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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.

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:

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Being accepted







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.



Assessing spiritual needs in mental health

I was delighted to meet with Rev Melodie Timball last week to talk about Spirituality and mental health. Melodie has a specific goal: that everyone accessing mental health services at Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust has an assessment of their spiritual needs.

keeping the faithNot sure about what Spirituality and mental health have to do with each other? You can read about it here (The Royal College of Psychiatrists) and here (Mental Health Foundation).

Royal College of Nursing have published a handbook, Spirituality in Nursing Care.  Guidelines for nursing staff are relevant to mental health nursing and are practical too, for example:

“Just as you would assess your patients’ physical needs, an initial assessment of their spiritual concerns is also important. You may find questions such as these helpful:

do you have a way of making sense of the things that happen to you?

• what sources of support/help do you look to when life is difficult?

• would you like to see someone who can help you?

• would you like to see someone who can help you talk or think through the impact of this illness/life event? (You don’t have to be religious to talk to them).”

With everything jostling for a place on the ‘must do’ list, what is the mandate for assessing spiritual needs? Nice have a quality statement: Quality Statement 6: End of life care for adults – People approaching the end of life are offered spiritual and religious support appropriate to their needs and preferences.

But what about everyone else? And when I say everyone, I mean everyone – staff included!

I’m not sure there has to be a stick for this. I think the carrot is tasty enough.




Mediaclip for staff training – participants wanted

Do you currently receive community services from LYPFT, or have in the last 12 months? Are you a carer of someone accessing LYPFT community services?

If so, and your care is arranged through Care Programme Approach, by sharing your story and experiences digitally you can help improve services through helping us understand what we do well, and where we can improve. Your experience would be used for staff training and for general mental health and carer awareness across the Trust and with the general public.video1-

Areas to understand include: assessment; care coordination; care planning; review; working with others including carers. Also your understanding of recovery and wellbeing.

Digital recording will be on the 17th and 20th of November, it will take no longer than two hours. If you would like to participate or would like more information then please contact Donna Kemp donna.kemp@nhs.net 07985259082

Thank you!inkwell nov


My Journey through Mental Health

In this post, Sabine writes about her journey with Mental Health……

By Sabine

My journey with Mental Health started in 2010 when my life went from being normal with a job and a happy home life, after 2 major events I no longer knew who I was, I had fear of leaving my house, being judged and being attacked again.

In 2011 I was referred to Touchstone and then onto the PD Network to do a programme called Journey, with the combination of the two I was able slowly to come out of my home and start to live my life better. Also in 2011 I was informed about a group called The SUN (Service User Network), and it was for service users using or used the services.

I was sure about going as I still had a fear that everybody knew what I had gone through and I would be judged again and worst still attacked for what had happened to me in 2010, a very nice gentleman called Tony, an Independent Involvement Worker from the PD Network, said he would come with me so that I wouldn’t be scared or alone, so I went and the rest is history.

I don’t know why I was scared as the first people I met were Beverley and Anne and they welcomed me with big smiles and made me feel so welcomed I went back month after month. Since I have been with the SUN I have got involved with a Hospital Inspection, reviews, events and helping with the refreshments and my confidence has grown that I now have a job working for Touchstone (Service User Consultant) and the Network (Involvement Worker) and it has also given me the confidence to try new things that even before my melt down would never have heard of or thought of doing.

So I would like to say a huge thank you for everyone who have helped and encouraged me to move forward in my life, given me that extra boost of confidence, encouragement and power to get my life back and to do the things I am doing today, because without Touchstone, Tony, Beverley, Anne and everyone else who have helped me to get to the position I am in today I don’t know what I would be doing or where I would be.


Thank you for listening

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

One page profiles in mental health

A recent conversation with Stuart Lane about personal health budgets got me to thinking about one page profiles and how they might support creative working in teams and in collaborative working with people accessing services. We had a discussion about what it might be like if staff had a one page profile that was available to service users; would this be a good thing? Would it enhance engagement? Would it encourage more critical thinking about choice of worker? Would it be ‘too much information’? Would it make any difference to how staff relate to each other? Lots of questions to ponder over. My instincts are that it would be a good thing but thats only my view……….

Helen Sanderson Associates do a lot of work on one page profiles and are currently offering a free webinar, click here for info on how to book on: Person Centred Practices in Mental Health, 29th January 2 -3pm

Main topics are:-

1. Using One Page Profiles, both with people with Mental Health needs and in the teams supporting them working in Clinical settings and in the Community.

2. How Person Centred Thinking Tools can be used to analyse and solve common problems in Mental Health services.

3. An introduction to improving reviews and CPA through Person Centred Practice.

So what do personal health budgets and one page profiles have to do with each other? Well, they both require some creative thinking; some letting go of existing ways of viewing and doing things; and both could contribute to a person’s wellbeing and recovery.

Already looking forward to seeing how personal health budgets in Mental Health will work…………….

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