Involving young people in commissioning services is one of the trickiest things to do well. Doing it well in mental health services is probably even harder given that commissioning processes can be rooted in medically based methods of assessing quality with a heavy emphasis on pricing.
However, the impact of involving young people in the…[Read more]
Marianne Cataine from SLAM CAMHS has just shared these two great newsletters produced by young people from SLAM inpatient and community services.
Voices (children) – http://www.myapt.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/VOICES-FROM-CHILDREN.pdf
YPP – (young people) -…[Read more]
Every now and then I hear about a piece of involvement work that inspires me. That’s what happened when I heard the story of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust CAMHS Treehouse Project based in Bury adjacent to the Hope and Horizon Unit.!–more–
Within the grounds of their two adolescent inpatient wards they built a 40m off-ground safe,…[Read more]
Imagine you’ve been asked to help trainee clinical psychologists learn about young people’s experiences of using therapies.
You could just do the usual thing and recruit young people to deliver them some training sessions.
But what if you could do something that influences staff training in a more organic way and at the same time gives…[Read more]
There’s 3 articles here that you are welcome to quote from:
There are many more good examples out…[Read more]
Bill talks about how good it is too have a lot of enthusiasm for involving users in your CAMH service. But what about if you get demotivated or frustrated, or don’t feel like how you are involving users is making a difference?
Bill’s advice involves recognising, and focusing first, on the day to day realities of how young people feel…[Read more]
We recently sent every CYP IAPT CAMHS partnership a Self Assessment Questionnaire for them to rate how they are doing across the 9 participation priorities.
25 of you…[Read more]
Government Consultation on police powers to temporarily remove people who appear to be suffering from a mental disorder and who need urgent care to a ‘place of safety’, so that a mental health assessment can be carried out and appropriate arrangements made for their…[Read more]
We take a speculative look at how CAMHS might have changed in 10 years’ time.!–more–
1. Digital Feedback Will Be The Norm
At the end of a session or course of treatment users will give feedback via digital devices that collate, compare and report their…[Read more]
What a challenge!
We know that setting up Young People’s Boards, managing their practicalities and creating a meaningful relationship with the Main Board is not easy.
Credit to the Collaborative…[Read more]
Thanks Rachel. I love the fact that you were involved before your group started, and that you chose your participation worker!
Great to here your views on getting started and having a volunteer type person to help. I also think that as young people’s lives change with education and jobs etc it does become a big challenge to keep a group’s…[Read more]
Andrew – message from Keith Coulston
“Re travel – Looking back at minutes of last SW Collab Participation Workers meetings there is not much there – it was agreed that provision of some petty cash for Participation Workers would help save a lot of admin time& inconvenience as more often than not workers have to use their own money and then claim…[Read more]
I’ve just written an article that gives advice on how to go about recruiting young people to groups and events. Its at http://www.myapt.org.uk/year-3-2/recruit-young-people/
This article aims to answer that question. In some depth. It also includes a downloadable sample recruitment letter towards the end.
But first, what do we mean by recruiting?
Lets take a broad definition. It could be that you’re…[Read more]
Joe Roberson wrote a new post, How to Strengthen Your Service’s Participation Ethos 3 months ago
How do I keep participation on the agenda?
How do I strengthen the participation ethos across my service?
Most of my mistakes were made when I used to run and manage user involvement groups in the voluntary sector. At the time it was hard to acknowledge them or feel 100% sure that we had put things right. However, […]
Challenging for services who are asked to change the way they work.
Challenging for participation workers who are charged with facilitating part of this process.
Challenging for young people who have lots to contribute to a system that is likely to be limited in…[Read more]
Hi Andrew, its a good question. I’d be wary of making assumptions until you have researched transport available and young people’s abilities.
You may want to ask yourself questions like: How much do you know about bus service quality and times? What time will your group happen and will buses still be available afterwards?
If parents drive young…[Read more]
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