Service User Network (SUN) Project symposium 2023: sharing, learning and connecting

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ORTUS Conferencing and Events Venue, 82-96 Grove Lane, London, SE5 8SN
Length and time
9:00 - 17:00
Course information
Course start date is passed
ORTUS Conferencing and Events Venue, 82-96 Grove Lane, London, SE5 8SN
Length and time
9:00 - 17:00
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About the symposium

We are very happy to invite you to the first SUN Project Symposium on Wednesday 19th July 2023 at the ORTUS Conferencing and Events Venue, Denmark Hill, South London, SE5 8SN. Service User Networks (SUN) Projects are open-access peer groups that offer support for patients in crisis. Groups provide a safe and non-judgemental space for members to give and receive support from other SUN members who may be going through similar struggles. Fellow members can offer help with emotional, relational, social & practical difficulties. Each group is led by two mental health professionals (clinicians and peer support workers) who use Therapeutic Community principles and the Appraisal Based Coping model to help members prevent crises and get the help they need.

SUN Projects are becoming increasingly popular in Mental Health Trusts, with over a dozen SUN Projects now commissioned across the country. This event, the world’s first SUN symposium, will include talks and poster presentations from leading experts in the field of SUN Projects since their inception, including clinicians, researchers and experts by experience. In addition, there will be opportunities for networking and sharing of real-world experiences with practitioners from different clinical services.

You are also invited to contribute a poster to the event. The deadline for submissions is 30th May. More details of the event will be released in due course.

This event is jointly organised by Maudsley Learning, King’s College London University and Croydon and Lewisham Personality Disorder Services at South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.


09:30 – 10:15

A history of learning from SUN Projects since their inception 18 years ago and future developments such as SDEC.

Dr Steve Miller

10:15 – 11:00

Learning from the first two years of a SUN project in Lewisham (with service-user participation).

Dr Thomas Dewhurst

Linda Amoakohene

Natalie Martello

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 11:45

Moving online in response to the pandemic.

Ms Trudi Carmichael

Ms. Patrice Tharpe

11:45 – 12:15

Learning from each other: how the online self-referral form (used in Lewisham) has improved accessibility to the SUN group in Croydon

Ms Trudi Carmichael

Dr Angeliki Zoumpouli

12:15 – 13:15


13:15 – 15:15

  1. Developing a co-produced SUN service: From design to delivery
  2. Audit of Bromley SUN Service and its Effectiveness in Reducing Service Users Use of other Acute Mental Health Services
  3. The SUN service model in City & Hackney, an emphasis on recovery from crisis rather than diagnosis
  4. “Life Changing… Probably Life Saving”: The Power of Peer Led Initiatives in Personality Disorder Care.

(~15min to present, ~5min for discussion)

Sindhu Vazhappulli

Rachel Davies

Maria Iliopoulos

Bryony Dale

15:15 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30

Plenary with a focus on next year's conference

Dr Steve Miller

Course schedule

Target audience
Medical students , Occupational therapists, Psychotherapists , MH nurses (incl trainees) , Healthcare assistants , Social workers, Psychiatrists (incl trainees), Psychologists (incl trainees), Assistant psychologists, Healthcare assistants, GPs,
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We value research and knowledge-sharing and will continue to contribute to the literature base on mental health education, addressing important research questions in this exciting field.