Glasgow City Council's Mental Health Officer's Forum (External organisation)

Calderwood, D. (Advisor)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Description

    I have been a member of this forum since 2007 and been Vice Chair since 2011 and Chair since 2020. The role involves me organising speakers to attend our quarterly MHO forum and ensuring that training opportunities are provided to enable MHOs to met their CPD requirements. I chair the forum and welcome speakers and facilitate question and answer sessions after the input. I organised input from a solicitor from the Scottish Government in relation to forensic services and I have organised that The President of The Mental Health Tribunal Service for Scotland and the new Chief Executive of The Mental Welfare Commission attend future forums. Last year we invited Dr Lawrence Nuttall and Dr Daryl Gunson from UWS to present their research into Spiritualism & the mental health of Muslim women and wrote a testimonial for the presenters to their funders (Oxfam) advising how useful their input had been. Glasgow staff had participated in the research and we hope to undertake further work in this area in the future. Part of my role also involves encouraging social workers in Glasgow to apply for the MHO course @ Strathclyde and to ensure that they are provided with practice assessors and shadowing opportunities. I have previously been asked to give input to The Practice Assessors Course by Learning Network West as as I had experience of dealing with a complex student who ultimately did not pass the course. I regularly liaise with the MHO Course Coordinator and always provide shadowing opportunities for candidates in the Out of Hours Service. Part of my role also involves responding to consultations with MHOs re forthcoming changes in policy and legislation. I sit on Glasgow's MHO Governance Group in my role as Chair of the forum and have been involved in producing a paper with colleagues re the future of MHO services in Glasgow.
    Period10 Mar 200710 Mar 2024
    Held atGlasgow City Council's Mental Health Officer's Forum, United Kingdom
    Degree of RecognitionLocal