Elysium Healthcare’s first Service User Conference gathers momentum

Elysium is pleased to be hosting our first Service User led conference next month on the theme of ‘Innovation and Technology in Mental Health’.

At the start of the year a conference planning committee, made up of staff and service users from across Elysium, was set up specifically for this event. The group soon agreed the conference theme and invited all service users to submit artwork to be considered for use in all marketing around the event.

The winner of this competition – a service user from Chadwick Lodge hospital – has been awarded a certificate and prize for his masterpiece and it is already being used as key element in all event communication and in the important ‘call for abstracts’ poster.

Over 40 abstracts have been submitted by patients and staff from across the majority of Elysium’s hospitals and services and the final programme will soon be announced.

Dawn Jeffries, Chair of Elysium’s Service User conference and Acting Hospital Director at Thornford Park commented:

“We have had a huge response from patients and staff across Elysium regarding this conference from initial concept through to event planning and delivery on the day. The event is a true co-production from start to finish, with some fabulous patient artwork helping to launch the conference as well as some very creative submissions for conference presentations. Our programme for the event is almost final and we are looking forward to an exciting event that will stimulate discussion about Innovation and Technology in Mental Health.”

“The conference team has several streams which focus on different elements of the event planning and our service users are involved in every aspect. They have many ideas on how the event should be run and how we should be promoting it internally to our staff and service users /residents.”

Joy Chamberlain, Chief Executive Officer, Elysium Healthcare commented:

“We are passionate about hosting this event to help service users and residents engage with innovations in their treatment and stimulate discussion and debate. It is great to see the event taking shape and I am looking forward to what we hope to be an important annual event in Elysium’s calendar each year.”

For further information email: media@elysiumhealthcare.co.uk

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