2 What does recovery mean “RECOVERY IS ABOUT BUILDING A MEANINGFUL AND SATISFYING LIFE, AS DEFINED BY THE PERSON THEMSELVES, WHETHER OR NOT THERE ARE ONGOING OR RECURRING SYMPTOMS OR PROBLEMS”SHEPHERD, BOARDMAN AND SLADE 2008
3 Drivers for change.More people who develop mental health problems will have a good quality of life – greater ability to manage their own lives, stronger social relationships, a greater sense of purpose, the skills they need for living and working, improved chances in education, better employment rates and a suitable and stable place to live’.No Health without Mental Health DoH. 2011
5 Recovery colleges A therapeutic approach … An educational approach … Focuses on problems deficits and dysfunctionsFocus on ‘fixing people’‘Expert’ professionals know best and prescribe what is good for ‘patients’Problems are defined, and the type of therapy is chosen, by the professional ‘expert’Maintains the power imbalance and reinforces the belief that all expertise lies with professionalsAn educational approach …Focus on growth and development – moving forward, discovering your talents, developing your skills, pursuing your ambitionsFocus on helping people to become experts in looking after themselvesRecognises expertise of lived experience and professional expertise in co-produced coursesTraining replaces therapyPatients become studentsSelecting courses from a prospectus replaces prescribing and referringStaff become coaches who help people to find their own solutions.
6 NSFT Recovery collegeAll Courses Co produced, Co delivered and Co received.First courses commencing october 20137 courses ranging from ½ day – six, ½ days.Building capacity to grow in second term and beyond.Hub and spoke model.
7 Peer Support Workers“Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support is not based on psychiatric models and diagnostic criteria. It is about understanding another’s situation empathically through the shared experience of emotional and psychological pain. When people find affiliation with others whom they feel are “like” them, they feel a connection. This connection, or affiliation, is a deep, holistic understanding based on mutual experience where people are able to “be” with each other without the constraints of traditional (expert/patient) relationships”. Sheryl Mead – Defining Peer Support (2003) Independent Peer Support Consultant & Trainer (USA)
8 Peer Support Workers Benefits for Peer Workers As beneficial for the Peer Support Worker as those whom they help – shift from ‘patient’ to ‘employee’ and able to use their skills to assist others ... Including the general benefits of being employed - financial, social, status, structure, decrease in relapse.Increased self-esteem, confidence, empowerment.Progress in personal recovery - skills learnt on the job aid their own recoveryBenefits for ServicesImproved communication – help staff and patients to understand each other betterReduction in staff workload - complement work of other members of the teamChanges in attitudes – too often staff only see people when they are at their most distressed Peer Support Workers offer images of possibility for staff as well as people using servicesPromotes recovery-focused practice – changes in the way the team think and talk about people with mental health problemsBreaks down barriers between us and them
9 Peer Support Workers for NSFT November commence co production of training plan.November onwards Staff and team training commences.January –february recruitment process for students.March commence course.June first Peer Support worker posts advertised.