This year I have participated in the Autism Dialogue programme developed by Jonny Drury, in Sheffield, based upon Bohm Dialogue principles that are widely used in business and academia. The inaugural conference took place on the 14th December 2018 and I was invited to speak about the impression that AD had on me. The process […]

“It was this prognosis of doom, this life sentence, this death before death that I instinctively rejected when the words “You are wrong” formed silently within me. With the wisdom of hindsight I understand why this moment in the psychiatrist’s office was a major turning point in my recovery process. When I rejected the prognosis of doom […]

The idea of dialogue, in relation to my developing professional practice, and also within my research work, seems to be occurring more and more frequently. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a dialogue as either: A conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or film. ‘the book consisted of a series […]

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – access to reproductive services for disabled women

The venue was the college itself in London, a building lined with rather magisterial portraits of former alumni and professors. The conference covered all aspects of sexual and reproductive health, from sex education in schools, through to family planning and contraceptives, via pregnancy, labour and birth, with some stop-offs around the menopause and also sex […]

**Please note all views in this blog post and website are my own and are in no way affiliated or represent the Derbyshire Autism Partnership Board.** I attended my first ever Autism Partnership Board (APB) meeting for Derbyshire and I have to say (quite ashamedly) how much it has opened my eyes to the scope […]

This week I attended the first two of six days of a personal development programme run jointly between NHS England and People Hub after I was successful in my application to take part in the Peer Leadership Academy. The Derbyshire PHB Network leader Tina Brown was kind enough to forward me the applicant’s information which […]