Recovery Experience Forum of Carers and Users of Services
REFOCUS is made up of 10 service users and 10 family members, who have given of their time to work with the College in improving training of psychiatrists, and in identifying ways to improve our mental health services.
Over the last 4 years, through a series of meetings, REFOCUS has debated these issues, and a subgroup has written a paper, looking specifically at the role of the carer entitled Who Cares? Listening to the needs and experiences of carers of people with mental illness. College faculties and Council have had an opportunity to advise and comment on the paper, but the content of the paper is solely the responsibility of service users and carers of people who have used the service. Council members have welcomed the paper as a means of facilitating more dialogue between College members and both users of their services and their family members/carers.
In 2015, the REFOCUS group also published their Inaugural Report which documents all of it's work since the groups inception in 2011. The full inaugural report is available to download.
The Committee recently published its Annual Report 2015 which is available to download here.
REFOCUS at NCHD Conference
FROM L-R: Jeannine Webster, John Kidney, REFOCUS co-chair and co-ordinator, Dr Anne Jeffers
For REFOCUS Committee Activity 2015 click here
September 2016 REFOCUS Meeting
To read about the 3rd Quarter 2016 meeting click here
September 2014 REFOCUS Meeting
The group welcomed 3 new members to the group and shared their valuable insights into their own lived experiences with the Mental Health Service. Read more about the meeting here
July 2014 - New members for REFOCUS sought
The group is currently recruiting new members and invites expressions of interest. The deadline for applications is 14th August 2014. Please find further details here.
March 2014 - REFOCUS at NCHD Conference 2014
Dr Anne Jeffers, Ms Jeannine Webster and Mr Diarmuid Ring recently spoke at the College’s Annual NCHD Conference. Presenting “On Learning from the Patient”, they spoke with valuable insight on engagement with service users and their families, and on their own experiences of recovery respectively.
November 2013: Recovery paper launched
The group presents their latest paper, “On the One Road to Recovery”, launched at the College’s Winter Meeting, November 2013, by a service user sub group of REFOCUS. In this paper, the group use their experience to help trainee psychiatrists, and to help to all who experience mental illness and to their families. Please click on the link below to read.
The Committee is currently drafting two new papers on Family Dynamics and Spirituality.
REFOCUS workshop at Spring Conference 2013:
Partnership and Sharing Approaches- Who Cares? The Carer Perspective for Psychiatrists
Prepared by carers’ subgroup of REFOCUS CPsychI with a foreword by Dr Anne Jeffers, Director External Affairs & Policy 2013. This paper was launched at the College's Spring Conference 2013, in conjunction with a workshop, “Partnership and Sharing Approaches- Who Cares? The Carer Perspective for Psychiatrists". Please find photos here.
REFOCUS Media Coverage
Brian McNulty & Anne Jeffers on Ireland AM
REFOCUS CPsychI Members
Dr. Anne Jeffers
Dr. Clodagh Power
Laura Louise Condell
Dr. Marina Bowe
Dr. Verena Keane