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ALL IN THE MIND
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Dr Raj Persaud explores the limits and potential of the mind, revealing the latest research and bringing together experts and commentators from the worlds of psychiatry, psychology and mental health.
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Wednesday 16 October 2002
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Julia Jones, Modern Matron at Bradford District Care Trust's Lynfield Mount Hospital with Raj Persaud

Bradford

This week Dr Raj Persaud leaves London and the studio far behind and catches a train north to Bradford. The reason - to see for himself some of the ground-breaking initiatives that mental health services in Bradford are pioneering. There's a huge variety, but the core value of them all is that the patient comes first - they're committed to delivering what the service user needs and wants rather than what the service providers think they need.

The model they employ is called 'post-psychiatry'. It was developed by Pat Bracken and Phil Thomas, two consultant psychiatrists at the forefront of a movement called Critical Psychiatry. They were determined to deliver mental health services which really addressed the problems facing service users, believing that unless you confront the day to day pressures that poverty brings you have little hope of improving a person's mental health.

In the course of his day in Bradford Raj meets:-

Dr Phil Thomas, Consultant Psychiatrist with Bradford District Care Trust, in charge of the Assertive Outreach Team and a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Health Studies, Bradford University.

Julia Jones, Modern Matron in charge of acute wards at Lynfield Mount Hospital.

Peter Relton, Service User Development Worker with Bradford District Care Trust's Home Treatment Team.

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Peter Relton with Raj Persaud

Pat Bracken, Consultant Psychiatrist with Bradford District Care Trust, who has pioneered a different way of working with asylum seekers, and is currently on sabbatical, setting up the new Centre for Citizenship and Community Mental Health in the School of Health Studies at Bradford University.

Salma Yasmin, Coordinator of Shared Voices, a Community Development Project aimed at establishing mental health services tailored to Bradford's Asian and African-Caribbean communities.

And reporter, Claudia Hammond, spends a day with the Assertive Outreach Team.

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