Providing a wealth of experience and knowledge, the panel will be engaging the audience with thought provoking discussion of mental health conditions, and the professionals role, through the vivid medium of film
Professor Carmel Clancy
“My passion is addiction nursing,” says Professor Carmel Clancy, Head of Department, Mental Health, Social Work, and Integrative Medicine. “I want to spread the word and really mobilise nurses and other practitioners to understand that they have a vital public health role in addressing the addiction issue.”
Carmel has dedicated a great deal of her 30-year career to “facilitating a competent workforce that supports communities who are most impacted by addiction and mental health”. She qualified as a general nurse in her home city of Dublin in the early Eighties before moving to London in 1985 where she decided to specialise in mental health nursing with a view to working with young people. A stint in a drug addiction clinic at St George’s Hospital in south London, however, piqued her interest.
“I’ve subsequently always really worked in addiction and mental health,” she says. “I've always gone to the group that needs to be defended the most and addicts, of course, fit that bill.”
She has since undertaken numerous research studies on the subject and taken on many advisory and consulting roles. She is currently an Executive Board Member of the International Nurses Society in Addictions (IntNSA); and has just completed co-chairing a Public Health England steering group, which is about to publish on the role of the nurse in drug and alcohol treatment.
Special Guest: Dolly Sen
As a child, Dolly Sen was an alien in Empire Strikes Back. She knew then she would never know normal life. She is an award-winning writer, artist, performer and filmmaker. She has had 10 books published, and her blogs around art, madness and humour have a huge international following. She has exhibited as an artist and performed internationally, and her films have been shown worldwide, including at the Barbican in London. In her more grown-up role, her training and public speaking around mental health has taken her to The World Health Organisation in Geneva, Oxford University, The Barbican, Mayor of London, University of Westminster, Guys Hospital, The Probation Service and over 100 charity, corporate and statutory organisations
Associate Professor Nicky Lambert
Nicky is an Associate Professor (Practice) at Middlesex University, where she is Director of Teaching and Learning for Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine. She has a professional Twitter feed: (@niadla) and is keen that all people with and interest in mental health engage together as a community to support good practice and challenge discrimination. She has teaching and research interests in women's health, physical and mental health, social media and health education.
Professor Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Dr Trish Hafford-Letchfield is Professor of Social Care at Middlesex. Trish joined Middlesex in 2008 following a long career in statutory social work. She has also held several Third Sector roles as chair of Age UK Greenwich; as coach mentor for managers in older people’s organisations; as Trustee for Ageing and Education 2009-2014 and co-founder and co-chair of the Social Work and Sexuality, International Community of Practice (2004-2016).
Her doctoral studies examined the lifelong learning of older people using social care, which aimed to bring together educational gerontology with social policy and social care. She has authored, co-authored and edited 13 textbooks in leadership, management, sexuality, equalities, ethics and interprofessional practice and educational gerontology. She is also an active researcher on professional education, adult social care and LGBT issues in social work and social care. where she has published extensively.
Her specialist research interests are in cross-disciplinary support for improving the quality of care for older people in marginalised communities. She has a particular interest in using the arts to promote community engagement and has pioneered innovative pedagogies to develop collaborative models of practice and inclusive research design.
Dr Sarah Carr
Dr Sarah Carr is Associate Professor of Mental Health Research. She has nearly 20 years experience of research, knowledge management and policy analysis in mental health and social care.
Sarah worked for the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) as a Senior Research Analyst and as interim Joint Head of Participation. Sarah has also worked in research and knowledge roles at the National Institute for Social Work, Oxleas NHS Trust and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health.
Sarah has particular expertise in service user participation, co-production and equality and has published widely on these topics. She was a member of the NIHR INVOLVE standing committee, supporting public and patient involvement in research. She has lived experience of mental health service use and was a member of the Guideline Development Group for NICE CG136: Service user experience in adult mental health.
Sarah also specialises in personalisation (person-centred practice and personal budgets), the social aspects of mental health, user and specialist community organisations, evidence-based practice, policy and research analysis and literature reviewing. In 2008 she authored Personalisation: A rough guide, a foundational policy implementation guide for the adult social care sector and led a five year personalisation work programme at the Social Care Institute for Excellence. In 2012, Sarah was a member of the NICE Topic Expert Group for the Dementia Social Care Quality Standard pilot.
Sarah holds Honorary academic posts including Senior Lecturer at the School for Social Policy, Birmingham and Visiting Fellow at the School of Social Policy and Social Work at York where she co-chairs the Lived Experience Advisory Panel at the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research. Sarah was formerly Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Government and Charity Management, Faculty of Business, London South Bank University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.