 1, 2008

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Emerald Publishing
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enormously from this opportunity to determine how best to meet their needs. Robin Murray-Neill and colleagues provide a nuanced and expert overview of the scheme, but also flag up some current and future problems. What’s it like to be a manager within the mental health system and, at the same time, a service user? Richard Hayes draws out some lessons from a learning set he facilitated for managers working in mental health Adam Pozner organisations who are current or recent recipients of the services provided by these agencies. His article provides valuable insights into what it is like to operate in both worlds. Promoting social inclusion for individuals within forensic services is always going to be more challenging than for other groups within the mental health system. Jan Hutchinson, Vocational Services Manager with South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, describes s always, this issue covers a wide terrain. Janette how they have tackled this within the Trust. Judith Hammond Hynes describes the highly innovative Positive It is increasingly recognised that service users can play a A Mental Attitude (PMA) Football League, a key role in the modernisation of mental health services. In London-wide football league of teams whose players are all South Essex, a group of current and former service users individuals recovering from mental health problems. called SE-SURG has done just this, undertaking a Football is used here as a tool to overcome stigma and comprehensive consultation process with local service users exclusion, but also bridging the gap between hospital and regarding the re-commissioning of day and employment community living, and helping individuals regain control services. Jenny Secker, Mark Tebbs and SE-SURGE members of their lives. consider the multiple benefits of service user involvement in In previous issues, we have examined the roles that the modernisation process, from the perspectives of both particular professions – eg. clinical psychologists and commissioners and service user researchers. Mee Ling Ng psychiatrists – can have in promoting social inclusion and In the last issue, Mark Bertram outlined findings from recovery. Continuing this theme, occupational therapists a user survey in South London which showed that the Hilary Dowling and Ailsa Hutchinson explore the important concept of social inclusion means different things to roles that OTs have in encouraging their clients to take different people. Continuing this theme, Peter Huxley and mainstream opportunities in their local communities. colleagues at the University of Swansea use the process of Although stigma and discrimination experienced by ‘concept mapping’ to explore further the meaning of social people with mental health problems has undoubtedly inclusion – this time gathering views from a wider group declined in recent years, the struggle to raise awareness is of users, professionals and the general population. The likely to be a long one. Ben Furner describes the ultimate aim is to develop a measuring instrument, the challenging work of the Shift Speakers Bureau, a volunteer Social and Communities Opportunities Profile (SCOPE), databank of around 40 people with mental health which will enable services and their users to assess the conditions or carers who are ready to talk to the media, in extent to which they are achieving social inclusion. an effort to inform and influence, helping to increase Finally, Rebecca Mitchell from the National Social understanding around living with mental distress. Inclusion Programme provides her regular update on Direct payments can be a highly effective way for giving government policy and action on social inclusion. people control over the resources that would otherwise pay for services provided to them. Many have benefited Adam Pozner A life in the day Volume 12 Issue 3 August 2008 © Pavilion Journals (Brighton) Ltd

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