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Hats off to the care coordinators!

Earlier this year, a chance on-line conversation led to Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust becoming involved in the EQUIP study: Enhancing the quality of user involved care planning in mental health services. This presents an opportunity for people who use the service and their carers, and for care coordinators to be  involved in a national research study – you can read more about our involvement with the EQUIP study here. Ultimately this is about increasing people’s involvement in planning their care, an idea that has been around for a lot of years but that remains a challenge to mental health services in delivering consistently.  The good people at EQUIP have published a paper that brings together the current evidence base and identifies barriers and enablers to bringing this level of involvement to practice. It reads well and is available on open access here.

The theme of involvement continues as being ‘involved’ in a national research project brings its own challenges. Theoretically, it is the right thing to do: contributing to the body of evidence; potentially improving people’s experience of mental health services; improving outcomes through collaborative working; challenging stigma and power; developing care coordinator skills…… the benefits go on. Then there is the reality of practice – research activity not always making it to the top of the list of ‘things to do’; perhaps being seen as extra to practice and not part of practice; competing with service user visits/contact. That said, care coordinators have responded positively to the clinical studies officers requests; despite being super busy with clinical work, they screened their caseload in super quick time (hats off  and a big thank you to them!). This bodes well for the next hurdle –  releasing a community team for 2 days of training. Looking forward to experiencing the training and seeing how this can influence practice – and ultimately how people can be actively involved in planning their care. This is where the big win lies in being involved in the EQUIP study.

Oh – and do have chance conversations with people, you never know where it will lead……..

Are you involved in planning your care? Does it make a difference?

Care coordinators – what are the main issues with involving people in planning their care?

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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

Research in mental health nursing

Fabulous opportunity to get involved in a tweetchat about research in mental health! If you ever wondered about Twitter and what value it offers to people, then follow #WeMHNs on Monday 27th Oct at 8pm

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At 8pm on Monday October 27th I’ll be hosting a #WeMHNs tweet chat on Research in mental health nursing:

Here’s the pre-chat post from the @WeMHNurses blog, which as you’ll see links this chat to a second scheduled for December which will be hosted by André Tomlin (who runs the excellent Mental Elf website):

Research in mental health nursing
Research is about creating new knowledge. In practitioner fields like nursing, research findings can aid decisions on the provision of care or treatments, and on ways of organising services. Research uncovering the views and experiences of people using, or working in, services can be used to inform improvements.

This is the first of two linked chat s about research, and is about involvement and engagement . The…

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