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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:

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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.




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.


Faith & Spirituality Guide

Recent revisions to the Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (LYPFT) Faith and Spirituality Guide in consultation with our staff, faith volunteers and partner organisations aims to develop an inclusive tool which  considers the spiritual needs of all individuals as well as those that follow a specific belief or world faith.

spirituality and faith guide

The guide’s prologue provides a reflective observation into developing spiritual practice through recognising one’s own spiritual values and skills. This is further explored through understanding and addressing spiritual needs for people accessing Trust services, carers and staff.

In addition to the section on World Faiths which offers guidance and best practice on a number of world faiths, the chapter on Cultural & Community Awareness provides specific notes to Trust services on working effectively with Asylum Seekers and Refugees, The Deaf Community and Gypsy and Travelling Communities.  Continent and Country Profiles provide a summary context of both indigenous and migrant communities and areas for consideration by services.

The section Cultural Norms and Traditions provides a brief awareness of a number of considerations that should be given to e.g. naming systems, dietary needs, dress, festivals etc.

Essentially, the Guide serves to provide an awareness tool on the spiritual and cultural dimensions and needs of others, additionally providing staff with the skills and assessment criteria to base well-informed and appropriate spiritual support and care.

The full Guide can be found here; do let us know what you think and how this is helpful to your understanding or clinical practice.

Ruby Sagoo | Diversity & Inclusion Project Manager | LYPFT

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