Recovery Academy Tutors intro

All of our courses are facilitated by tutors who have lived experiences of mental health or addiction issues and / or professional expertise.

Click below to read biographies of the tutors facilitating the latest courses:

Recovery Academy Course Tutors

Brad Adams - Brad has worked in the mental health profession for over 30 years, working in the community in numerous positions, including working as an assertive outreach worker.  He describes himself as a ‘typical London lad’ born in the heart of the East End! His most recent role was with BAND in Bolton liaising with local authorities, mental health organisations and commissioners on behalf of service users to develop appropriate consultation methods aimed at ensuring the service users’ voice is heard whilst raising awareness of current, local, regional and national issues affecting the provision of mental health services.

Lynn Agnew - Lynn worked for the Trust as its Assistant Director for Governance until her retirement in September 2014. She has over thirty years’ experience in mental health services as a social worker, trainer and manager.  In her time at the Trust, she developed policy, guidance and training to help staff meet key requirements for modern mental health care. These include safeguarding people from harm, using the Mental Capacity Act to protect people’s rights, and making sure that care plans always have the person at their centre.  She currently works as an independent trainer and consultant focusing on these areas of practice.

Andrew Aldred - Andy has been a service user for almost thirty years.  He became unwell in the Army in 1985 after a Falklands tour.  He spent six years at the Trust’s Edenfield Centre in Prestwich.  He passed a Higher National Diploma in Computer Studies in 1992, and has a teaching certificate.  He worked for Bolton Steps promoting day services for people with mental health problems and also teaching Information Technology on a voluntary basis.  He has recently taken additional qualifications in teaching and I.T. at Bolton College.

Richard Aubery - Richard is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working for the Trust in a primary care team. He has previously worked for the Trust and other NHS and Social Services teams as a mental health social worker and team leader for more than 30 years.  Richard has an enthusiasm for Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) which he is currently able to use in individual work and in a group. His commitment to CFT has been enhanced by his own experience of finding this approach helpful in dealing with difficult times and situations in his own life.

Mark Ayling - Mark is a community psychiatric nurse for the Trust’s Home Based Treatment Team in Trafford. He has worked there for six years and prior to this worked on Irwell Ward at the Moorside Unit. He studied English Literature and French prior to commencing his nurse training in 2004. He has an ongoing interest in creative writing and has previously had a number of stories published in a variety of online magazines and anthologies and is presently supporting the creative writing module for the Recovery Academy.

Karen Basey – Karen is a Mental Health Nurse.  She has been qualified for six years and has worked for the Trust throughout that time.  Karen did her training at the University of Cumbria formally St Martin’s College in Lancaster before returning to Salford.  Karen initially worked on the acute wards after qualifying.  Karen has also had time working within community settings throughout the Trust.  She is currently working as a Staff Nurse at the Trust’s Bramley Street Rehabilitation Unit in Salford.  Karen has a passion in assisting and supporting service users to regain their own independence and to gain an insight into their mental illness.

Rosie Beck – Rosie has worked for the Trust since completing her doctorate in 2013. She is passionate about providing recovery-orientated services. She believes co-production (the practice of mental health professionals and people with lived experience working together as colleagues) is the most meaningful and effective way to deliver quality services. She has special interests in psychosis and difficulties often described as personality disorder. In her current role in a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), she enjoys working with members of the multi-disciplinary team and service users in reaching a psychological understanding of target problems, supporting psychologically informed care planning, and delivering therapeutic interventions in group, family and 1:1 settings.

Dr Joanne Bennett - Joanne is a Clinical Psychologist for the Trust who has worked in mental health services for 15 years, primarily in adult mental health. During her doctorate she completed a thesis on men’s understanding and experiences of Fibromyalgia. Having initially worked in the inpatient service, Joanne now works in an adult community mental health team. Within her role she aims to develop shared understandings of, and support for mental health difficulties through individual and group work as well as consultation to other members of the team. Joanne has a particular interest in working with people who have been given a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, working with them through a recovery-orientated team approach.

Alex Brocklehurst - Alex is an Employment Officer who has worked at Bolton Employment Support Team since 2003. Prior to that he worked at St George’s Day Centre in Bolton for nine years as a ‘moving on’ worker. Alex is a specialist in theories of contemporary society, having completed his MA at the University of Hull in 2000. His interests are in employment as recovery exploration and the roles of creativity in sustainable career development. He has particular interest in the stories we create that sustain our lives and harness our imagination, on the journey to wholeness; of which ‘a job’ is a significant part.

Beverley Butcher - Beverley is a mental health liaison nurse with the Trust’s Trafford RAID team, she completed her degree in English Language and Literature in 1988 at Liverpool University. Beverley has a special interest in creative writing, and is a member of a creative writing group in South Manchester and has had short stories published.

Helen Bucke - Helen wanted to be a train driver from a young age but actually ended up qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1992! Since then, she has worked for the NHS and as a private consultant, working in mental health services and now for the Autism Spectrum Conditions Support Team in Bolton. Helen is also a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, and is passionate about enabling people to find and maintain appropriate employment.

Lyndsey Chadderton - Lyndsey qualified as a Social Worker in 2005 focusing on working with adults within mental health services. Upon qualifying, she started working in substance misuse services and since then has worked within community and inpatient settings. She continues to have an interest in working within dual diagnosis.

Avril Clarke - Avril started her career as a general nurse in Salford and then completed a degree in visual arts. After becoming unwell with mental health issues, Avril developed her art background and ran service user art groups to help them in their recovery. She has first hand experience of self-harm and how depression and personality disorder impacts on life and has used this experience to run workshops educating junior doctors and nurses about self-harm.  She comes to the Recovery Academy is a volunteer using art and creative skills to aid service users, staff, carers and herself towards recovery.

Maria Clifton - Maria is the Functional Skills Teacher for the Trust and teaches English, Maths and Information & Communication Technology (ICT). She is extremely enthusiastic about developing the potential of each person through building on prior skills and life experience. Maria gained a PGDE qualification in order to promote learning in the fundamental areas of everyday life and work – those which enable you to feel proud and motivated in your achievements. Maria’s teaching uses her knowledge to draw on everyday experience to help learners understand the subjects.

Caroline Collinge - Caroline is a senior member of The Trust’s Library Team delivering a range of library services and training to staff, carers, volunteers and service users from The Curve in Prestwich. Caroline completed her Read to Lead Training in 2015 and has recently completed a Read to Lead Masterclass with The Reader. Caroline facilitates a weekly shared reading group for inpatients at the Trust’s Chapman Barker Unit – a 26 bed regional detox unit on our Prestwich site for men and women with substance misuse problems.

Jessica Deol - Jessica is an Assistant Psychologist working at the Trust’s Bramley Street Rehabilitation Unit in Salford. She is involved in providing psychological support, through supervision with a Clinical Psychologist to help people who experience a range of mental health difficulties. She works with families and within a team in order to maintain person centred care. She is interested in the role of culture and stigma in terms of their accessibility to services and psychological support.

Anna Dodd – Anna is a Clinical Psychologist who has been working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions (both with and without learning disabilities) for the last 19 years. She is co-author of the gold medal award winning British Psychological Society Autism E-learning courses, which have currently been accessed by 11,000 learners. She currently works as the Clinical Lead for Autism Spectrum Conditions within the Trust. Her clinical role is within Trafford Extended Service, where she provides diagnostic assessments for adults (without learning disabilities), psychological input into the team, individual work with people who the team support and consultation and training to partner agencies.

Gillian Drummond – Gill is the Dementia and Older Peoples Lead Nurse for the Trust.  Her role is to support clinical teams in the development and delivery of services to ensure they support carers and that we meet national priorities across the whole dementia and older peoples care spectrum. She has been a Mental Health Nurse since 1985. Gill has a BSc (Hons) in psychosocial treatments and has a keen interest in the delivery of training, completing her P.G.C.E in 2006.

Stuart Eaton - Stuart is a Community Psychiatric Nurse who has worked for the Trust for seven years.  Stuart’s journey began as a service user, then as a volunteer, a support worker and most recently a qualified nurse.  Stuart has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder stretching back almost 20 years and has lived through a number of challenging episodes, which he believes gives him a real “lived” empathic affinity with those who live with mental health issues. Stuart is passionate about life-long learning and is hoping to embark on a Master’s research project in the future. He enjoys reading, writing and creating music in his spare time.

Wayne Edwards –Wayne has been a mental health service user since June 1989.  Wayne has been struggling with alcohol dependency since the turn of the century.  Due to Wayne’s alcohol dependency he attends AA meetings weekly.  He was introduced to the Recovery Academy by a group he was attending at Achieve Substance Misuse Service in Salford, and he currently co-facilitates the Living with Psychosis and Living with Dual Diagnosis sessions.  Wayne likes to keep occupied, and his involvement with the Recovery Academy is certainly helping him.

Martin Elder - Martin is a Substance Misuse Practitioner who worked in the Trust’s community mental health services for 10 years. Martin is a trained integrative counsellor and supervisor of counsellors.  He has previously been involved in the Talking Therapies Network within the Trust’s Alcohol & Drugs Directorate. During that time he was part of a team developing and delivering training to practitioners and other professionals. Whilst working as a practitioner, he has developed a keen interest in the link between mental health and substance misuse.

Gemma Feeney – Gemma has been living with post-traumatic stress and psychosis for a number of years and has learned, with help from therapy, to develop coping mechanisms to overcome these unique challenges. She is currently training to be a Peer Mentor and is looking forward to actively participating in this role. Gemma enjoys long walks with her puppy, all things geeky and fighting stigma.

Eddie Fenn – Eddie is an Occupational Therapist (OT) currently working within the Trust’s Community Mental Health Team in Salford.  He has worked for the Trust as a support worker for eight years and an OT for two.  Eddie has worked with hoarders for the last two years and has gained an understanding of the problems and complexities of hoarding and its effects on the individual, families, friends and the wider community.  Eddie’s long-term aim is to set-up a support group for hoarders within the Trust.  He enjoys music and gardening.

Anne Flear - Anne has been working as a pharmacist within mental health services for many years and has seen changes in the way we use medicines in that time. She is keen to share how medicines affect the way our bodies work and where use of medicines fits alongside other therapies. Anne is part of our Medicines Management Team which leads on training of our nursing, medical and other staff within the Trust, and also attends carers groups and patient groups to answer questions about medication.

Judith Funnell - Judith is an assessor and tutor for British Sign Language (BSL) Centre of Excellence. She was born profoundly Deaf and educated in Wales, using both oral and signed communication. Judith maintains an active membership within the UK and international Deaf Community.  One of her areas of expertise is regional sign variation. As a senior tutor, Judith has over 30 years’ experience of teaching all levels of BSL and Deaf studies at various colleges throughout the North West and beyond. Judith also works for Signature, the examining body, as an external assessor. She is passionate about BSL and is now embracing new technologies to provide BSL videos for all to access.

Claire Gately - Claire is a Clinical Psychologist currently working within the Adult Forensic Service for the Trust and also in a specialist personality disorder unit at HMP Manchester. She has a long standing interest in psychosis and personality disorder. She works with service users using a range of approaches, especially Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Focused Therapy.

Patricia Goodwin - Trish is a carer support worker based with the Bolton Memory Assessment Service. A qualified Complementary Therapist and Mindfulness practitioner, she has worked with carers across the Trust and set-up and ran a Carers Complementary Therapy Service for alcohol and drug services. Trish has also worked in Domestic Abuse Services supporting not only the victims but also the close family and friends. Trish is a carer so can empathise with the worries and anxieties that this role can bring.

Jayne Gosnall - Jayne lives in Salford and has been treated for depression, anxiety and addiction. The Recovery Academy has been a huge part of her personal recovery journey, and so she’s excited to be involved as a co-facilitator and always looks forward to attending new courses and expanding her own learning. She also volunteers for the Trust’s Achieve Salford Drug & Alcohol Services. Jayne is active in the Visible Recovery Movement, challenges stigma and believes that we all have something very special to offer. She is developing arts and crafts for people in recovery and the wider community and is involved with two choirs, Salford City Singers and Shameless Singers, all based on the five ways to wellbeing and the simple joy of creating together.

Dr. Joanne Green – Joanne is a Clinical Psychologist working for the Trust’s Early Psychosis services in Bolton. She chose to work in this field early in her career, owing to her interest in mental health promotion, normalisation, prevention and recovery. Preventing the development of mental health difficulties where possible, as well as preventing stigma, improving well-being and instilling hope are important to Joanne. Her therapeutic work mainly involves cognitive therapies with individuals and behavioural family interventions.

Jonathan Grieves - Jonathan is 48 years old and lives in Eccles, Salford. He began his career in the catering industry. He then worked for MENCAP for over 10 years supporting adults move into independent living working with them to find ways to deal with the challenges of living an independent life. His community work now keeps him busy and he runs a Junior Youth Club and is involved in residents groups around Eccles. He is part of a group looking to save, restore, and rebuild a Grade II Victorian theatre and hopes to bring it back into public use as a multi-purpose auditorium and community complex.

Robert Griffiths – Robert Griffiths - Robert is a psychological therapist and NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow. He is currently conducting a research trial investigating the use of a psychological therapy called Method of Levels for first episode psychosis. You can follow @NextLevel_Study on Twitter for more information about this study. In addition to working in early intervention in psychosis services, Robert was also one of the therapists for the TEAMS trial, a study of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for bipolar disorder and distressing mood swings.

Teresa Grogan – Teresa is the Unit Manager for Bramley Street, which is part of the Trust’s Salford Mental Health Services. Teresa has a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Psychology, which she gained midway through her nursing career. She has been a Registered Mental Health Nurse for 34 ½ years, having initially started working with young people on probation and with homeless people in London. Members of Teresa’s family have experienced mental health difficulties, one to the extent of requiring inpatient services giving her a personal insight into services.

Suzanne Grundy - Suzanne is a Senior Carer Support Coordinator for the Trust’s mental health directorate in Bolton. She is a qualified trainer and works closely with carers offering emotional support on an individual basis tailored to each carer’s circumstances.  Suzanne leads the Bolton Carer Champions and Carer Support workers, supporting them to be proactive in their roles, and to thoroughly understand the stress and worries experienced by carers on a daily basis. She has worked with carers for over five years and is empathic to their needs and supportive in helping them maintain good health and wellbeing.

Margaret Harper – Margaret is someone with lived experience of mental health and substance misuse problems and has had depression and anxiety since she was nine years old. Her mum had depression and anxiety all her life as did her twin. She has a passion for learning as much as she can about the subject to help herself and others. Her mental health problems led her to becoming addicted to codeine phosphate for ten years and she successfully completed a detox in 2012 with the Trust’s Salford Drug and Alcohol Service. Since then, she has become a Peer Mentor for this service and a volunteer at the Trust’s Moorside mental health unit in Trafford.

Suzanne Heffernan – Suzanne completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University. Her doctoral research focused on the role of religion and spirituality in recovery from psychosis, in addition to exploration of how to integrate these into inpatient services.  Before training, Suzanne worked on the “Recovery Programme” of research, exploring subjective judgements of recovery in psychosis. After qualifying in 2013, Suzanne worked in forensic services with individuals whose difficulties relate to personality or autism. She has a special interest in inpatient services and is passionate about promoting recovery oriented and psychologically-informed approaches. Suzanne currently works in the Mental Health Liaison Team at Salford Royal Hospital.

Dr Natasha Holden - Natasha is a Clinical Psychologist currently working in the Trust’s Psychosis Research Unit. Natasha’s main role is to deliver structured interventions (CBT) to clients with psychosis and young people with emerging mental health difficulties. Natasha graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The University of Liverpool in 2014. Prior to training, Natasha worked as a support worker in an adult forensic setting and then as an assistant psychologist in an inpatient setting. Natasha also worked on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded ‘Recovery Programme’ of research, investigating recovery from psychosis and bipolar disorder.

Roy Holt - Roy has worked for the Trust for thirty-two years. He spent twenty years working on the wards as a Qualified Mental Health Nurse. He is also a Qualified Teacher and has a Diploma in violence and aggression from Salford University. He enjoys working with service users to help them develop self-awareness and management techniques for dealing with feelings of frustration and anger and has delivered anger awareness sessions on our forensic service wards. He is currently the Trust’s Promoting the Management of Violence and Aggression Practitioner and has a key role in the implementation and monitoring of the Positive and Safe Wards agenda.

Liz Hopley – Liz is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in Bolton Primary Care Psychological Therapy Service and has been teaching Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy to groups for over 4 years. She practices meditation both formally and informally.

Amanda Hurst – Amanda works for the Trust as an Occupational Therapist and has worked in various teams over the years in both Bolton and Salford. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years and is a qualified yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga. She has also recently completed Level 1 Mindfulness Teacher Training with Bangor University.

Robin Jamil – Robin is the Forensic Advocacy Manager for Mind in Salford, working mainly in medium secure mental health settings. He has been providing Advocacy and Mental Health Training for 16 years and manages a team of Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs).  As well as the Advocacy in Mental Health course which he delivers for the Recovery Academy, he co-delivers training for the Academy’s campus within the Trust’s Adult Forensic Services.  He also provides training for Greater Manchester Police, Higher Education Universities and Colleges, and private companies in the finance and legal sectors.  Robin’s focus and main interest in mental health is the service user’s experience and that this should be at the centre of all of his work.

Lesley Jones (RMN, NMP, MSc, MA) - Lesley qualified as a mental health nurse in the 1980s. Most of her nursing career has been spent working with people who have dementia and older people with other mental health problems. Lesley has had a number of positions including staff nurse, sister, clinical leader and practice development nurse. Currently she is an Advanced Practitioner in Dementia Care, a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Fellow and is in her last year of PhD study. Lesley’s interests are life story work, working with people with dementia who have other co-morbidities and high levels of need.

Natalie Kheirkhah - Natalie is a support worker and teaching assistant for people with special needs and behavioural difficulties. She struggled in education and with her own mental health and found art to be therapeutic for her mind. Natalie runs Rainbow Pathways, a community art group, in volunteer centres, probation services, youth clubs and schools. She is a champion for charities in mental health like Time to Change and tries to engage young people and adults who struggle with mental health problems in art, self-expression and creativity. Feedback from her art group shows that creative arts really inspires and builds confidence in learners who struggle with mainstream education and mental health.

Reverend Jeremy Law - Jeremy is an Anglican priest who has worked as a mental health chaplain for the Trust since January 2013. He works from Ramsgate House in Lower Broughton as a community chaplain and on the inpatient wards at the Rivington Unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital. Alongside his responsibilities with GMMH, Jeremy works as a hospital chaplain at Central Manchester hospitals where his main responsibility is with St Mary’s hospital for women and babies.  Prior to hospital chaplaincy, Jeremy worked as a parish priest in Wythenshawe and prior to ordination Jeremy qualified and worked as a psychiatric nurse in Salford and central Manchester respectively.

Amy Lea – Amy is the Occupational Therapy Lead for the Trust’s Woodlands Hospital in Salford and for Older Adult Services in Bolton. She works with Occupational Therapists to help improve the daily reality of service users and carers within the Trust. She has worked in the NHS since 2003 and been with the Trust for ten years. Amy’s career began in Newcastle, working in both physical and mental health settings. She later went to work at South London and Maudsley Hospital specialising in Older Adult Mental Health, before returning to her North West roots.

Anthony Louden - Anthony has lived and work experience of Weight Management with ABL. He also has experience in the field of addiction and mental health. He has been volunteering on the Trust’s Prestwich site for the past three years. He is also currently a Bank Support Worker at the Trust’s Chapman Barker Unit (Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Unit).  Anthony also has an interest in Anxiety Management and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Stephen Maloney - Stephen is a Psychosocial Interventions (PSI) Trainer, and has been involved in substance misuse services as a service user, volunteer, and paid worker since 1987. He has a degree in Philosophy and a diploma in counselling (CBT Model). He is a registered Motivational Interviewing trainer and is passionate about supporting service users to deliver effective services. Stephen is married with three sons and is a very keen golfer and rugby league fan.

Catherine Marsh - Catherine has worked for the Trust for six years. She worked in drug and alcohol services initially, something in which she has always had a personal interest, and then transferred across to assist in developing the Autism Spectrum Conditions Support Team in Bolton. She continues to work in her role as Assistant Practitioner with the Bolton team. She is committed to improving awareness of autism and helping to affect positive changes in services locally, so that people with autism are truly understood and catered for.

Nadia Miller - Nadia is passionate about educating others, raising awareness and sharing her own lived and personal experience to help others know that they are not alone and to help people understand the difficulties but the invaluable therapies that can help support mental health conditions.  Nadia was diagnosed with traits of an emotional unstable personality and has spent many years in psychological services up until two years ago where she is now able to cope with her condition. Nadia is now in recovery.

Charlotte Morris – Charlotte is a clinical psychologist working in the Community Mental Health Team in Bolton. She completed her first mindfulness course in 2011. She has been practising mindfulness since then and finds it a helpful way to take care of her own well-being. In 2015 Charlotte completed Level 1 Mindfulness Teacher Training with Bangor University and now uses Mindfulness in her work with individuals and groups.

Stephanie Mouillaud – Stephanie is a trained teacher who has experience facilitating art and crafts workshops in a variety of settings - including Manchester Art Gallery, Art for Recovery in the Community (ARC charity), and Manchester libraries. She has also been volunteering for the Trust’s Moorside Unit in Davyhulme for more than a year providing art workshops to service users helping them on their path to recovery.

Dr. Lee Mulligan – Lee is a clinical psychologist working in secondary care mental health services. He has a keen interest in mental health recovery and previously worked on the NIHR-funded (National Institute for Health Research) “Recovery Programme” with individuals experiencing bipolar disorder and psychosis. Lee is a keen advocate for the implementation of recovery based psychological interventions and hopes to conduct further research in order to understand how recovery can be enhanced within routine clinical services.

Elizabeth Murphy - Liz is a research clinical psychologist at the Trust’s Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) where her role is to provide cognitive therapy to people who are participating in research trials. As well as her role as a trial therapist, she also contributes to teaching, training and research. Liz’s main interests are cognitive therapy for psychosis, collaborative working and interpersonal processes in therapy. Prior to working at PRU, Liz worked in primary care psychology services at the Trust.

Dr. Sandra Neil - Sandra is a Clinical Psychologist who currently works in the Trust’s Community Mental Health Team in Salford.  Sandra has a special interest in the areas of psychosis, anxiety and depression. She is passionate about working collaboratively with service users and developing recovery orientated services. She worked with the Trust’s service users to develop a measure of recovery. She also worked on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded ‘Recovery Programme’ of research investigating recovery from psychosis and bipolar disorder. Sandra has provided workshops and training on recovery to a range of audiences both in the UK and internationally.

Kath Nield – Kath is a registered nurse and cognitive behavioural therapist. She trained in Mindfulness with Bangor University and an established organisation called Breath-works.  She has been practising and delivering Mindfulness within the NHS for the last five years.  She feels passionate about people being able to access a choice of psychological approaches and believes Mindfulness can be very effective in promoting well-being. 

Martin O’Doherty - Martin is an Occupational Therapist with lived experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He has used his experience of living with OCD to assist in the training of student Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and uses his time at the Recovery Academy to educate others on this misunderstood disorder. He also runs a support group at the Mental Health Independent Support Team (MhIST) in Bolton to help and support others who live with OCD. Martin is passionate about the link between physical health and mental wellbeing, and is currently undertaking a diploma in Personal Training with the aim of empowering others with mental health problems to live healthier lives physically, mentally and nutritionally. 

Sarah Page - Sarah is a Specialist Occupational Therapist for the Trust’s Memory Assessment Service in Bolton. She is part way through a Master’s degree in Dementia at the University of Manchester. Sarah has teaching and training experience including being the editor of an e-newsletter for the College of Occupational Therapy.  She has presented at a variety of conferences on the subject of dementia.  Sarah has been working with patients and carers for a number of years and is passionate about Life Story work and the benefits this can bring. She enjoys gardening and reading.

Dr. Jasper Palmier-Claus – Jasper is a clinical psychologist based at the Trust’s Psychosis Research Unit in Prestwich. He currently works as a trial therapist on the COMPARE, PRODIGY, IF-CBT and BART trials. His interests include cognitive behavioural therapy, psychosis, and bipolar disorder. He previously worked as a researcher at the University of Manchester, where he explored the psychological mechanisms involved in the development of early psychosis.

Jacqueline Parker Fu - Jacqueline is a Communications Facilitator at the Trust’s John Denmark Unit. Her role is to facilitate all communications in any format to a high standard that matches the communication needs of all members of staff and patients. She also provides support and guidance to all staff with regards to communication, deaf awareness issues and British Sign Language. Jacqueline was born deaf, into a Deaf family. She had an oral schooling but her first language is British Sign Language. Growing up, she has been an active member of the Deaf community getting involved in many activities including representing Great Britain in the Deaf Olympics in 1993. Jacqueline has a strong Deaf identity and has visited many countries all over the world meeting other Deaf people and as such has developed skills in International sign from her travelling experiences. Jacqueline has been involved in a project researching Deaf people with Dementia from the University of Manchester, and has her own story published in a research journal called ‘My Mum’s Story’. This highlighted the barriers her mum faced accessing services as a deaf lady with dementia.

Christine Partlett - Christine is a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), currently working as a senior nurse for the Trust’s Personality Disorder Assessment and Liaison Team. Christine has worked in several different areas of nursing including, adolescent, adult acute, forensic, deaf services, and low secure.  Christine has worked in both the NHS and private sector during her career. Her role includes undertaking clinical assessments, providing clinical guidance, education and training, supervision and leadership. She has been involved in developments in nursing and mental health care practice throughout her career and has a special interest in personality disorder, hence being a Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) trainer. The KUF is a national framework to support people to work more effectively with personality disorder.

Heather Peel - Heather is a 30 year old service user volunteer and nursing assistant with a degree in English and a background in teaching English abroad. She started using services following a particularly severe episode. Now in recovery, Heather is currently working in a rehabilitation unit, aiding others in their own recovery.  Heather enjoys knitting in her free time and has campaign marketing experience as a representative of a young members marketing team. She feels strongly about supporting mental health service users on their path to recovery.

Kerry-Anne Peters - Kerry-Anne has been a Recovery Academy student for the last 12 months. She has been in recovery from gambling addiction since April 2013 after 21 years of progressive active addiction. Kerry-Anne enjoys practicing Tai Chi, finding that this helps develop her spirituality and grounding in life.

Dr Katie Pownell - Katie is a Clinical Psychologist who currently works, in a rehabilitation unit for the Trust, with people experiencing complex mental health problems. Katie previously worked for the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU), investigating recovery from psychosis and bipolar disorder. She has a particular interest in working in the area of psychosis, and aims to work collaboratively with service users and the multi-disciplinary team to provide recovery-orientated services.

Ann Richards - Ann is a service user with a particular interest in peer-to-peer support groups as a means of aiding recovery. She has benefited from the Recovery Academy and BlueSCI’s services in Trafford and is volunteering with both organisations as a way to sustain her own recovery. Although some progress is being made, Ann believes more needs to be done to help service users return to meaningful employment based on their full range of skills and experience to allow them to reach their full potential.

Matthew Riley – Matthew has been a Mental Health Nurse for six years, having worked for the Trust for twelve years in a variety of roles. He has completed his MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2015. Matthew has completed a variety of mindfulness Courses, MBSR, MBCT and recently Matthew completed his Level 1 Teacher Training in Mindfulness provided by Bangor University. He practices mindfulness himself due to lived experience of anxiety/depression and uses it with his clients. He currently works at the Trust’s Salford Early Detection and Intervention (EDIT) as a Psychological Therapist.

Leanne Roberts - Leanne is 36 years old and has 20 years lived and work experience of addiction and mental health problems. She is a Mental Health Support Worker and has a range of experience with youths, adults in secure settings and the community. Creative writing is a tool she has used with positive results.

Dr. Magdalene Sampson - Magdalene is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked with service users in the Trust’s Eating Disorder Service for the past 16 years. She completed her post graduate doctorate in clinical psychology in 2001 and completed a Diploma in Cognitive Therapy in 2004. In recent years, she has developed expertise in Compassion Focused Therapy and the application within eating disorders, both with service users and carers. She teaches on postgraduate courses at Manchester University and is currently Acting Service Manager for the Eating Disorder Service.

Kevin Scallon - is the lead for the Trust’s Edenfield Centre Recovery Academy Campus. Kevin has over 30 year’s professional experience in both mental health and learning & development. He is passionate about learning and the way people, individually and collectively, can develop, transform and make the most of their lives and inspire others to do likewise.

Carolyn Sellars – Carolyn is the operational lead for the Enhanced Evidence Based Practice Course at the Trust’s Psychological Therapies Training Centre. She is involved in teaching and supervising students on this course, as well as for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapies. She has a background in general and mental health nursing and trained as a behavioural psychotherapist with Sheffield University in 1997. Carolyn has worked as a CBT therapist in an occupational health setting as well as a primary care setting. She currently combines her teaching and supervisory role with her clinical practice in Yorkshire.

Dr Gary Sidley - Gary is a freelance writer and trainer who, in 2013, opted for early retirement from his post of Professional Lead/Consultant Clinical Psychologist.  He writes on a range of topics, including: alternatives to biological psychiatry, general interest articles and humour.  His NHS career began in 1980 as a psychiatric nurse, and he qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1989. Throughout his career, Gary has presented numerous workshops on a range of topics including cognitive behaviour therapy, recovery orientated services, living with self-harm, advance decisions and reducing stigma.

Yvonne Slater – Yvonne is the Operational Lead for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies (CBT Pathways) at the Trust’s Psychological Therapies Training Centre, and has been involved with the Centre since its inception in 2000. She has a background in mental health nursing and has trained in behavioural and cognitive therapies. Yvonne’s primary responsibility is that of leading the CBT Diploma training programme for adults and for children & young people. She combines her teaching and supervisory role with a clinical role. She has a particular interest in working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Ann Steele - Ann is a Clinical Psychologist working for the Trust’s Psychosis Research Unit (PRU).  PRU conducts research exploring effective treatments - particularly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) - for psychosis and other mental health problems. In her role as a Trial Therapist at PRU, Ann delivers CBT with people participating in the different research trials. In addition, Ann delivers training on psychosis, bipolar disorder and early warning signs, to local mental health services and charities who are interested in and support the research at PRU.

Deb Stefanovic - Deb is currently an outpatient and lead for the Trust’s women’s services where she hopes to use her skills to support others in their journey to recovery. Prior to this, she worked in a variety of jobs including youth work, and education with young people excluded from school. During her involvement with the Recovery Academy, she has completed courses on confidence building, leadership skills, and using Microsoft Power Point. This has enabled her to be involved in the co-production and co-facilitation of courses.

Rebecca Sutton – Rebecca is an Assistant Clinical Psychologist who currently works for the Trust’s Psychosis Research Unit. Rebecca is working on the Recovery Academy Research project which aims to explore the effects of the Recovery Academy. She is also working on a cross-media project called ‘HOAX Our Right to Hope’ which uses three artworks to tell a young mans’ account of living with psychosis. This study aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health within the general public and individuals with lived experience of mental health difficulties by promoting hope and beliefs that recovery is possible. Rebecca hopes to one day contribute further by completing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and further understand how recovery can be enhanced through psychological interventions.

Claire Watson – Claire is the Trust lead for the Recovery Academy, Service User Engagement and Volunteering.  She has a degree in psychology and is qualified to teach adults. She has worked as a practitioner and teacher for mental health and substance misuse services since 1998. She believes in the power of learning, particularly from people with lived experience of mental health and/or substance misuse problems in order to shape services. Claire has her own lived experience as a family member of someone with mental health problems and is passionate about supporting carers to understand mental health and addiction and get the support they need to help themselves and their loved ones.

Dr Ruth Watson - Ruth qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2004, and currently works within the Trust’s Later Life services in Bolton. Her clinical work involves consultation, assessment and therapy with older people, who present with complex mental health difficulties and/or dementia. She has an interest in trauma and her doctoral thesis explored Posttraumatic Growth amongst Intensive Care Unit patients. Ruth recently completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and is currently undertaking skills training in using Cognitive Analytic Therapy within complex mental health settings.

Sara Whitehead - Sara is a former service user who has battled with mental health issues for years and has become an avid learner and supporter of recovery and wellbeing. Having a management background, Sara has refocused her career to mental health and now works as a support worker on one of the Trust’s adolescent mental health wards as well as delivering courses as part of the Academy’s Trainer Bank. Her own recovery has aided her to be able to help and support others on their journey. She is currently studying social work and psychology to further her knowledge in this field.

Frances Wilkinson - Frances is a dietitian who has recently started working for the Trust. She has worked as a dietitian in the NHS for over 10 years in a broad range of clinical areas including: working with Learning Disability Services; in Weight Management and in Diabetes services. She has a keen interest in the link between mental health and nutrition.

Joanne Wilson - Joanne is a former service user of the Trust’s alcohol and drug services and has experienced first-hand the issues and concerns that arise from that lifestyle. She is now a Governor for the Trust representing alcohol and drug service users and sits on many Trust committees. Joanne is passionate about recovery and the service user and carer ‘voice’ being heard and acted upon. She has delivered courses, sat on various assessment panels, shortlisted and interviewed staff and led the service user aspect of recent Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE).

Sheila Wilson - Sheila is a Therapy Team Leader for the Trust’s Chapman-Barker Unit - an inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification unit. She has recently completed some research into how former service users make the transition to become paid workers in the substance misuse field.  Sheila was employed as a Training Coordinator by the Trust from May 2003 to August 2015. Prior to joining the Trust, she worked in supported housing; volunteered and worked in a range of drug and HIV services, and latterly managed a Structured Day Programme for substance users.

Sinéad Wolfe-McConnon - Sinéad works part time for the Trust in the Community Engagement Recovery Team (CERT) in Salford and has been involved in community mental health since 2004. Outside of her NHS role, Sinead has nearly two decades experience in psycho-spiritual development and holistic health and is a qualified clinical/creative hypnotherapist and energy practitioner. She incorporated these skills into her work with CERT, to deliver ‘A Practical Guide to Achieving Wellbeing’ course in the community, on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, offering knowledge, tools and experiences to promote inner and outer health and wellbeing.  Sinéad is passionate about empowering people on their journey to wholeness, encouraging a greater connection, understanding and compassionate relationship internally with our selves, which in turn can then help to create healthier, happier and more meaningful relationships and life experiences with others and the world around us.