Ideas shared at CPFT cultural conference

More than 80 people attend fifth annual event

Ideas shared at CPFT cultural conference
04 September 2014

More than 80 people attended CPFT’s annual cultural and mental health conference.

The event, now in its fifth year, was organised by Shama Kanwar, the Trust’s Community Development Worker (pictured), and hosted by Professor Peter Jones, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at CPFT and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge.

The day-long conference at the Kingsgate Conference Centre in Peterborough included a host of lecturers and workshops relating to culture, mental health and new ways of working.

Shama said: “I think it’s about getting people to think about the wider issues, so not just the superficial things like dress, diet and language, but really starting to think about how they consider access and how they work with service users and their families as well.”

“Some of the key themes have been around mental capacity learning disabilities, and just how we view culture and difference on the whole.

“One of the presentations’s said, don’t be colourblind, don’t just say I treated everybody the same, actually listen to each person, listen to their narrative and how they make sense of their diverse background and then provide a service.

“Actually, we complicate it, but really it’s what we should be doing anyway.”


For more information contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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