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Lived experiences of patients in care and custody: How training and education can enhance safety and wellbeing

When: Thursday, March 7, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Zoom

Speaker: Dwayne Smith and Iris Benson MBE


We will have the exciting opportunity to hear from two former patients as they share their lived experience:

Dwayne Smith – Peer Consultant-Lived Experience Practitioner & Co-Production Advisor

Iris Benson MBE – Trauma Lived Experience Consultant Practitioner

See the speaker bios: Dwayne Smith and Iris Benson MBE speaker bios [PDF 1,272KB]

Dwayne and Iris will be joined by Dr Tony Bleetman, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, and colleagues from across the fields of security, emergency medicine, behavioural management, criminology and psychology to discus how training and education can improve the safety and wellbeing of persons in our care across a range of settings.

During this webinar, we will introduce our new online MSc in Enhancing the Safety and Wellbeing of Persons in Care and Custody, launching this September at Queen Mary University of London. We are delighted that Dwayne and Iris will be contributing to the 'Subject's Experience' module on the new programme, leading online sessions and tutorials. Their unqiue insights and perspectives will be sure to benefit potential students, giving them a clearer understanding of what to expect. We will also hear from other module leaders during the webinar.


  • Introduction: Tony Bleetman
  • My experience as a patient: Dwayne Smith and Iris Benson
  • Studying at Queen Mary: Professor Tim Harris
  • Module leaders describing their modules: Eric Baskind (academic lawyer and use of force expert), Stas Lifshitz (emergency physician and biomechanics expert), Tony Bleetman (consultant in emergency medicine and expert in safety of behavioural management and physical interventions), Stephanie Eaton (criminologist and sociologist), Jason Payne James (consultant in forensic medicine), Julia Renton (psychologist and clinical director of West London Mental Health Trust).
  • Closing remarks: Tony Bleetman

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an exciting and informative event.

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