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Description - Changing Outcomes in Psychosis by Richard Velleman

Clinical psychologists, mental health nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and mental health social workers are all trained to work with people with people with mental health problems, using a range of psychosocial interventions in a range of settings, including outreach work and family work. There is currently a strong movement in the NHS is to include carers and service users (formerly known as patients) as far as possible when planning clinical care - this is known as the "User/Survivor movement", and forms part of government policy. It seems set to become ever more prevalent over the next few years. This book aims to be the first to truly reflect this new approach, and to demonstrate its power, providing practitioners in service and training with guidance of how best to implement a truly collaborative approach. The book would be the result of collaboration between mental health practitioners from a range of disciplines, service users and carers. The book presents a range of chapters each describing an episode of care, which will be co-authored by users/carers and professionals, capturing the benefits of a true alliance between the service user and their clinical worker. The aim of the book is to describe in detail the skills and knowledge bases for the work in psychosis at individual, family and group level, crossing different service settings. It will do this by presenting a series of "cases" of psychosocial interventions, including direct feedback from users and carers about each of the case studies. The cases will be topped and tailed by introductions and conclusions, examining implications for practice and policy. The book will be useful to both practitioners and to health professionals in training. Nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and of course service users and their carers will form part of the author team.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405126410
ISBN-10: 1405126418
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 172mm x 21mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Velleman

Richard Velleman is Professor of Mental Health Research at the University of Bath (UoB), a consultant clinical psychologist with the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), and Director of the AWP/UoB Mental Health Research and Development Unit. His previous books include Clinical Handbook of Co-existing Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Problems (edited, with Amanda Baker, 2006). Eric Davis is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of West of England (UWE) and a consultant clinical psychologist with the Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust. He is the Trust lead, and the National Institute for Mental Health, England (NIMHE) southwest associate, for early intervention in psychosis and helped to set up the Integrated Approaches to Serious Mental Illness course at the University of Gloucestershire. Gina Smith is a consultant nurse with the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and is the Trust lead for psychosocial interventions. She is a co-facilitator on the Integrated Approaches to Serious Mental Illness course at the University of Gloucestershire and is the Clinical Director of Studies for the postgraduate programme in mental health practice at the University of Bath. Michael Drage is a carer who has been involved with the Family Work for Psychosis service in the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust for many years, both as someone receiving help from the service, and as a key participant in training and information courses about the family work service. He is now a lead carer-researcher with the AWP's Family Work for Psychosis service.

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