Digital mental health: what's happening now? - EMPOWER and beyond

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The Albany Learning and Conference Centre (GCVS)

44 Ashley Street


G3 6DS

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A highly participative afternoon that will feature presentations, discussion and the chance to help direct the development of future tech.

About this Event

Interested in psychosis? Wondering what digital technology can offer people who experience psychosis? Maybe you have some thoughts on how that technology might look like and, importantly, how we can best safeguard its use both now and in the future within the NHS? We’d like to invite you to an event where you can hear about these topics and share your views on future digital approaches to staying well and recovery.

Expect an afternoon of thought-provoking presentations as well as plenty of group discussions and the chance to ask our panel of speakers any questions you might have in this area. You will have the opportunity to hear about the EMPOWER study which blended a mobile phone app with peer support for people with experiences of psychosis.

This event is aimed at people in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area including:

• People with lived experience of mental health problems, including psychosis.

• Those providing, influencing, or developing mental health services.

• Informal carers and family members of people affected by mental health problems.

• Academics and people with an interest in digital innovation in health and social care.

From the outset, Stakeholders’ (Users, Carers and Clinicians) voices and opinions have been central to informing EMPOWER so we’re excited to hear your thoughts on how EMPOWER will develop in the future.

The programme

Contributors on the day will include:

• Professor Andrew Gumley, University of Glasgow

• Dr Simon Bradstreet, University of Glasgow

• Stephanie Allan, University of Glasgow

The event will conclude with an opportunity to ask all the day’s presenters questions during a Q&A chaired by

The aims of this free event are to:

• Increase understanding about opportunities and challenges in the innovative use of digital technologies in psychosis.

• Increase awareness of the EMPOWER study, share findings so far and hear delegates views on its future development

• Identify opportunities to develop collaborative practice in digital technology, which can enhance empowerment, engagement and recovery.

• Generate discussions and hear delegates views around the wider development of mobile health interventions in mental health services.

The venue

Further information on the venue and travel arrangements can be found here

ORDER OF EVENTS: (subject to change)


1pm – “An introduction to the event” – *Speaker tbc*

1.15pm – “Digital tech and psychosis: challenges, ethics and opportunities” - Stephanie Allan, University of Glasgow

1.30pm – "Digital technology and psychosis: the challenges and opportunities facing us" - Round table discussions

1.55pm - Reflections on morning discussions and intro to EMPOWER - *Speaker tbc*

2.00 pm- Refreshment break and the opportunity for delegates to try out the EMPOWER app

2.30pm – EMPOWER - "What we did, how we got there and what the future could hold" Professor Andrew Gumley and Dr Simon Bradstreet

3.00pm - "How do you see EMPOWER developing and why?" Visions for EMPOWER 2.0 - Round table discussions

3.25pm – Panel Q&A and room discussion. Chair: *tbc*


EMPOWER Study info:

Click EMPOWER Study to find out more

Please follow us on Twitter: @EMPOWER_EWS


When does the event start?

Registration and lunch open at 12:30 with event starting promptly at 1pm

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Suzy Syrett at email: or by phone 0141 330 5216 if you have any questions about this event.

Why is this event aimed at people in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde?

This event is aimed at people in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area to help us achieve research and public engagement objectives.

If you are not based within this area but are interested in attending, then please contact the Suzy Syrett by email: or by phone: 0141 330 5216 to discuss further.

What are the catering arrangements?

Lunch, teas and coffees will be provided for delegates free of charge

Speaker biographies:

Andrew Gumley is Professor of Psychological Therapy in Glasgow Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Interim NHS Research Scotland Mental Health Network Lead and Chief Investigator of the EMPOWER Trial.

Dr Simon Bradstreet is a post-doctoral research fellow in the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing. As Trial Manager on the EMPOWER study he has responsibility for the day to day management of the trial and for leading a research team to deliver on a complex multi-phase study. He also has wider research interests in recovery, peer support, stigma and self-management and brings significant experience from previous policy and influencing roles. This includes experience gained over twelve years as the Director of the influential Scottish Recovery Network.

Steph Allan is a PhD student completing a process evaluation of the EMPOWER study which foregrounds the experience of end users. Steph has wider research interests in implementation science and mental health inequality

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