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Visiting Appointments

Sandra Escher
Belgium

Honorary Research Fellow at Birmingham City University

Sandra Escher, MPhil, PhD, was a science journalist and worked as a senior researcher at the University of Maastricht, focusing on children hearing voices. Sandra Escher and Marius Romme have over twenty-five years experience of working with voice-hearers, pioneering the theory and practice of accepting and working with the meaning in voices. Sandra is on the Board of Intervoice, the International Community for Hearing Voices.

Kevin Heffernan
West Midlands, United Kingdom

Honorary Research Fellow at Birmingham City University

Kevin is a Registered Mental Health Nurse by professional background and worked for 10 years as a clinician in North Birmingham Mental Health Trust. During this period he worked in a Crisis Resolution setting supporting the development and implementation of Home Treatment teams.

In his role as Lead Clinician of the Small Heath Home Treatment team, he was an integral member of the Beacon award-winning locality in Birmingham. Kevin went on to work as the Clinical Services Manager having responsibility for Home Treatment, Inpatients and acute day services within the Small Heath locality. His experience and expertise have been utilised by the World Health Organisation.

Kevin worked as a mental health consultant from 1999 - 2004, Kevin has supported and joint coordinated a programme to support the development and implementation of community based Mental Health Services in Kosovo and Albania. Kevin is currently an honorary research fellow with Birmingham City University and has supported a number of International collaboration initiatives within the Centre for Community Mental Health

Professor Marius Romme
Belgium

Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University

Marius Romme, MD, PhD, was Professor of Social Psychiatry at the Medical Faculty of the University of Maastricht (Netherlands) from 1974 to 1999, as well as Consultant Psychiatrist at the Community Mental Health Centre in Maastricht. He is now a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Community Mental Health, Birmingham City University. Sandra Escher and Marius Romme have over twenty-five years experience of working with voice-hearers, pioneering the theory and practice of accepting and working with the meaning in voices. Marius is the President of Intervoice, the International Community for Hearing Voices.

Professor Marcellino Smyth
Republic of Ireland

Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University

Currently, Professor Smyth is Consultant Psychiatrist at Bantry Hospital, West Cork Mental Health Serivces. Marcellino has held various posts in the West Midlands, including various Lead roles in North Birmingham Mental Health Trust, National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE), and was part of West Midlands Home Treatment Network, Birmingham Health Authority Local National Service Framework Implementation Team, Birmingham Irish Community Forum, National Inpatient Strategy Group & National Ethnic Minority Strategy Group. In Ireland, Professor Smyth is Founding President of Institute for Mental Health Recovery, and a member of Southern Health Board and National Expert Group on Mental Health Policy.