Jim has been a qualified social worker since 1984. He is also an approved mental health professional. He worked with children initially and now looks after adults with mental health problems in Lewisham. He was born and bred in Lewisham and sees his job as “looking after his own” in many ways.
His role forms part of the Support and Recovery team which also comprises psychologists and psychiatrists. He sees his job as very much a “team effort”.
Dr Tom Werner is a locum consultant psychiatrist with the Speedwell support and recovery team in Deptford. He trained and worked at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at Maudsley Hospital and in the Cognitive Therapies Division of City and Hackney’s Psychotherapy Department. He has extensive experience of working with a range of different client groups including adult mental health, older people, people suffering with addiction and children and families.
His specific interests are service user lead project work on a recovery resource website (LetsBwell) and physical health and mental illness. He is also a governor of the Trust, a cognitive behavioural therapist, director of LetsBwell and trustee of a musical charity Song in the City Charity Trust.
The Speedwell service and recovery team operates out in the community in Lewisham and they have approximately 360 patients in their care, with 17 GP’s practices linking with the team. The needs in the local population are often related to high levels of social deprivation and poverty.