Health Education North West

Professional Mental Health Network

In 2009 a professional mental health network was set up for the Blackburn with Darwen area, which is very unique in that it is exclusively for mental health professionals from across all sectors, and has a specialism around BME. It allows different organisations to share information, combine resources and undertake joint projects to improve signposting to mental health and mainstream services and has approximately 280 members who can drop in an out as necessary. 

Mindfulness and Work Preparedness Pilot

A nine-month Mindfulness pilot study was carried out by the Department of Health, in partnership with NHS North West, to help participants from Recovery (former drug/alcohol users), BME asylum seeker and carer communities, to become work prepared, through the use of Mindfulness training. Support was provided by co-attending key NHS/third sector workers. Mindfulness was shown to have a positive effect on the mental health and wellbeing of staff and clients alike and helped 50% of participants back into work. 

Report on Domiciliary Care - "Who’s looking after Uncle Albert?"

The Lancashire LINk carried out research with service users and their carers within Lancashire on their experiences and perceptions of domiciliary care services, in collaboration with Lancashire County Council, who monitor the contracts for domiciliary care agencies. The project ran over a six-month timescale, from February 2010 to September 2010 and this case study summarises the resulting report.

IPS Supports Stockport Residents with Severe and Enduring Mental Illness into Paid Employment

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a successful pilot scheme in Stockport run by Pure Employment funded by the Department of Health and NHS North West to address the employment need of people with severe and enduring mental health, recognised as a major contributor to mental wellbeing. 

Training and Education for Domiciliary Care Staff in End of Life Care

Wirral Metropolitan College Health and Social Care team have produced a 2 day course “Introduction to the principles of End of Life Care” with support, help, advice from the Wirral End of Life Care facilitators and Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Network. To date 8 programmes have been delivered by college tutors to a total of 130 staff with very positive feedback from both the attendees and their managers. In almost all cases people attending the course feel they have increased confidence, skills and knowledge and most feel they will benefit from the training and apply it in practice. 

Greater Merseyside Condition Management Programme

Greater Merseyside’s Condition Management Programme (CMP) was in operation for five years until March 2011 as part of the national Pathways to Work Choices Programme and in partnership with Jobcentre Plus. It was highly successful at attaining its core aims, which were to help people gain the skills to necessary to better manage their own health conditions and to ultimately return to work.

Doing Things Better Together

NHS Trafford, Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust and Trafford Council set out in 2010 to adopt a joined up approach to the wellbeing of their staff. Although early days this project has already been successful in delivering so much more for staff by working together than would ever have been achieved by a single organisation.

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