Our Profiles

flowerThe Co-Directors of ARW are Roberta & Andrew Wetherell both of whom have proven track records in mental health training and development work

Roberta Wetherell

Roberta picA founding member and former National Co-ordinator of the United Kingdom Advocacy Network & Founder Chairperson of the European Network of Users and Ex-Users in Mental Health, Roberta was also a member of the NHS Executives Mental Health Task Force User Group, The National Users and Carers Group and has sat on a number of advisory committees both to the U.K. Government and the European Parliament. She has previously managed and now develops advocacy services. Her work has been published and covers advocacy, training packs and research for The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health where she was an associate trainer until 2006. Although she has published many articles, reports and chapters, her favourite publication was an evaluation of an assertive outreach project, this reviewed the quality of life of people using the project. She now runs a freelance mental health training & development consultancy with her husband, Andrew. Roberta is currently a Mental Health Act Manager and also has specialist knowledge about service user participation in secure mental health services. Roberta has also, with Andrew, developed a very flexible model of service user evaluation which can be used to monitor and evaluate service quality with any client group. The model has been used in Forensic, Acute and Community settings. Roberta has also participated on the Governments advisory group reviewing the changes to the Care Programme Approach.

Brief Strengths C.V.

Roberta was a researcher and trainer with The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health pilot projects into Case Management in 1991 and during this time she became aware of The Strengths Model Approach” (developed by Charlie Rapp in the U.S.A.) and has since worked (mainly with Steve Morgan) in delivering training in respect of this model.

Some of the recipients of this training include:

  • West Sussex Joint Agencies Training Initiative
  • Various C.M.H.T. Staff in The Black Country
  • Doncaster & South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust

Roberta is keen to encourage practitioners to use this model as she has seen from personal experience the significant benefits for service users and practitioners alike.

Andrew Wetherell

AndrewAndrew has worked in the U.K. Mental Health Service User Movement since early 1994 and his work has included developing self-help support initiatives and managing advocacy services. He was Chairperson of the United Kingdom Advocacy Network (1997 ~ 1998) and was a member of the Governments Independent Reference Group. During 1998 & 1999, Andrew worked for the NHS Executive and was responsible for service user participation at Ashworth, Broadmoor & Rampton High Security Hospitals. Until March, 2000, he worked with the Hamlet Trust developing service user initiatives in Central & Eastern Europe. He now runs a freelance mental health training & development consultancy with his wife, Roberta. Andrew was also an Associate Trainer with The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health from 1997 to 2006.

Brief Risk C.V.

Andrew was trained by Steve Morgan (formerly Practice Development Manager for Risk ~ The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health) and since June 2000 has delivered various clinical risk assessment & management workshops to the whole range of mental health practitioners.

Some of the recipients of this training include:

  • Argyll & Bute CHP / NHS Highland
  • Conwy & Denbighshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust
  • Greater Glasgow PCT
  • Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Fife Primary Care NHS Trust
  • The Friarage Hospital NHS Trust
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Newham Community Health Services NHS Trust
  • Rotherham PCT
  • South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • West London Mental Health NHS Trust
  • West Sussex Joint Agencies Training Initiative

As well as one and two-day practitioner workshops, Andrew delivers a one-day workshop on “Assessing & Managing Risk in Mental Health” for the London-based conference & training organisation “GateHouse”. He also has broad experience of delivering “Training the Trainer” programmes for practitioners to enable sustainable local ongoing risk training.

ARW has a “pool” of service user consultants / trainers and associate consultants from professional mental health and social care backgrounds. For specific details of our personnel, please contact the ARW office.