Storying Sheffield

Engage. Transform. Flourish. 2nd February 2016

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) are holding an event on the 2nd February to further develop their strategy for collaboration and engagement with people who use their services.  The event will include a talk by Dr Rachel Perkins OBE: see below for information about Rachel. The event will be hosted by Dr Rachel Warner and Professor Brendan Stone, and will feature talks by people who use mental health services in Sheffield.

The event will run from 10am – 4pm in central Sheffield.

If you use or have used mental health services, and would like to come to the event, please get in touch with Sharon Sims (


Dr Rachel Perkins, OBE

Dr Rachel Perkins OBE is Senior Consultant for the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change Programme, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Disability Committee, and an editor for the Mental Health and Social Inclusion Journal.

Rachel’s former roles include: Director of Quality Assurance and User Experience at South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust; Chair of Equality 2025; Member of the English Mental Health Strategy Ministerial Advisory Group; Co-chair of the English Ministerial Working Group on Equalities in Mental Health; and an external advisory member of the Government’s Inter-Ministerial Group on Disability Employment.

Rachel lives and works with a long term mental health condition and is a member of National Mind External Relations Committee. In 2010 she was voted Mind Champion of the Year and awarded an OBE for services to mental health.

Rachel has written and spoken widely about recovery and social inclusion for people with mental health conditions, set up the first English Recovery College, pioneered the UK development of programmes to help people with mental health difficulties access employment using the ‘Individual Placement with Support’ approach and led an independent review to Government on mental health and employment.