REFOCUS CPSYCHI 

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. 

REFOCUS Papers

The Committee is currently drafting two new papers on Family Dynamics and Spirituality.


Partnership & Sharing Approaches - Who Cares? The Carer Perspective for Psychiatrists
Dr Anne Jeffers and members of the College REFOCUS group: Liam Hennessy; Kara Madden and Jeannine Webster
Partnership & Sharing Approaches - Who Cares? The Carer Perspective for Psychiatrists
Dr Anne Jeffers and members of the College REFOCUS group: Liam Hennessy; Kara Madden and Jeannine Webster
Partnership & Sharing Approaches - Who Cares? The Carer Perspective for Psychiatrists
Dr Anne Jeffers and members of the College REFOCUS group: Liam Hennessy; Kara Madden and Jeannine Webst

Please find photos of the conference workshop here




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

        Angela Dooley          

              Julie Healy

        Dr. Anne Jeffers        

              Kara Madden    

        Brian McNulty           

              Kevin Jones

        Dr. Clodagh Power                 

              Laura Louise Condell

        Christine McCabe                      

              Louisa Corr

        Diarmuid Ring

              Dr. Marina Bowe

        Eileen McCluskey              

              Rick Rossiter

        George Bridges

              Tony Blackmore

        Jeannine Webster

              Dr. Verena Keane

        John Kidney

 

Angela Dooley
Kara Madden
Jeannine Webster
Christine McCabe
Julie Healy
Colette Fahy
Vivienne Dick
Tony Blackmore
John Casey
George Bridges 
John Kidney
Ciaran Crummey
Karen Cobbe
Derek Mullen
Liam Hennessy
Brian McNulty
Neil Powell
Lisa Butterly
Diarmuid Ring
Kevin Jones 
John Dixon
Andrea Ryder
Anne Jeffers 
Sibeal Farrell 
Angela Dooley
Kara Madden
Jeannine Webster
Christine McCabe
Julie Healy
Colette Fahy
Vivienne Dick
Tony Blackmore
John Casey
George Bridges 
John Kidney
Ciaran Crummey
Kevin Jones
Derek Mullen
Liam Hennessy
Brian McNulty
Neil Powell
Lisa Butterly
Diarmuid Ring
Kevin Jones 
John Dixon
Andrea Ryder
Anne Jeffers 
Sibeal Farrell 








Prepared by carers’ subgroup of REFOCUS CPsychI 
with a foreword by Dr Anne Jeffers, Director External Affairs & Policy                            2013
 

Prepared by carers’ subgroup of REFOCUS CPsychI 
with a foreword by Dr Anne Jeffers, Director External Affairs & Policy                            2013