Refocus on Recovery 2019


Julie Repper (Workshop 1 – Co-Production)

Julie is Director of ImROC. ImROC works in partnership with communities to develop systems, services and cultures that support recovery and wellbeing for all.  Julie is also joint editor of the Journal of Mental Health and Social Inclusion and  recently retired from being Recovery Lead at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust.

Julie has extensive experience of working as a nurse, manager, researcher and lecturer in mental health services, she has also been a Trustee of various voluntary sector groups, sits on a number of national committees and uses mental health services herself.

It is all of these experiences that drive her belief in the need to improve serviecs and offer more Recovery focused support. She strives to work across boundaries and with whole systems – including people who use services, health, social care and third sector providers, commissioners and academic institutions – to support collaborative approaches to facilitating Recovery.


Peter Bartlett

(Workshop 2 – Mental Health and International Law)

Peter Bartlett is Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Professor of Mental Health Law in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham. He has advised menta health law reform in Bosnia and Herzogovina, Armenia, Serbia, Georgia and Lesotho, and in 2013-15 was the expert advisor for the House of Lords Committee on the implentation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. He has published extensively on human rights law and mental health/capacity/disability. His open access publications may be found at


Pesach Lichtenberg

(Workshop 3 – Soteria Houses)

Pesach Lichtenberg, M.D., is a Jerusalem psychiatrist and associate professor of psychiatry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After many years during which he served as the director of a closed psychiatric inpatient ward, he left in 2016 in order to establish the first Soteria home in Israel. He opened a second one in 2017, also in Jerusalem. Since then the model has been recognised by the Israeli Ministry of Health, and similar homes have begun to be established elsewhere in the country.



Michael Rowe

(Workshop 4 – Strategies for Promoting Citizenship)

Michael Rowe, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. His main areas of study, research and writing are citizenship, an applied framework for full social inclusion and participation, mental health outreach and homelessness, peer studies, and medical humanities. He is the author of many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and other publications, and of six books, including Citizenship and Mental Health, Crossing the Border: Encounters Between Homeless People and Outreach Workers, Classics of Community Psychiatry and The Book of Jesse: A Story of Youth, Illness and Medicine.


Helen Hamer

(Workshop 4 – Strategies for Promoting Citizenship)

Helen Hamer is an independent nurse consultant with extensive years of experience in both physical and mental health settings, teaching and supervising clinical staff and peer workers, delivering workshops that promote social inclusion and working with people on their journeys of recovery. Her research interests are in citizenship; social justice; rights; inclusion; mental health law and procedural justice and modelling the consumer-clinician alliance to promote research that directly informs practice. She also has experience in leading and facilitating systems change to increase integration across primary and secondary care systems. She holds an honorary academic/research role at PRCH Yale University, Connecticut and has since supported and facilitated the development and delivery of the Citizenship Project in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Stefan Rennick Egglestone

(Workshop 5 – Designing Sensitive Digital Health Interventions)

Stefan is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, and the coordinator for NEON, a five-year programme of work looking at whether recovery stories can be of benefit to people experiencing psychosis. Stefan has an interest in both mental health and interaction design research; his PhD considered the question of tailoring self-management technologies to the homes and motivations of stroke survivors. He will present a workshop on methods for designing digital interventions which take account of the needs of the individual, and which support an individual in making a meaningful recovery.