The 7th DBI Gathering took place in Perth on 30th May 2019 with the theme for the event being “Evolution”, referring to Charles Darwin quote: “It is the long history of humankind that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed” The gathering Marked another key landmark in DBI development with the programme being extended to 16-17 year olds in two site.
Theresa Medhurst, Deputy Director of Adult Mental Health at the Scottish Government opened the event by welcoming all attendees, giving thanks to local and national partners for their work to drive and coordinate DBI. This was followed by input from Dr John Mitchell, Principal Medical Officer Psychiatry, Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division at the Scottish Government, reflecting on the DBI Journey Together, Past, Present and Future: The view from the Scottish Government.
Among the updates were Dr Jack Melson, Research Associate at the University of Glasgow providing an update on the DBI Extension Programme 16-17 year olds: Learning, Development and Training. Level 2 colleagues from Penumbra, LAMH, TRFS and Lifelink shared anonymised case examples, and Dr Edward Duncan from the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHPRU) at the University of Stirling along with colleagues associated with the DBI Independent Evaluation, Eileen Calveley and Dr Joanne McLean giving feedback on the evaluation progress to date. Colleagues from Moray were also welcomed to the DBI programme as the first DBI Associate Programme.