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An inaugural lecture by Professor Di Bailey, School of Social Sciences

The Power of participation for Mental Wealth: Improving outcomes through involvement

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In this inaugural lecture, Professor Di Bailey will discuss service user involvement in mental health services and how they have been supported nationally and internationally by government policies that recognise the value of such involvement for contemporary care delivery.

  • From: Thursday 22 October 2015, 5.30 pm
  • To: Thursday 22 October 2015, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Over the past three decades service user involvement in mental health services has become the norm, supported nationally and internationally by government policies that recognise the value of such involvement for contemporary care delivery.

Professor Bailey has led the pioneering of service user involvement in a range of settings, including universities providing mental health education and training, prisons, primary care and other health care organisations. Latterly her work has focused on using participatory action research for improving mental health outcomes for individuals with complex needs.

This inaugural lecture will draw together lessons learned from three different projects where service user involvement has been at the centre of innovation. It will explore how shifting power from the professionals to those who use mental health services can achieve personal and organisational change which can transform health and wellbeing outcomes.

As government seeks to find ways to respond to the increasing demands on health and social care services, Professor Bailey will explore how encouraging such active participation, particularly from those with the most complex mental health needs in their care, offers a way forward to promote mental wealth in the context of limited resources for care delivery.

Prior to joining Nottingham Trent University in 2010, Professor Bailey held the position of Reader in Social Work at Durham University from 2005, and in 2006 she became the first National Social Care Lead for the Mental Health Research Network in England.

Between 1995 and 2005, Professor Bailey was employed by the University of Birmingham where she held the role of Principal Lecturer in Mental Health. In 2002, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy and in 2003 she received an award from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. Both of these awards were in recognition of Professor Bailey's excellence in interdisciplinary mental health education.

Professor Bailey is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and a Chartered Member of the CIPD. She is the Editor in Chief for the Journal of Mental Health Training Education and Practice and a registered social worker with the HCPC.


  • 5.45 pm - Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 6:15 pm - Inaugural lecture
  • 7:15 pm - Drinks reception
  • 7.45 pm - Close

Booking information

This event is free to attend but placed are limited so we recommend you book your place as soon as possible.

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Location details


Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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