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Professor Geoff Shepherd

Updated: Dec 20, 2018

Keynote Speaker Professor Geoff Shepherd



Wednesday May 8th Tallinn University Changing mental health services. How to get it done?

Professor Geoff Shepherd trained originally as a clinical psychologist. He has worked most of his career in the National Health Services in the United Kingdom as a practitioner, manager and researcher.

From 1994-1997, he was Head of Research for the Sainsbury Centre in London (now Centre for Mental Health) and from 1997-2002, Chief Executive of the Health Advisory Service. In 1996, he was made visiting Professor of Mental Health Rehabilitation in the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry. His last job in the NHS (2002-2006) was as Director of Partnerships & Service Development for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Foundation trust.

He has a longstanding interest in work and employment issues for people with mental health problems and is now co-leading a project based at the Centre for Mental Health exploring the problems of implementing more recovery-oriented services. He also works one day a week providing technical support and advice to mental health inreach teams in local prisons and undertakes other consultancy work.

He is currently employed part-time at the Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network leading the ImROC programme (“Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change”). This is a national programme, a new approach to helping people with mental health problems.

Geoff Shepherd has a particular interest in employment issues for people with mental health problems, both in mental health services and outside, and in the application of recovery principles in forensic services. He holds a visiting chair at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London.

Professor Shepherd will share with us his 30 years of experience in changing mental health care into community care, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery support. The main focus of his lecture will be: how to make organisational changes? What are the key elements which make old systems turn around? 

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