Gwen Adshead


Individual Partner: Gwen Adshead, Consultant forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Previous contributor to work with Professor Bill Fulford

Preferred contact: and/or

Resident in: UK

Working in: UK, (NHS Trust, Fareham) 

Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Education/reflective practice and values based practice, Management, Meeting/ASS (Advanced Studies Seminar), Meeting/, Publications/CUP series, Publications/, Research/philosophy, Research/values and dilemmas in forensic psychiatric practice, Services/person-centered, Services/teamwork[forensic], Services/Other/psychotherapy and values-based practice.

Related Area(s) of Interest: Ethics, Health economics, Medical humanities/ narratives in psychotherapy and criminology

Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Mental health/General, Mental health/forensic, psychological therapies

Brief Description of Work
My interests are: 1) clashes of value between the individual and the state: as is common in forensic psychiatry. Service users may express beliefs and values that are contrary to law and are antisocial in nature; yet respect for autonomy and personal recovery encourage professionals to validate service users’ personal narratives. 2) tensions between forensic practice seeking to change the values of service users as unacceptable and the recovery agenda and positive risk taking. 3) The role of reflective practice in exploring anxieties about roles/responsibilities and the ‘values’ that are taken up by different staff members.

Read more: See forthcoming chapter by Fulford & Adshead in Puri & Treaseden: textbook of psychiatry.