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News and Updates Delivering Excellence in Recovery Oriented Services in Mental Health

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How to set up, run and develop recovery-oriented services for Serious Mental Illness
Alun Thomas,
Chief Executive, Hafal
Alun is Chief Executive of Hafal, Wales' leading charity for people with serious mental illness and their carers. Hafal is a membership-led organisation which supports over 1,300 people across Wales every day.
Alun is a Registered Nurse and has worked in the NHS, developed a neurological rehabilitation service in the private healthcare sector, and led Hafal's development of a user-led in-patient facility run by the charity.
Alun recently achieved a first class LLB (Hons) degree with the Open University and is currently undertaking a PhD in law at Swansea University exploring how Welsh specific legislation might provide additional rights to patients. Alun previously gave evidence to both the both Welsh Affairs Select Committee in Westminster and the Welsh Government on the development of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure.
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Creating a Recovery Strategy for Mental Health Services
Catherine Brogan,
National Development & Training Manager, Mental Health Ireland and Michael Ryan, National Service Improvement Lead, HSE
Pre-event abstract:
Recovery has become the dominant theme of mental health services in the 21st century (WHO).  Service user informed services through interventions such as ‘Recovery Colleges’, Peer support working’ and recovery competencies training for professional are emerging right across the globe. In Ireland it is no different and there has been significant progress in developing the recovery orientation of services since our national policy ‘ A Vision for Change in 2006 with multiple initiatives at both a national and local level including ‘ Office of Mental Health Engagement’, Advancing Recovery in Ireland’ ‘ Peer support working and Recovery education programmes.  However despite this progress there remained variances in the understanding of, commitment to and application of recovery across the country. To address this challenge the ‘National Mental Health leadership team commissioned the development of a ‘National Framework for Recovery in mental health to establish the core concepts and approaches that underpin a recovery orientated service.  The three year framework was launched in November 2017 and its implementation will form part of the monitoring and performances of services.
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Risk Management and User Involvement in Partnership; embracing risk in a survivor led crisis service
Fiona Venner,
Chief Executive, Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service
Pre-event abstract:
Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service was established in 1999 by a group of campaigning service users, who wanted there to be an alternative to hospital admission for people in acute mental health crisis. The service is still governed and managed by people with our own direct experience of mental health problems.
We provide out of hours services: the Connect Helpline which is open every night of the year; Dial House, a place of sanctuary and support which is open 6pm – 2am Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Sunday; Dial House @ Touchstone, a crisis service open Tuesday and Thursday 6pm-12am for people from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups. We also provide group work and deliver the Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service with Leeds Mind and the Wellbean Crisis Café with Touchstone.
Much of the work we undertake is with people at high risk of suicide and/or self harm. Many of the visitors to Dial House are survivors of abuse or trauma, and we also support people with forensic histories and people who misuse substances.
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28 September 2018


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