Supporting Women with Complex Needs Conference


Thursday 13th October 2016


The event entitled Supporting Women with Complex Needs was CPD certified and very well attended by over 90 delegates, 61% from external organisations and 39% internal staff.


The day was made up of three keynote speakers and three workshops and focused on topics such as self-harm in learning disability, transgender in acute settings, personality disorder and the needs of women in secure services.


Georgie-Parry Crooke, Principal Researcher at the Tavistock Institute and London Metropolitan University opened the day with a brief history of women’s services and also stressed the importance of a seamless care pathway for these women. Georgie spoke about the barriers women in low secure and rehabilitation services face to moving on from their current placements and the importance of having a ‘front door’ they can call their own.


Georgie’s presentation Stepping Out: the needs of women discharged from secure mental health services can be viewed and downloaded here


Fiona Macaulay was the second keynote speaker of the day and joined us from the Self Injury Support Service in Bristol where she has worked for the past 12 years working on projects focusing on specific groups of people vulnerable to self-injury. During this time Fiona has worked in partnership with the Norah Fry Research Centre looking at self-injury and people with learning disabilities. Fiona spoke about the first UK wide research project she was involved with on this topic.


Fiona’s presentation Hidden Pain: Self- Injury in Women with Learning Disability is available to view here


The final keynote speaker of the day was Christina Richards an accredited psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), whom she represents to NHS England’s Clinical Reference Group (CRG) on Gender Identity Services. She is Senior Specialist Psychology Associate at the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Gender Clinic and Clinical Research Fellow at West London Mental Health NHS Trust (Charing Cross) Gender Clinic. Christina spoke animatedly to delegates about gender, culture and diagnoses.


Christina’s presentation Trans and non-binary/Genderqueer can be found via this link


Delegates were also able to take part in three workshops during the day led by Lighthouse Healthcare Clinicians. The sessions focused on case studies of positive outcomes that have been achieved and also featured a live Q & A sessions facilitated by Dr Jonathan Jones, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Toby Cushing, Assistant Psychologist with one of our service users who spoke about her experiences of Transgender. The workshop slides can be downloaded below:



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