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NELFT’s Dialogue First service to host the Peer-support Open Dialogue National Conference

This year’s Peer-support Open Dialogue national conference takes place on Wednesday 28 February and will be the fifth annual event organised by NELFT. The event takes place at Regent Hall on Oxford Street in central London from 9.30am until 5pm.

Previous conferences have been well attended and have heard from a combination of clinicians and service users, who have talked, very movingly, about their experiences of Open Dialogue and the difference it has made to the lives of patients and their families.

The annual conference will be hosted by Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Research Dr Russell Razzaque (pictured at the conference in 2016) . In addition, given the international attention generated in Open Dialogue, the conference will be welcoming the founders and most high-profile Open Dialogue practitioners and teachers from around the world, including Jaakko Seikkula - who will be speaking on the day too.

Peer-supported Open Dialogue is a form of client-driven, relationship-centred mental healthcare that brings friends, families and peers together to support the person experiencing distress, helping them make sense of their experience and find a way forward together. This is different to the 1:1 care most receive today, and the emphasis is on enabling the person at the centre of care to take control and gain a sense of agency together with their social network from day one.

Tickets are on a donations basis – so pay as much or as little as you like – and it all goes to the cause of promoting Peer-supported Open Dialogue in the NHS. The event is sponsored by NELFT NHS Trust, and its Open Dialogue inspired national referral service; Dialogue First.

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For further information on Dialogue First, visit the NELFT website: