Aims and objectives: “Advancing the Theory and Practice of Mutual Aid”

The principal objects of the company are:

Provide training, expertise and on-going supervision to equip people with evidence based helping skills to improve caring relationships and access at a time, pace and volume more convenient for all involved.

Current work and past accomplishments:

 

2016-2017

In line with the principal objcts of the company, we equipped a wide range of people with evidence based helping skills to improve caring relationships. Specifically

 

  • University of Nottingham welfare staff, students and support volunteers through provision of resilience training and education about peer support
  • National and international experts on recovery by advising on the set up of an international recovery training network for service user researchers.
  • Scottish Recovery Network and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) Practitioners in Glasgow and Aberdeen by coproducing and delivering training in a recovery coaching toolkit
  • Primary Care Mental Health Peer Navigators in Camden & Islington NHS Trust by co-design and –delivery of specific initiative training – independently evaluated by The McPin Foundation
  • Mental Health professionals from across the East Midlands through updated coproduced University of Nottingham modules on: Introduction to Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Approaches
  • Promoting digital mental health research and presenting and responding from the patient perspective: on local radio, at regional mental health commissioning networks and Research Engaging Patients and Public Showcase event, national suicide prevention conference, Mood Disorders Centre of Excellence Launch, subsequent conference, and NIHR MindTech annual symposium.
  • We took an active role in the promotion and shaping of a national Priority Setting Partnership for digital mental health and highlighted the need for greater support for service user and carer researchers in the new Framework for Mental Health Research.

The community benefited by having people exposed to the patient perspective and more empathic and patient-centred ways of working with those in distress, thereby increasing access, improving treatment outcomes and reducing stigma.

 

2015-2016

Over 300 people trained through design and delivery of a range of events :

 

  • Continuing Professional Development day on Recovery Coaching for an entire IAPT service (Talking Mental Health Northumberland)
  • Psycho-Social Interventions taining  to Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS FoundationTrust (NottsHC) Staff
  • Co-production Mastercalss for community development staff at Nottinghamshire County Council
  • 15 ‘Self Care’ workshops for public and third sector providers of primary care health services in Nottingham
  • Peer Navigator training to the staff and inmates of a Category C Prison
  • PROSOCIAL facilitation of team development day for NottsHC  Peaks Unit Team
  • Brief Interventions training to NottsHC Offender Health Division
  • Supervision to recovery workers for a large third sector residential mental health consortium which brought them up to speed on applications of new therapeutic approaches;
  • Co-produced University of Nottingham accredited modules (Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy) for healthcare professionals from across the East Midlands on behalf of the Institute of Mental Health.
  • Supported the Blue Sky Derby Community Learning Mental Health Pilot delivering recovery coaching workshops to peer volunteers, Derby City Council Staff and members of the public
  • Presented from the patient perspective at Association for Contextual Behavioural Science world conference

 

2014-2015

  • Presented from the patient perspective at regional and national BABCP conferences and Association for Contextual Behavioural Science global conference;
  • Facilitated workshops for providers of primary care talking therapy (IAPT) services on the implementation of peer support and recovery coaching;
  • Delivered Mindful Effective Employee staff wellbeing training to the CAMHS division of a large NHS Trust, and Peer Navigator training to the staff and inmates of a Category C Prison;
  • Provided supervision to recovery workers for a large third sector residential mental health organisation which brought them up to speed on applications of new therapeutic approaches;
  • Designed and delivered Compassion Resilience and Self Help (CRaSH) Courses to over 100 frontline third sector workers and volunteers as part of a Crisis Care Concordat initiative;
  • Coproduced a University of Nottingham accredited Introduction to Mindfulness Based Approaches module for healthcare professionals on behalf of the Institute of Mental Health

Thanks to @RawsthorneMat for a great Peer and Recovery Coaching w/kshop. Great info, discussions and feedback from Aberdeen and Glasgow

Lesley Smith