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Booking is now open for the Quality Network for Mental Health Rehabilitation Services' 5th Annual Forum

Book your place(s)

Is this event for me?

The Royal College of Psychiatrists are delighted to invite you to our Quality Network for Mental Health Rehabilitation Services 5th Annual Forum. A national event designed to bring together rehabilitation professionals from across the UK to showcase examples of successful co-production between professionals, patients and carers. It will be an opportunity for our members to network and exchange knowledge with peers for the benefit of service improvement.

The forum will provide the opportunity to:

  • Explore best practice, methods and ideas on co-production with a focus on patients, carers and professionals working together.
  • Hear from inspirational speakers on their journey to co-producing services and resources.
  • Learn about the powerful impact co-production can have on improving service quality and driving change.
  • Find out more about the new developments within the network, such as the creation of Community Rehab Quality Standards, which is currently being piloted across a number of community rehabilitation teams in the UK.

Who should attend?

The Annual Forum is free to our members* (find out here if your service is a member). There is a £95 per person charge to non-members. We encourage a range of professionals with interests in inpatient and community mental health rehabilitation to attend.

Can I present at the Annual?

If you have interest in Mental Health Rehabilitation and want to share with our members examples of best practice or a piece of work that showcases examples of successful co-production between professionals patients and/or carers then please email with a short abstract, detailing the content of the talk and a biography of the speakers. The deadline for session abstract submission is Friday 21 February 2020.

Can I showcase my poster?

Yes, posters exploring co-production between professionals, patients and/or carers in the area of Mental Health Rehabilitation are welcome. If you want to submit a poster, email

*Please note spaces on our events are limited, individuals who sign-up and later find they can’t attend, need to send cancellation note as soon as possible. This will allow us to allocate space to other interested individuals and help avoid food and resource wastage. Regrettably, the College will charge a £95 fine to individuals who fail to send advanced cancellations.

AIMS Rehab Annual forum 17 May 2018:

Developing a quality network for mental health rehabilitation services

The third AIMS Rehab Annual Forum was held on Thursday 17 May 2018.

The day was attended by 129 rehab professionals and included a keynote speech from Professor Helen Killaspy, Consultant Psychiatrist and Chair of the AIMS Rehab Advisory Group, a network update from the AIMS Rehab project team and eight workshops for members throughout the day.

Click here to download the programme from the day.

If you would like a reminder of the day or were unable to attend, below you will find all the presentations from the day. Please click on the title of the presentation to download.

Keynote Speech

Getting Our House in Order - Convincing others of the ongoing need for mental health rehabilitation services

Prof Helen Killaspy

Workshop 1

Placement Efficiency Programme - Ensure care quality at the best value

Sara Poutney, Matthew  Hodges, Jane Hannon

Workshop 2

From Institution to Enablement: The Sheffield Story

Julie Smalley, Maha Barlow

Workshop 3

The Role of Peer Support

Donna Bradford, Adam Partridge, Charlotte Smith, Darcy Woods

Workshop 4

The changing landscape of mental health rehabilitation-challenges faced adapting to recent guidance

Hilton Vera, Julie Cummins

Workshop 5

A Whole Team Approach: Through a Process of  Self-Review

Stephen Jones, Dr Ehab Morgan

Workshop 6

A mindfulness group intervention for patients with severe symptoms of psychosis

Maria Antypa, Ute Liersch

Workshop 7

Is Co-Dependency in Families a Potential Barrier to Service User Recovery and a Good Relationship With Professionals?

Veronica Kamerling

Workshop 8

Creating an Enabling Environment for Staff and Patients on a Rehab Ward

Rowland Woodward, Anna Cook

Project Team Update

AIMS Rehab Project Team Update

Eleanor Parker, Conor Booker

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