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ESRC Seminar Series: Education, training and supervision for co-production

School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University

Friday, 27 October 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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We warmly invite you to participate in the 7th seminar of the series.  In collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Huddersfield. This event will be held at the University of Huddersfield.

Encouraging debate across boundaries between service users/survivors and carers, academics, and professionals from voluntary and public organisations.

This seminar will explore conceptual frameworks for a redifinition of professionalism based on coproduction and power-sharing, and how this might be fostered through educational experiences. 

To make enquiries or to apply for a travel bursary (available to service users, carers, and professionals in voluntary organisations), please email:

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Places are limited and will be allocated to ensure we get a mixture of expertise from different stakeholders. Therefore, please register your interest in attending and we will confirm no later than 2 weeks before the 27 October  whether we have been able to accept your request.  If you have any queries or encounter any difficulties in registering, please contact

Car Parking

The University of Huddersfield has a limited number of car parking spaces being located in the town centre, however there are a number of alternative car parks located close to the University and the town centre.

If you are coming to Huddersfield and need somewhere to park, there are a number of options available, both long and short stay.

Nearby parking

Below you will find details of the car parks located close to the University

Market Hall

Alfred Street, HD1 2UJ

Number of spaces: 588

Cost of parking: 90p per hour

Time limit: long stay


Venn Street, HD1 6HQ

Number of spaces: 618

Cost of parking: 90p per hour

Time limit: long stay


Spring Wood Street, HD1 4BE

Number of spaces: 377

Cost of parking: £2.50 for five hours, £4.00 all day

Time limit: up to 10 hours

 *These prices are correct as of June 2016. For up to date information, car park status and further details, please visit the Kirklees Council website.

The Programme



Registration (with tea   and coffee available) 


Opening with Christine   Rhodes and Pamela Fisher 


Keynote: Professor John Wattis


The use and meanings of   terms like professionalism, education, training and supervision will be   discussed. A distinction between education and training will be made and a   brief critical account of competency-based education will be presented. The   need will be emphasised to combine competencies with personal professional   development and situational factors to deliver co-production of mental   health. Some possible competencies for professionals working to co-produce   mental health will be presented for later discussion. These are based the   International Coach Federation standards for professional coaches. Personal   professional development will be considered in terms of socialisation into   the professional role as a ‘limited expert’. As well as understanding professional   standards and how to apply them, the methods of acquiring the attributes of   the professional role will be considered. These involve interactive learning   involving people who use services, group discussions of ethical issues,   complex situations and professional dilemmas. In addition, the importance of   role models, coaching and mentoring and compassionate motivation will be   stressed. Resilience - the ability to sustain knowledge, skills and   motivation in the face of adverse circumstances - is another important   attribute. Situational factors that obstruct co-production of mental health   will be considered as will factors that promote co-production. An example of   NAViGO, a comprehensive adult mental health service that operates on   co-operative lines, will be briefly discussed; but it will be emphasised that   this kind of working is counter-cultural and we need to recognise the need to   persist in seeking cultural change.


11.15   – 11.30

Discussion of arising   themes (with tea and coffee available) 

11.30  - 12.30

Julian   Raffay and Nadine Crawford


Effective   co-production benefits both people and organizations. This interactive   seminar explores how insights from mental health services can serve education,   learning, and supervision. We consider the interplay between education,   learning, and transformation. We begin with our experiences of co‑production.   We then explore useful conceptual frameworks. We suggest a targeted approach   to value everyone’s contribution. We close with practical   suggestions. We expect this seminar will interest service users, carers,   academics, and service managers. 

12.30   – 1.30


1.30 - 2.00 pm

Paul   Frazer, Heather McDonald and Leanne Winfield


Paul, Heather and Leanne   were instrumental in a Multi-Agency Clinical Risk Training project which was   a good example of co-production. Firstly, we will give an introduction of our   training project. One of the participants, Paul, will then provide a practical   example of the training provided, by reading out an account of his personal   experience. 

After a demonstration of   the training, Leanne will then offer how she sees co-production, by providing   her definition of co-production, and a comment on the term “professional”.   (For Leanne, co-production means people from different areas coming together   as equals to work towards a goal that has been decided in collaboration.   There will be value to all experiences, whether “Experts by Experience” or   “Experts by Learning”. Leanne also has a question of the term “professional”   – and argues that it is an approach, rather than a status.) 

Once we have given   thought to co-production, Heather will detail some of the benefits of  co-production, and in particular provide some feedback from the participants   of the training. 

Then Leanne will again   offer a critique of co-production, and look at how some voices may be   included despite offering a view which is factually incorrect. This leads   into looking at the difficulties we may have faced with this training, and   Heather will provide some suggestions as to how this could work better in   future. 

Finally, Paul will look   at how we think professional education and training could be reformed in   order to facilitate co-production, with specific ideas of continuing future   training, training specifically for service users, use of a steering group to   share experiences, and the possibility of a newsletter.


2.00 - 2.20

Matt   Ellis Kirklees Recovery Colleges


What   are the barriers to making co-production happen from a professional point of   view? How do organisational culture and the ideas around “professionalism”   hinder or help? What are the challenges that professionals need to own and   face up to?

Matt   will contend that it is time for honest discussions that cut to the very   heart of what it means to be a professional. Professionals need to locate   themselves in the complex tapestry of society, communities and services,   unpicking the threads that bind them to organisational and “professional”   barriers that have warped reality and distanced them from the very people   they seek to serve. There needs to be a refocus from improving services to   improving lives. The only way to make and bring sustainable, enabling change   is through co-production that allows influence not only on what professionals do but on how they do business and who with.

How   we as professionals work within our communities needs a radical re-think and   that is challenging, inspiring and frightening!


2.20 – 3.00

Huddersfield   University Public Partnership Group   (PPG)


The involvement   of service users/carers/ people with   experience, in health and social care   professional curricula is a central theme, and expectation, in government   reviews, reports and policy directives. It is also a requirement of   professional regulators approving and reviewing curricula, for example, the   Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health and Care Professions Council. However, there is significant evidence that   the ability to develop such partnerships and collaborative working is still   lacking in practice and is often, despite efforts from all parties, tokenistic.

This session   will include a specific focus on the approach that the PPG have adopted to   support educational experiences. The discussion start with some consideration   to the infrastructure required followed by examples of the challenges and   opportunities the PPG have experienced in their quest to adopt a   collaborative approach to find shared solutions to co-create meaningful   involvement.



Tea   and coffee and identification of the main points arising from presentations   and discussions 


Additional   networking opportunity 

Speaker Biographies: - 

John Wattis was appointed visiting Professor of Psychiatry for Older Adults at Huddersfield University in 2000, John worked as an NHS consultant in the specialty until 2005. Before coming to Huddersfield, he was responsible for pioneering old age services in Leeds for nearly twenty years. He completed his training in Birmingham and Nottingham where he was Lecturer in the Department of Health Care of the Elderly which pioneered a holistic approach. He has experience of management as Medical Director of a large Community and Mental Health Trust and as Director of Research and Development for several NHS Trusts. After ‘retirement’ he provided part-time support to medical management in several NHS organisations, including the award-winning NAViGO care social enterprise. Until last year he also worked as a life and business coach, supporting people working in the NHS, Higher Education and Voluntary sectors. He has published research on the development of old age psychiatry services, alcohol abuse in old age, the prevalence of mental illness in geriatric medical patients, educational issues in old age psychiatry and outcomes of psychiatric care for older people. More recently he has focused on spiritual aspects of health care, co-supervising several research projects in this area. He has written or edited several books, the latest of which is the co-edited work Spiritually Competent Practice in Health Care*. At the University, he gives occasional lectures mostly on Spiritually Competent Practice. He is involved in the research supervision teams for several PhD students. He is a committee member of the School of Human and Health Sciences Spirituality Special Interest Group. This has been involved in several research projects concerning healthcare professionals can assess and support patients in this area and how educators can prepare them for the task. This seems to share a great deal with ideas about co-production of mental health.

*Wattis J, Curran S and Rogers M. Spiritually Competent Practice in Health Care.2017:Boca Raton; CRC Press.

Julian Raffay works for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust as Specialist Chaplain (Research, Education and Development). He is co-producing an action research cycle to show that co-production delivers better mental health services, improves satisfaction, and is cost-effective. This is yielding deep insights into co-production and challenges superficial understandings. It is practical but draws on theoretical approaches to education, management, psychiatry, and ethics. He is also involved in research evaluating a recovery college.

Julian is in his fifth year of a part-time Professional Doctorate at Durham University, focussing on relationships between mental health services and faith communities. He teaches ethics and professional practice to healthcare chaplains at Cardiff University and identifies himself as having experienced mental health problems.

Julian holds degrees in Psychology with Management Science, Theology, and Chaplaincy Studies. He has been a vicar, social worker, psychology technician, and support worker. He has published articles and book chapters and is co-producing an edited book. 

Nadine Crawford works for Mersey Care NHS Foundation trust formerly as a Recovery College tutor now as a Pathways Advisor. Working in front-line services is a totally new career for Nadine. Previously she worked her way up in the Civil Service whilst studying a part-time Law degree. After qualifying in Law Nadine had a complete change of heart and mind and decided to take a career break. She left her home, job and family and travelled around 14 different countries across 3 continents in just over a year. Nadine found this a valuable experience, mixing with people from all walks of life and gaining insight into other cultures.  

During her varied career Nadine has experienced co-production in a variety of guises. Whether leading on a project or volunteering her time she has found the output and co-operation levels are far better when a model of co-production is used.  

Paul Frazer is an active service user based in Leeds. He has made very positive contributions through his involvement with different services and organisations including; Leeds Involving People, Service User Network (SUN), Sunrays and Better Lives in Leeds. In addition he has contributed to mental health research at Leeds University and Bradford University.  

Heather McDonald is a team leader of One-to-One services within Leeds Mind. After gaining an interest in psychology during her college studies, she went on to study Psychology with Nutrition and Health studies at Leeds Trinity University. Heather has also worked within the Voluntary and statutory sectors and within a range of services; from support worker within Intermediate hostels, Care coordinator within Rehab and Recovery services. She also has a great interest in “risk”; what this means, how this is managed and how individuals can be supported to take control of their own risk assessment and safety planning to encourage self-management. Heather had the great pleasure of working with Leanne and Paul on the Multi Agency Clinical Risk Training project as project lead; this was funded by the CCG and through Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust. It was through this project that they were able to coproduce a multi-agency attended Risk training package aimed at changing the culture of risk assessment and management and the practices associated with this.  

Leanne Winfield is a Patient Champion with NHS Leeds CCG Partnership and has been involved in developing co-production training being delivered across Leeds. Leanne is also the co-ordinator of the monthly West Yorkshire ADHD Support Group meetings held at Pinderfields Hospital. In these roles Leanne has delivered training on a number of topics, including co-production, clinical risk, and dual diagnosis and is currently participating in an Advanced Health and Wellbeing Training Programme with Leeds City Council.
In 2016 Leanne was part of a team of four service users awarded First Runners Up at the LYPFT awards, in the Developing People category, for our Multi Agency Clinical Risk Training.

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis is Principal of Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery Colleges at part of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT). He has worked in Social Care for over 25 years and in Mental Health as a qualified Social Worker, Approved Mental Health Professional and operational Manager. He is known for his innovation and leadership pioneering creative approaches. He managed the Garage Project, a Mental Health Service for Young People that won a NIMHE (National Institute for Mental Health) positive practice award in 2005. He also chaired the local Kirklees collective for Creative Minds winner of the HSJ award for ‘Compassionate Patient Care’ in 2014. More recently Matt was responsible for establishing a Recovery College in Kirklees and now has the additional responsibility in co-ordinating “Recovery” development and the 5 Recovery Colleges within SWYPFT. Matt is passionate about co-production, strengths based and creative approaches which value the contribution of those with a “lived” or “caring” experience. 

Huddersfield Public Partnership Group (PPG). The PPG is made up of a number of service users and carers and staff from the University that work together to take a lead role in shaping and delivering the public involvement strategy that includes education and research. The PPG was established as the School of Human and Health Sciences believes it is of great value to staff and students to involve a wide range of people who have experience of health and social care. The overall aim is that through a partnership approach service users and carers have the opportunity to make a difference and influence the work of the School and future health and social care services. Individual biographies of the people presenting will be provided in the seminar pack.


Do you have questions about ESRC Seminar Series: Education, training and supervision for co-production? Contact School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University

When & Where

University of Huddersfield
Oastler Building, Room 0A4/01
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
United Kingdom

Friday, 27 October 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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