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New Mental Health Recovery Group

Here, Elaine Wilkes, Carers Education Worker writes about a new group to support people in Leeds:

I am really excited this morning along with my colleague Lokhi Roy!  We both work as part of Leeds Carers and stated a new group last night based on Mental Health Recovery!

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The group runs at Vale Circles once every two weeks from 5.30pm-7pm.  It is based on a group that has been running at Lovell Park for five years. Click here for the dates and venue details.

So why the excitement?  Well I experience depression and this is a group where anyone can come along if they have an interest in mental recovery.  This is:

  • Workers
  • People who have mental health problems
  • Carers
  • Anyone who is a combination of all the above

The group focuses on:

  • Hope that recovery can happen
  • Looking at things in a positive way
  • Knowing we experience negative things but looking at the type of things we do to overcome these

My dad died last March and I went to the Lovell Park  group  the week after his funeral.  I was ok but still at times tearful.  A member of the group mentioned railways (which my Dad loved) and I could feel myself becoming tearful.  I did not feel the need to hide the tears but talked about being upset by his death.  This led to other people talking about how they had overcome difficult things including deaths of people close to them.  I went away from that group feeling supported and more positive.  We also talked about techniques that can help all us cope at tough times

My hope for the Vale Circles Recovery Group is that we can develop a safe place where anyone feels comfortable to talk about things that are emotional and hard.  For me the key thing is we don’t stop there but focus on hope, how we can overcome pain and techniques to help all us of do this.

I don’t think it matters whether someone is a service user, carer or worker or all of these.  What matters to me is that we are people  and we all have things that are hard.  This group is about overcoming these things but also have fun and humour along the way.

If you would like further information about these sessions or to book yourself a place please contact 0113 85 54445 and ask for Elaine Wilkes or Lokhi Roy.

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New Care Act – key points for mental health

In this post, Jenny Titcombe, Senior Mental Health Social Worker, explains about the new Care Act and what it means for people accessing mental health services, carers and for people working in mental health………

What do people need to know about the new Care Act ?

• The government says the new Care Act (2014) is the biggest social care reform in the UK for over half a century. The Care Act aims to simplify all other laws and tries to make it clear exactly what people who need social care advice/ support can expect from their council.
• The wellbeing of people is at the centre of the new Care Act. Councils now have a duty to think about the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of people who need care. Councils also have a new duty to provide preventative services to keep people healthy in the first place. Council’s must also provide better information to help people access good care.
• For the first time the care system will be built around each individual person and what care they each need and want. Personal Budget’s are part of the new law which give people the power to spend allocated money on care that meets their needs and suits them best.
• The Care Act also introduces a cap on care costs for which an individual is liable (April, 2016)

More information is available here

What does The Care Act mean for carers?

• The Care Act also introduces new rights for carers. Now anyone who provides unpaid care or support to an adult family member or friend can arrange to have a carer’s assessment, irrespective of whether the person they care for has eligible needs. Previously only carers providing regular and substantial care were entitled to a carer’s assessment.
• For the first time, if a Carer has eligible needs of their own, they will have the right to support from the council.
More information is available at Carers UK herehere is a link to Carers Leeds and this link is to York Carers Forum.

What does this mean for people working in mental health?
• Social workers in Community Mental Health Teams have recently undergone training in The Care Act and have embraced changes to practice, process and paperwork.
• As a result of The Care Act, working age adults with mental health problems and professional referrers should find it easier to access funded support as assessments are based on an individual’s needs (rather than available services) and more flexible responses to meeting eligible needs should be available.
• The Care Act now makes integration, cooperation and partnership a legal requirement on local authorities and on all agencies involved in public care the NHS including independent or private sector organisations and housing. Those working in Mental Health Services should expect further moves towards integrated services over the coming years.
• The Care Act makes offering Personal Budgets to people with eligible social care need law. Although under separate legislation – there is likely to be a rise in personal health budgets and mixed (health and social care) budgets over coming years. Recently introduced regulations now makes it law that those eligible for NHS Continuing Health Care have a right to a Personal Health Budget.
Watch this space …

Jenny Titcombe
Senior Mental Health Social Worker

Peace/Joy/Love/Kindness/Laughter at SUN

An update from Bev Thornton about Leeds Service User Network, sounds like it was a very lively event…..

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Hello Everyone,

I wish to give some information about our SUN in Leeds of which I Chair, as well as an overview of our last SUN (Service User Network) event on the 7th January 2015 where we had Deacon Michael Mkpadi (LYPFT) discussing Spirituality and Recovery in mental health.

The SUN was re-launched in September 2012 and we were then having monthly meetings at Inkwell, our membership has steadily grown which meant we had to find larger more accessible premises. We then moved to St Chad’s function Hall Otley Road. We continue to promote and publicise SUN to have more people attending as we want to hear the service user/carer voice. SUN has become recognised in the Trust and we are now consulted on all policies/practises. A great achievement! We have guest speakers of member’s choice at every event.  All new members are welcomed and are encouraged to participate; it is a friendly environment, with refreshments available – you can read about the meetings here.

At SUN we have been involved in a piece of work which identifies important issues, from service users and carers points of view e.g. (Key Messages from SUN). Our Chief Executive Chris Butler has endorsed this. We have also initiated looking at YOU having a say in YOUR CHOICE of mental health worker, changing worker. Donna Kemp responsible for the Care Programme Approach in LYPFT is jointly working with us on this.

The SUN wouldn’t be where it is today without on-going support and contribution of Zara Farshi RASI (Recovery and Social Inclusion Team Manager) and Anne Perry RASI Team Administrator.

In our January 2015 event Deacon Michael Mkpadi was in for a big surprise when he arrived at St Chad’s there were 43 people there all welcoming him and were keen to discuss their individual stories of how their own spiritual beliefs had played a major role in their mental health recovery. We had people with diverse faiths and beliefs even Atheists, yet for those who shared their own story they had utmost respect shown to them. The atmosphere for the event was well in my opinion spiritually Awesome. Michael handed round a form and we collectively completed it asking us about Compassionate Care, in times when we are anxious/in crisis with emphasis on how important certain values rated to us. For example Peace/Joy/Love/Kindness/Laughter was among the list.

This followed a round the table discussion about how we all felt spirituality had aided our personal recovery. There were very moving stories, even people sharing who had attended SUN for the first time.  Everyone seemed to feel safe, secure and comfortable as well as knowing what was discussed was all confidential.

The event lasted 20 minutes longer than usual and at the end I was approached by some members to enquire if we could do this again but in an intimate way as they found it to be very uplifting. We intend to invite Deacon Michael Mkpadi to another SUN event later on in the year. So watch this space! You can read more about the impact of spirituality on mental health here.

Our next SUN event is on the 4th February 2015, 12.45pm – 3.00pm at St Chad’s when we will be having a discussion on ‘Increasing service-user involvement in care planning project’. Hope to see you there.

Bev Thornton, Chair

Please contact me know if you require further information tel O113 30 56758; email beverley.thornton1@nhs.net or SUN.lypft@nhs.net

Service User Networks – January dates

sun york janThe next LYPFT York, Service User Network Meeting will be held on 30th January 2015. The network covers Easingwold, Selby and Tadcaster as well as York. I am pleased to inform you that a representative from the Charity Together: for Mental Wellbeing which is an initiative to tackle mental health issues working with vulnerable groups of people who as a result of mental distress are intensive users of council, police, ambulance and fire services is going to attend to provide an update of the project and how it operates within this area.

As ever all are most welcome.

sun leeds janThe next LYPFT Leeds Service User Network meeting will be held on 7th January; the topic will be Spirituality. All welcome to come along; if you want to know a little more about what the meetings are like, then click here. The minutes from the December 2014 can be found here.

 

Service User Network: what it’s all about

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Here, Bev Thornton and Anne Perry tell us all about the Service User Network…….

What is the Service User Network (SUN)?

It’s a monthly get together which service users, carers and staff attend to share their ideas, give feedback and shared experiences which are used to directly influence practice. The main aim of the group is to work hand in hand with Trust aimed at improving services provided.

The events have a very friendly atmosphere which is hosted by two recovery and social inclusion workers, Bev bec and anneThornton and Anne Perry, who help encourage service users to give their views on topics that relate directly to the members.

Service users are also encouraged to participate in community involvement events as well as socialising and bringing general queries about Trust services to SUN. SUN meetings are based on the Recovery principles of empowerment, hope and equality, acceptance, choice, actively encouraging interest and participation in doing something meaningful, believing in people.  At the same time incorporating the Trusts values of respect, dignity, commitment to quality of care, working together, improving lives, compassion, and everyone counts.

SUN has guest speakers every month to involve and advise the service users giving them valuable information and two way feedback in aiding service users continued personal recovery.

Who are the SUN members?

They are service users, carer’s and staff who represent a diverse community groups.  Bev and Anne have promoted the SUN to outside community groups and have established a good attendance from these groups, providing diverse and wide range of knowledge and life experiences.

Current Membership

Current membership is 47.  Bev and Anne are continually canvassing to increase membership.  They are now looking to establish a SUN in the West of Leeds and in the future the South.

 What can SUN do for me?

You can bring your ideas or concerns about Trust Services to SUN and it will be reported to the Trust governance/committee meetings for comment and action ensuring service users issues are addressed and dealt with.

From service users point of view SUN has helped them in their own recovery by giving them a voice, which is listened to and valued.  For example changes to the Care Programme Approach were due directly to service user’s feedback, which shows how valued and respected the SUN’s opinion is.

People are encouraged to tell their own stories, which prove to be a positive experience for all service users and unites the group. People are invited to participate in involvement requests from the Trust i.e. interview panels, Psychiatrist training, test ward rounds prior to Care Quality Commission inspections

SUN‘s success has meant that all Trust policies and procedures are brought to SUN for consultation prior to implementation.

When and where does SUN & mini SUN meet?

St Chad’s

The first Wednesday of every month 12.45 to 15.00 at St Chad’s Community Hall, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS16 5JT.  Refreshments are provided.  Public Travel expenses can be reimbursed.

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Enhancing the Quality of User Involved Care Planning in Mental Health Services (EQUIP)

EQUIP are  now recruiting service user and carer participants to take part in the latest study in the EQUIP programme grant. The aim of the study is to develop a questionnaire to help us find out if you have been adequately involved in your care plan (or the care plan of somebody you care for).

    • Take part: Online questionnaire (£10 voucher for taking part)
    • Request a paper copy of the questionnaire
      Julie O’rourke (EQUIP Administrator)
      +44 (0) 161 306 7863

Further information

If you have any questions or would like more information about this study, please contact:

  • Chris Gibbons (EQUIP Study co-ordinator)

chris.gibbons@manchester.ac.uk

  • Claire Fraser (EQUIP Programme Manager)

+44 (0) 161 306 7882
claire.fraser@manchester.ac.uk

LYPFT Trust Wide Care Programme Approach Policy

The Trust Wide Care Programme Approach Policy (including arrangements for Standard Care Plan) has now been published at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust following a review of the outgoing CPA Policy; it identifies best practice as outlined by the Department of Health, Nice Guidance and the various frameworks supporting practice. There was consultation across Leeds and York – clinical groups, service user and carer groups, social care and partner agencies.

Of note, the following are included within the policy:

  • The term ‘Standard Care Plan’ will be used to describe the arrangements for people not on CPA (this replaces the term ‘care plan’)
  • Involving people in developing their Care Plan and writing the care plan in a way to reflect this
  • The person (and their carer if agreed) should be provided with a copy of their Care Plan
  • Agreeing with the individual the best way to arrange their ‘Review’ – CPA or Standard Care Plan
  • Guidelines for Section 117 Aftercare including template for discharge or transfer – these have been agreed across the local authorities in Leeds, York and North Yorkshire

You can find a copy of The Trust Wide Care Programme Approach Policy (including arrangements for Standard Care Plan)  here.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2016, work on that will start in the next 9 -12 months. In the meantime, please feel free to leave your comments or feedback, they will be considered in the review. Nearer the time, I will be asking for people to express interest in getting involved with the review……..

Donna Kemp | CPA Development Manager | donna.kemp@nhs.net

 

 

 

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