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Working with Complexity: Women's Mental Health Services in Manchester (conference)

This one-day conference will provide updates on the latest policy and practice around support for women with complex needs to mental health practitioners.

Date and time: To be confirmed
Location: Forensic Academy, The University of Manchester
Fee: To be confirmed
Contact us: Email or phone +44 (0)161 306 7802


This one-day conference at The University of Manchester will provide an update on the latest understanding of women's mental health and best practice around supporting women with complex needs.

We invite professionals to join us to get up to date with the latest policy and practice around support for women with complex needs.

The day will be made up of key talks and workshops that will focus on topics such as personality difficulties, attachment processes, positive risk taking, discharge planning and recovery for women in mental health services.

See a programme for the event: Working With Complexity programme (PDF, 60KB).

Who should attend?

The conference is aimed at mental health practitioners who work with women within inpatient settings. The conference is open to both qualified and support staff. 

Learning objectives

  • To increase awareness of the most recent developments in the research base on management of self harm.
  • To develop understanding of personality difficulties and implications for intervention.
  • To develop understanding of the role of relational processes in personality difficulties. 

About the facilitators

Dr Tammi Walker

Tammi Walker is a Chartered Psychologist and Associated Fellow registered with the British Psychological Society. She is Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester.

Since 1999, she has undertaken research with women who have multiple, complex needs and is particularly interested in self-injury and suicide in offenders accommodated in secure settings. She is an invited member of the advisory group for Suicide Prevention in Prisons, a project that is being delivered by The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Centre for Mental Health.

She is also a member of the Practitioner and Stakeholder Group (NOMS), which supports the work of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on Deaths in Custody, Trustee and a member of the management and leadership for the Counselling in Prisons Network.

She has worked as a practitioner and a researcher in this challenging field, and is the lead author of the book 'Preventing Self-Injury and Suicide in Women's Prisons', as well as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology.  

Dr Jayne Taylor

Dr Jayne Taylor is a clinical psychologist working within the Adult Forensic Service of the Specialist Services Network of Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) NHS Foundation Trust. She is also Honorary Lecturer at The University of Manchester.

Since her arrival at GMMH in 2002, she has specialised in the treatment of women who are at risk to themselves or others. Within that role, she has worked extensively with women with complex difficulties, working across settings and levels of security. She is currently the Lead Psychologist for the Women's Service at the Adult Forensic Service.

In 2014, Dr Taylor became Clinical Lead for the Rivendell Service, a treatment unit at HMP New Hall, West Yorkshire developed as part of  the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway for women. 

In addition to her clinical work, she teaches at universities within the region, and has a special interest in working with women and the relationship between gender and offending behaviour.

How to book your place

You will be able to book online or via a downloadable form once a date has been confirmed. You can contact us to join our mailing list and receive updates on this event.

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7802