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Mental Health Act: What the new code means for service users?

Naomi James Regional Development and Research Manager at NSUN Network for Mental Health spoke at today’s Mental Health Act code of practice conference on:

• ensuring the code is accessible and understandable for service users

• the role of the code is setting out rights

• ensuring the service user voice is heard

• the tension between the concept of ‘recovery’ and the contents and language in the Code

Naomi James’ full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Naomi James is the Regional Development & Research Manager for NSUN the National Survivor User Network. Like all of the independent charities staff and board members she has many years’ experience of mental health services. Naomi's main role is to strengthen and support the direct service user/survivor political voice, reviewing mental health policy & influencing the development of mental health services. Naomi manages several projects including the National involvement partnership involving England wide co-ordination of networking between mental health groups and the development of national standards for involvement. Her on-going PhD study investigates the practice of Participatory Video for Mental Health. Naomi is committed to achieving social justice and her interests are in exploring the condition of possibility for visually (re) authored and recovered narratives through a process of collective witnessing and definitional ceremony.

Naomi’s background is in the Arts with a BA in Fine Art and MA in glass making and video production.

Future conferences of interest:

Psychosis & Schizophrenia in Adults
Monday 8 June 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Illness
Wednesday 1 July 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions
Monday 14 September 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Implementing the national objective to end Prone/Face Down Restraint: Examining Restraint Positions in Practice
Tuesday 22 September 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Thursday 15 October 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Positive and Proactive Care Meeting the New National Guidance on Reducing Seclusion
Tuesday 20 October 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Tuesday 20 October 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Download: Naomi James full presentation

12 May 2015

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