Launch of the Mental Health Alliance South West
The launch of the Mental Health Alliance South West is timely as Mental Health is top of agendas at present….
3/4 priorities for SW NHS to look at:
- Need a clear firm message to put to NHS England.
- How do we want MHA to grow+ operate?
- Engage all mental health people not present.
- Access to MH treatment/ services
At present hard to get a MH issues diagnosed. Need to have it on parity with physical health issues.
Everyone has the potential to develop a mental illness.
It is still a stigma.
The Alliance is everybody
- It is an attempt to reach people on the ground to become a “joint voice.”
- The aim is to have the voice “listened to.”
- Provide common themes- facilitate a way- form an information structure.
The main functions are to:
- Provide communication
- Share up-to-date information across SW
- Provide a regional forum for consultation +discussion
- Give people an opportunity to share views
- Take forward universal concerns
How do you join the Alliance?
Sign up here on our website. Free of charge in South West. A newsletter is to go on website.
Who runs the Alliance?
A steering group set-up. Meet bimonthly. Share info monthly for all in SW. Need to increase staffing
What does the steering group do?
- Operates set up to run smoothly
- Listen + discuss what voices on the ground bring
- Feed out information and views into strategic clinical settings
- Feed back to people
- Seeks a “unified voice” to take forward
- To make a difference; work together.
How will the Alliance make a difference?
- By having consistent structures that work
- By linking into other health networks/ show NHS relationships
- For “us” to use in/for the SW
- Health and wellbeing
Andy Bradley, Frameworks 4 Change
Questions asked of us-
—“Create a sense of connected, compassionate, community”
A paradigm for how we see the world
“Compliance or compassion?”
This alliance needs the heart involved. “A fear to love?” “Care?” “Community?”
Need a shift from providing services to communities-
“What services contribute to my good life?” Scarcity to Abundance
What does Good look like?
Why are networks so important? We live in this era of finance /law etc
Collectively we make a difference.
GP’s see people every day; Everybody needs to deal with MH. Everybody has a MH aspect to their lives
We can get things done, we can make a difference, we are being listened to!
We need evidence: urban myths abound
- Need some strong evidence to make changes
- Strong basis in personalised care
Caroline Dollery, Essex
- Good progress : Dame Carol Black- leading to IAPT + beyond
- Personal health+ Social care budgets (Cumbria/London/ Northampton)
- Pioneer programmes integrated commissioning
Areas of development:
- National initiatives going on
- Commissioning Issues going on
- Public in middle/at centre of this
- – Urgent MH care review ( at present)
- – MH outcomes framework
- – Leadership development
- – Recognition of parity of esteem
- – Political support
- – LT conditions and frailty models
- Some will be mandated, some developed, some worked on.
- NOW: MN issues being listened to at senior level . It is an unprecedented time.
- – MH intelligence network – on dashboard
- – Outcomes framework released
- – Pioneer programmes, integrated approaches
- – Development of personalised systems of care.
System enables – the lighthouse!
Strategic networks/AHSCN’s / CCG’s/ social care+ providers
- Sharing good practice: eg depression /suicide prevention- (Detroit workshop initiative Ed Kofe)
- CAMHS: defining what children/young people really need.
- Removing barriers /removing waiting times/including them in designing services + developing resilience
Commissioning: new approaches
- – Years of care tariff
- – Pioneer programme
- – Developing relationships /voice of patients/families /carers
- – Importance of self care, self management
- – Importance of role of Health + Wellbeing boards
- NETWORKS—– REAL GAP—REAL NEED
Lara Camona, Rethink
Alliance needs the “power of our voices,”
to stand together, speak out for the isolated and vulnerable, and to speak out for change.
ACTION: DO NOTHING, NO RESULTS!
Q: What does the Alliance have at their disposal for it to move forward?
- – Authenticity, clear goals, working with others.
- – Various ways : letter writing, consultation, influence national policy ( all SW region)
- – H+ Social Care Act/ Equality Bill/ MH discrimination
- – Creative campaigning /MP’s fit for work task.
- – Petitions
- – MH’s high profile at moment…….. Positive change ( Asda man)
- – “ Move to Action” NHS England website “What Good looks like” SW people can add stories etc
- – Properly joined up services to meet/suit our needs.
- – Work in partnership to move forwards.
- – BE ACTIVIST not REACTIONIST
Least Intervention First Time (LIFT)
- !993 first wave LAPT site /opt in service stepped up care which isn’t triaged. LTC’s pathfinder site.
- Seeing more + more people with LTC’s: ongoing LTC training + supervision to staff
- Developing + tailoring psychological support to people with LTC’s (courses + 1:1)
- Work holistically
- Building /strengthening links with wider physical health colleagues.
- Offer course opportunities to meet others in similar situations/ people less alone + feel normal
- Colleagues appreciate having resources to signpost+ join up pathways.
Time to Change Campaign
- All talked about inspiring, yet worrying MH issues+ recovery they have had themselves.
- Programme run by MIND /Gov health £16 M/Comic Relief £4M:
- Phase 2 is Oct ‘11-March ’15.
- 3 levels National /Community/Individual action + empowerment.
- DATE: THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2014 “TIME TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH “ Day
- Jan/Feb ’14 major national emphasis on “Time to Talk”
…….being isolated/ unsupported/not informed/ left to deal with very challenging MH behaviours/ saving the NHS lots of money.
NEW HOPE in Bath: giving people a voice + reducing stigma. KEEP SAFE< KEEP SANE I yr old carer’s group.
So…….ATTITUDES: working together is important
- – Shared aims, no them or us
- – Working together from the beginning
- – Parity of esteem
- – Time + perseverance
- – Recognition of strengths + different types of expertise
- – Respect + support of one another
Afternoon session in groups: Community Space
Each Question followed in italics by 2 key findings from group work (from many)
Q 1. How can we strengthen the Alliance’s Voice?
- Alliance needs a clear vision
- Need to be clear about how people in SW can get involved.
Q2. Improving people’s experience; what would make a difference?
- People’s experiences are different in MH- move away from negative diagnosis to strengths and assets
- Allaince needs to be proactive with any MH issue and post a response on website on any issue in Media.
Q 3. What should be the Alliance’s priorities for 2014?
- Services need to be shaped to the users.
- Emphasis needs to be on prevention, use to bypass stigma.
Q 4. What can the Alliance do for you/What can you give the alliance?
- Sharing goods practice in SW
- Making systems easier to understand ‘community approach’ more accessible and easier to understand jargon
So if we post things on website + share things- this will steer points for future of Alliance.
Andy Bradley finished day with Self help skills: How can you care for yourself more deeply and unconditionally, before Alliance co-chairs rounded day off with thanks.