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Advance statement project - Phase 2

Advance Statements for Black African and Caribbean People: Phase 2a Consensus vote on recommendations

The Advance Statements Project is a research project on getting advance statements to work for Black African and Caribbean service users who have previously been detained under the Mental Health Act, their carers, and mental health staff. We aim to work directly with these groups to create a process of completing and using advance statements that is acceptable and workable for all service users, their carers, and mental health staff.

An advance statement is a document that allows a service user to have a say in how they wish to be treated in the future if they become unwell or experience a crisis and are made with the help of family/friends, mental health professionals (i.e. your doctor, care coordinator or community mental health team), and people independent of your care (i.e., a general advocate, Independent Mental Health Advocate, or Independent Mental Capacity Advocate).

We now require service users, carers and staff to help us with the next phase where the recommendations and advice from Black service users, carers/supporters and Trust staff who participated in the workshops in Phase 1 will be voted on. During this time service users, carers/supporters and staff will vote on the best recommendations and these will be used for the Phase 2b co-production workshops.

When: 26th May 2022 – 2pm to 3.30pm

Where: ORTUS, 82-96 Grove Lane, London, SE5 8SN

Compensation £50 Voucher for service users and carers/supporters that take part

Are you interested? To confirm your attendance or if you have any questions, email:



We are holding a series of workshops and are encouraging service users, carers and mental health staff to take part. Participants (service users or carers) will receive a £15 voucher for taking part. You can take part if you are:

  • A service user aged 16 or over who has been previously detained under the Mental Health Act and identify as being Black British, Black African, Black Caribbean heritage or mixed heritage.
  • A carer/informal supporter of someone who is of Black British, Black African, Black Caribbean or mixed heritage.
  • A professional/staff member who is likely to be involved in the advance statements process i.e., mental health professional, advocate, peer worker, support worker, an Approved Mental Health Professional, a General Practitioner, or a Section 12 approved doctor.

Staff workshops

  • Thursday 14th April: 11am to 1pm (online)

Service user & Carer/Supporter workshops 

£15 voucher included for attending:

  • Tuesday 12th April: 2.30pm to 5pm (in-person)
  • Wednesday 4th May: 5.30pm to 8pm (online)
  • Thursday 12th May: 5.30pm to 7.30pm (online)

For more information about the project or to register your interest in taking part in a workshop, please email Abigail Babatunde, Research Associate, via

Qualitative Measures Workshops

Last year, you said the Trust needed to measure the success of our strategy, Aiming High; Changing Lives 2021 – 2026 through personal experience. 

In March, we held our first round of workshops to gather views on suggested areas of focus and ways we could collect this information. At our round two workshops in May, we will continue to co-produce this work with service users, carers, community, and Trust staff.

Workshop dates:

1.    Monday 23 May, 1pm – 3pm

2.    Thursday 26 May, 6pm – 8pm

3.    Tuesday 31 May, 10am – 12pm


Location: Online via Microsoft Teams 


Register via Eventbrite to join a workshop! Once registered, the event link will be emailed to you.

If you cannot attend a workshop, you can still share your thoughts through the online survey (Open from Monday 23 May)

Do share this information through your networks and we look forward to welcoming you on the day!  

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Download the Qualitative Measures Workshops Flyer (PDF)

Download the Qualitative Measures Workshops - Information Sheet (PDF)


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