We are working with the Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria and the Strategic Clinical Networks to spread learning and best practice amongst crisis concordat areas from a project initially delivered in partnership with Tees Crisis Care Concordat.
We have been working with a MH Trust in Northern England to carry out a review of serious incidents relating to patients on leave from in-patient care. The thematic review has looked at information against key criteria, agreed with senior clinicians from the Trust. The process has allowed an objective independent review of the incidents, providing the Trust with a report of findings and recommendations to take forward.
Working with Newcastle Gateshead Vanguard Care Home Programme, we are delivering a new self-care participation and engagement programme. We are currently training volunteers who will engage with their local community groups across Gateshead to promote self-care and engagement with the Vanguard Programme.
We are delighted to be working with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust to carry out a review of service user involvement in adult mental health services across the Tees Valley and Durham localities. Working in partnership with North East together and using a mix of desk-top and field research, we will map out what methods of engagement and involvement of mental health service users currently exist to inform options for future development.
NEMHDU has begun a 6 month project supporting the Tees region with the implementation of their crisis care concordat action plan. The crisis care concordat is a national initiative which, in essence, mandates a commitment from regional services involved in supporting people in a mental health crisis to work together to improve access to crisis services, integrate service delivery, improve the experience of care and to develop preventative services to reduce the buden on crisis services.
We have just completed delivery of our first bespoke mental health awareness training programme, for a group of support and recovery workers and pathway workers from Durham County Council. The two-day programme, which evaluated very positively, gave participants: a better understanding of the mental health system and its challenges an opportunity to explore the key concepts around mental health a better understanding of depression, anxiety, psychosis, suicide and self harm.
Since last April we have been working with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust to review out of area placements, initially for 2 CCG areas, and latterly it is expected to extend to cover all of the CCG areas across the whole of the Trust. To date this work has seen 10 out of 13 service users successfully moved from out of area placements costing from £2,500 - £5,500 per week, to receive care closer to home. The project will be formally reviewed at the end of September but it is likely to continue and be extended as other CCGs come on line with the project.
We have recently completed an external evaluation of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind Carers Support Service. Details of the overwhelmingly positive evaluation can be found in the full evaluation report and an overview in the executive summary.