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News from Service User Experience in Mental Health Conference

Dr Asad Sadiq from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust speaks on empowering the patient/clinician relationship through a conversational approach

"I, Dr Asad Sadiq, am a Consultant Psychiatrist who works in Bury, UK. I very much value the universal equality of man and am very troubled by the stigma surrounding people with mental health issues. Stigma is often perpetuated by Mental Health Services and I believe that the only way to reduce this is through involvement of service users in the design and provision of services. Obtaining meaningful service user experience information and valuing and utilising this information are central to this. My involvement in the BIG (Bury Involvement Group) in Mental Health has been for 2 years now. The BIG is a group comprised of people with mental health issues and mental health professionals. I and a colleague attend the group every 2 weeks and host a discussion on a wide range of topics. In 2 years we’ve hardly repeated the same topic twice. We have an attendance of between 20 and 35 people. The group has made a big difference on many of its members; indeed the award of “Bury Woman of the Year” for the last two years has gone to members of the group."

Download: Dr Sadiq's Presentation

14 January 2013


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