Dialogue First service

Dialogue First - A new person-centred mental health service utilising key principles of Open Dialogue

Where it all began

A number of NHS Trusts have been discussing and examining Open Dialogue in the UK for the the past last few years, and in March 2014, NELFT NHS Foundation Trust took a position of leadership in this emerging coalition by organising a national conference on developing Open Dialogue in the NHS -- attended by 150 healthcare staff and mental health service users from across the country. You can find out more information about that event here.

This led several NHS Trusts to commit to setting up the Peer-Supported Open Dialogue (POD) Services over the next few years.

The NHS trusts involved include NELFT, North Essex, Nottinghamshire and Kent and Medway.

Find out more about our pioneering Dialogue First service via the pages below


UK Open Dialogue conference: 25 April 2016

We will be hosting our second annual conference on peer-supported Open Dialogue at Logan Hall, London on the 25 April 2016. Tickets are donation-based and all proceeds go towards the development and dissemination of Peer-supported Open Dialogue in the UK.

For more information, and to secure your place at this year's conference, please click here


“For the word (and consequently for the human being) there is nothing more terrible than a lack of response” – Mikhail Bakhtin

What we like is that everyone gets a chance to speak and be heard and understood.