Democratic Professionalism and Mental Health Workshop

Tuesday 5 January 2016, 9.00AM to 16:00

Speaker(s): Anne Dransfield, Albert Dzur and Michael Guthrie


Annie Dransfield, Carer and campaigner for Carers Rights. Annie is actively involved with the Carer and Service User Group at Leeds University. Former governor of the Mental Health Trust and trustee of Carers UK, Annie won carer of the Year Award 2013.

Albert Dzur, Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University. Albert has developed the concept of democratic professionalism. His work focuses on both the barriers to lay citizen participation in professional domains and as well as the resources available for sharing power in typically hierarchical institutions.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, Health and Care Professions Council, UK


The workshop is part of an ESRC seminar series involving Martin Webber which focuses on developing new approaches to professionalism in mental health. Our starting point is that professionalism should be informed by the principle of authentic power-sharing between service users, carers and professionals.

Speakers and participants at the seminar series will come from diverse groups: service users, carers, professionals working in third sector, and public and statutory organisations, and academics. Academics in the research team are from diverse disciplinary backgrounds: mental health nursing, philosophy, political science, psychiatry, social work and sociology. Together we aim to build network of expertise which will inform the values and practices of mental health care.


Travel burseries

Five travel bursaries are available for each of the following groups: service users and carers, employees working in third sector organisations, and early career researcher. Please apply by 30 November here.


Location: University of Leeds

Admission: Free - but you must register before 10th December


Telephone: Corin Nanton on 0113 343 3638