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Spirituality & Recovery Event

Guest post from Bev:

Service User Network meet monthly. It is for people who are or who have accessed LYPFT services within the past 12 months, including carers.

In January 2015 we had Reverend Michael Mkpadi attend to discuss Spirituality and Recovery. We all completed a Compassionate Care survey, to score from a list of values their importance, when people are unwell; here are the top themes:

sun dec 2015Love

Being accepted

Trust

Safety

Compassion

Peace

Patience

Kindness 

The event in January was well attended, over 40  people were there. It was a very inspirational interactive discussion, where all  people shared their own spiritual experiences. Everyone’s feedback was extremely positive and they requested this session should be repeated again. You can read the testimonials here

I wish to advertise  16th December SUN meeting (see poster above) where  we will again be  discussing with Michael Mkpadi Spirituality and Recovery. I hope to see many new faces there. If you wish to find out more information please contact the Chair Bev Thornton, details on the poster.

Thanks

 

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Beyond Existing, support group for men & women who have been abused

beyond existingBeyond Existing: Therapeutic Support Groups for Adults Who Have Been Abused (www.beyondexisting.org.uk)

Beyond Existing currently have vacancies in the Women’s Group. The next meeting is this coming Saturday 7th November 2015 between 10.00 and 12.00. We now meet in LEEDS CITY CENTRE, but we can provide/fund transport if someone has a genuine difficulty in getting to the venue.

A new Men’s Group will start in January 2016. Referrals are being taken now; the number of places is limited.

Click here for a leaflet with more information;   to make a referral please ring Jacki Pritchard on 0114 270 1782.

 

 

Research: LYPFT participating in EQUIP project

EQUIP: Enhancing the quality of user involved care planning in mental health services

LYPFT are pleased to be involved in the EQUIP trial, involving service users, carers and clinical teams in research. Here is an outline of the project and what it entails for participants.equip logo

  • The EQUIP project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme.
  • A joint project between University of Manchester; Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust; University of Nottingham; and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
  • 5 year programme
  • Aim: to develop, evaluate, implement and disseminate a user/carer led training package for mental health professionals to improve user/carer involvement in care planning

Service user and carer participation:

  1. Researchers and Trust clinical studies officers assess eligibility of service users for participation in the trial
  2. Service users are written to, inviting expressions of interest to participate
  3. Face to face informed consent is sought
  4. Service user is asked to identify an involved carer, friend, family member
  5. Care coordinator asked to complete a brief risk assessment
  6. Baseline questionnaire data is gathered prior to team training
  7. Questionnaires are repeated 6 months after team training

Clinical team participation:

  1. There are 3 pairs of community teams identified across Leeds and York
  2. Teams are randomly assigned to control and experiment groups
  3. All Mental Health professionals and Allied Health Professional’s will be asked to participate in the training (80%+ participation required)
  4. The training package – co-produced and co-delivered with users and carers – is delivered over 2 days (October/ November 2015)
  5. Team clinical supervision is offered post training (6 hours)
  6. At the end of the trial, training will also be offered to the control groups

There is opportunity for service users, carers and Mental Health professionals to participate in interviews to explore the impact of the training after the event.

If you have any questions or comments, then please do not hesitate to contact donna.kemp@nhs.net

Additional support at Dial House, Leeds, for people in crisis

Fiona Venner announces extra opening hours for Dial House in Leeds:

I am delighted to inform you that from Wednesday 1st April, thanks to increased NHS funding, Dial House will be open on Wednesday nights from 6pm to 2am as well as Friday to Monday nights.

Dial hse

Dial House is our flagship service, founded in 1999, and continues to provide a place of sanctuary and support to people in acute distress which is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalisation and statutory services.

Our second crisis house, Dial House @ Touchstone, opened in October 2013 to provide crisis support on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-11pm for people from BME groups, who did not traditionally access Dial House.

From 1st April, we will have a house open every night of the year, which was the vision of our founders, a group of campaigning mental health service users, who worked tirelessly to bring the organisation into existence in the 1990s.

We also have the Connect helpline, open every night of the year from 6-10.30pm and a programme of group work. From April 2015, this will comprise a social and support group, two Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Transgender groups, a specific Transgender group and a Coping with Crisis group.

If you would like leaflets about any or all of our services, please email michelle.noad@lslcs.org.uk or telephone 0113 260 9328.

 

 

Smoking in NHS Trusts – what’s your view?

Smoking is an emotive subject: health; choice; freedom; rights; collateral cost. Never more so than in the NHS, Trusts are increasingly going Smoke Free. At March’s Service User Network, the topic is ‘Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust’s smoking policy’ – all welcome to join in the discussion, but in the meantime:Sun March 2015

What are your views about people smoking during an inpatient stay? 

What can and should Trusts do to support people to stop smoking?

What about NHS staff smoking?

Click here for the transcript of a WeMHN’sTwitterchat about Mental Health and Smoking.

Exciting Start to 2015 for Recovery Service

It’s been an exciting but fast-paced start to 2015, For those of us in Rehabilitation and Recovery Services over at Asket Croft/House.

As you may remember from our previous post introducing ourselves as the new Recovery Centre partnership team, and outlining the planned changes to R&R services, things had been building here at Asket in the lead up to Christmas, culminating in the big ‘moving week’ from 5th January. On this date, the Millside R&R inpatient unit closed its doors and, with the help of lots of vans and plenty of extra staff on hand, service users were supported in moving to their new homes on either the new Asket Croft ward, or the more independent Asket House ward. The following day, the same happened at the Towngate unit, meaning by Wednesday both the Croft and House were fully operational.

It wasn’t just our service users who were moving though. The closing of Millside and Towngate has also meant that existing inpatient staff who had been working on these units have also moved bases and teams, coming together to get to know their new colleagues and find their feet on new wards – as well as getting to know ourselves in the Recovery Centre team and finding out more about what our role will be alongside working alongside them. It has been a challenging but exciting period of change for all, with lots to work out as the teams with existing ways of working have all merged – whether that’s where to have handover or where to put plates in the kitchens!

road to recoveryAt the Recovery Centre not much changed in our office that week, but there were certainly many memorable afternoons spent putting our moving and handling training to full use, moving LOTS of old boxes, whiteboards, bits of furniture and mini fridges around the site that had arrived direct from Millside and Towngate, supporting the inpatient staff with practical issues to ensure things went as smoothly as possible. Sorting through the boxes was certainly quite a big job as we went through a wealth of old files, service information, CDs, books – even discovering a fetching top hat along the way. It also meant that we were also able to meet service users for the first time and support them in some unpacking which was very valuable, however. At times it may have felt quite overwhelming for all involved, but it was mostly quite exciting to get stuck in and see the move in action!

During the last few weeks since the move, the Recovery Centre team have continued with much of the same work as we had started before Christmas, becoming involved with the Croft and House at a gradual pace to allow the inpatient staff to find their feet in their new teams and develop relationships with service users first and foremost. We have started attending ward rounds, handovers and the service users’ Your Views meeting to introduce ourselves, and have felt welcomed. Some of the care coordinators within our team have even begun new assessments. As with the start of any brand new team – particularly what with the LYPFT and 3rd sector partnership working that we have taking place in our team – there have been practical issues to solve too, for example how will we use PARIS as a team and where will we record our notes? Which care coordinator will supervise which recovery worker? How can the third sector staff ensure they keep strong links with their parent organisations in this partnership? Where exactly do we keep our tea and coffee?

There may have been a few bumps in the road, but we are looking forward to the next few months now things look clearer and as we start to undertake more and more clinical work. We have also been joined by a new Leeds Mind recovery worker this week, James, and will also be joined by another recovery worker from Touchstone in the coming weeks, and this has given us a great opportunity to reflect on the journey of our team so far. Now that the all-important allocations meeting for care coordinators has taken place, it really feels like we can really get going soon.

Now to look to March and beyond…

by Jude Taylor, Recovery Worker

Follow us @leedsmhrecovery

Mental Health focus group for young people in Leeds

Young Minds and Youth Watch are holding an informal focus group for young people aged 13 -25 that have used mental health services in Leeds.

The meeting will take place on Monday 2 February 5-7pm in Leeds City Centre. Travel expenses will be given to all attendees, along with refreshments and a £10 high street voucher.

To find out more please contact Liz Neill elizabeth.neill@youngminds.org.uk 07817 771181 or Harriet Wright harriet@healthwatchleeds.co.uk 07741 294004.

Young people, parents/carers and professionals are also invited to give your views online via a short survey. Surveys close Thursday 29 January 2015.

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