The Spirit In Mind project has been established to promote collaboration between the NHS and different faith communities and is being developed in line with the NHS plan to achieve an integrated system of health promotion and preventative care which is necessary to meet the future health needs of the population. The project seeks to build on the experience of faith organisations in responding to social and health care needs i.e. their deep understanding of local health needs and priorities as well as their strong local presence and direct channel in to deprived and hard to reach neighbourhoods.
The project is now looking to recruit Volunteer Lay Chaplains (Mental Health) as an exciting opportunity for involvement in NHS pastoral ministry.
There will be a 12 week course commencing Monday 2 September 2019.
They are seeking people with a strong faith background and enthusiasm, openness, sensitivity and commitment to join a lively and highly motivated team of chaplains, trainers, counsellors and volunteer support.
There will be:
- Comprehensive training
- Ongoing support and professional development opportunities
- Experience of working within a vibrant and caring NHS healthcare team
- Participation in innovative faith and healthcare projects
- Involvement in a very rewarding sphere of pastoral ministry
Following an initial informal discussion with members of the chaplaincy team, suitable applicants will be invited to complete the Trust’s volunteer recruitment process. This includes a reference from their local minister or faith leader as well as clearance checks for safeguarding purposes.
If you are interested or would like further information, please contact the Pastoral and Spiritual Care Department on 01924 316282 to speak to Revd Stephen Oakley or Revd Mike Gartland
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training will be at Fieldhead Hospital, Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield WF1 3SP and will follow the timetable below;
||2 September 2019
||9am – 4pm
||Welcome to the course
Mental health awareness
||9 September 2019
||9am – 4pm
||Volunteer mandatory training
||16 September 2019
||9.30am – 12.15pm
||23 September 2019
||9am – 12.15pm
||30 September 2019
||9am – 12.15pm
||Verbatim and role play
||7 October 2019
||9am – 12.15pm
||Communication in difficult circumstances
||14 October 2019
||9am – 12.15pm
||Developing an understanding of Islam
|Half term break
||28 October 2019
||9am – 12.15pm
||Speakers from wards, staff and service users
||4 November 2019
||9am – 12.15pm
||Grief and bereavement
||11 November 2019
||9am – 12.15pm
||Understanding the bigger picture
||w/c 18 November 2019
Dates/times to be arranged
||25 November 2019
||9am – 12.15pm
||Final day, allocation, feedback and thoughts
The way that the NHS provides older adult’s mental health is changing.
They are improving services to make sure they continue to meet people’s needs and offer the best care and outcomes for service users. The NHS has listened to what service users, carers, partners and staff have said so far and would like to talk to you about ideas for improvement.
As part of our ongoing engagement they are keen to meet with people from different groups. On Thursday 14 February, 2:00pm–3:30pm at Laura Mitchell Health and Wellbeing Centre, Great Albion Street, Halifax HX1 1YR they are holding a workshop and are especially keen to engage with older adults from the LGBTQ community or with family members / carers of someone with mental health issues.
If you would like to discuss anything, please book a place by calling 07867 787409 or email email@example.com.
Refreshments will be provided and travel expenses can be claimed back.
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is holding a number of events where you are invited to hear about their proposals and discuss your thoughts on how a carers strategy and carers charter could be developed.
The Halifax the event is on Thursday 21 June, 1.00pm-3.30pm at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER
If you would like to attend this or one of the other events, please book a place by calling 07867 787409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know which event you want to attend.
Other dates are:
- Tuesday 19 June, 1.00pm – 3.30pm, St.Swithuns Centre, Arncliffe Road, Wakefield, WF1 4RR
- Tuesday 26 June, 1.00pm – 3.30pm, Al-Hikmah Centre, Track Road, Batley, WF17 7AA
- Thursday 12 July, 1.00pm – 3.30pm, The Core, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been highlighted as an example of how to improve mental health services in a new publication by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It makes sure that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourages care services to improve.
The Trust is one of seven mental health providers featuring in the CQC’s ‘Driving improvement’ report which has been published on Thursday, 14 March 2018. It follows a programme of rapid improvement at the Trust between March 2016 when the CQC rated it as ‘requires improvement’ to April 2017 when the Trust was re-rated as ‘good’. The CQC chose to visit the Trust to learn lessons which could be shared with other organisations requiring improvement to become good or outstanding.
This comes as the Trust’s chief executive has been named as one of the Health Service Journal (HSJ)’s top ten chief executives. Rob Webster, who joined the Trust in May 2016, was placed at number 6 in the HSJ’s ranking of all 249 provider Trust chief executives. He received praise for his “unbending commitment to system working and the personal example he sets in his leadership style.” It has been under Rob’s leadership that the Trust was re-rated by the CQC.
In producing the case study, the CQC interviewed a wide range of people, including the chief executive, medical director, nursing directors, other clinical and managerial staff as well as front line staff. They also spoke to others who knew or worked with the Trust, such as service users and partners. The case study documents how improvements at the Trust have come about through a change in management culture, partnership work, staff engagement and empowerment, governance and working closely with the CQC itself.
Tim Breedon, director of nursing and quality, said: “We’re delighted that the CQC chose us to feature as a case study. The rapid improvements at the Trust are a testament to the hard work and determination of our staff. I hope that the insights we have been able to share will help other organisations on their improvement journeys.”
SWYP NHS Trust run a number of services in our area including Creative Minds and others.
The Ey Up! charity provides community, mental health and learning disability services in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. Our Charitable Funds exist to support service users by providing additional resources and activities above and beyond NHS funding.
The service is described in the following way;
“Now then. EyUp! is a charity that gives health and happiness t’ Yorkshire folk. We support the work of our Trust and mek a reet difference to community, mental health, wellbeing and learning disability services.
EyUp! helps our reet good staff to give even more, adding a bit o’ summat extra to services. It’s the sort of stuff our NHS can’t always afford – the bobby dazzler ideas that make a proper difference.
We don’t fund NHS services or owt. Instead we go above and beyond, the extra mile, with extra happiness. We can help wi’ things for ward areas – like games or equipment. We can help visitors to our services, with stuff like play areas and dead comfy chairs and that. We can help gi’ people a lift, boost recovery and mek memories – from activity groups to service user trips or funding for community groups.
We’re well proud of our linked charities who are Creative Minds, Spirit in Mind and the Mental Health Museum. Together we’re pulling out all the stops.
See, there’s nowt we like more than working hand in hand with our local communities. We’ve got big ambitions and the drive to match.
EyUp! captures our Yorkshire spirit for givin’ so that everyone can reach their potential and live well.
“Veterans helping veterans”- providing comradeship and support in a safe environment.
That’s the motto of the new Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network which meets weekly in the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is part of this initiative to create a weekly support group for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Three people from the Trust set the group up when they noticed a gap in the support provided in Calderdale and the North for armed forces personnel and veterans.
The network will provide a place where serving army personnel and veterans of all ages, including their families, can meet in a non-clinical setting. Information, signposting, support and advice on a wide range of mental health and social issues unique to armed forces personnel will be offered at a one-stop-shop, alongside opportunities to socialise. The network is run by healthcare professionals who have served in the forces, who understand military mentality and who share many of their experiences.
The network is being funded by two Trust programmes designed to back initiatives which traditionally might not receive NHS funding: Creative Mind and the Trust Charitable Funds, both of which provide resources for services not normally paid for by the NHS.
Rob Webster, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:
“This new network will provide welcome support to our armed forces personnel and veterans.”
“We are bringing organisations together to make sure that our armed forces personnel are supported in dealing with any problems or issues they may face, and helping them to meet like-minded people who can share experiences and support.”
“This network is led by veterans so they understand what it is like to leave the forces and adjust back to civilian life. I am pleased that we are able to give something back and help our armed forces veterans in this way.”
The network meets every Wednesday at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax between 1pm and 3pm – Refreshments are provided and the whole family is invited.
Those interested in the group can call 07464 496490 for more information.
The Calderdale and Kirklees police liaison scheme has been nominated for an HSJ Award 2016, recognising the scheme for its innovation in mental health and the way that it has improved experiences of service users in crisis.
The HSJ Awards celebrate the finest achievements in the NHS and are seen as the most sought after accolade in British healthcare, being the biggest awards scheme of its kind in the world.
The police liaison scheme is run in Kirklees and Calderdale and involves mental health nurses working alongside officers at Halifax and Huddersfield police stations to recognise the signs of mental illness.
This ensures fewer people with mental health conditions are placed on Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, held in a cell or admitted to A&E when there are more appropriate ways of providing health care for them. The scheme also enables practitioners to visit victims and witnesses at home and support police officers at the scene of an incident.
The police liaison scheme is supported by the clinical commissioning groups in Calderdale and Kirklees and has had its funding extended, demonstrating how much of an impact the scheme has had in improving mental health services.
Read more about the scheme at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk