Posted on behalf of Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care System:
Ambitious plans to transform the way adult community mental health care and support are provided in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are underway. This three-year transformation, taking place between 2021-2024 supports the priorities set out within the NHS Long Term Plan and is being bolstered with the help of multi-million-pound national funding.
The new funding will help to create a new proactive model of community-based mental health care, based within Primary Care Networks (geographical networks of GP practices), with mental health NHS trusts working in partnership with voluntary and community organisations, GPs, commissioners, and local authorities, alongside people with lived experience, their families and carers.
Find out more about the work of the programme in this video.

MPFT Partnerships

MPFT forms partnerships with voluntary and community organisations to support the transformation of adult community mental health care in South Staffordshire.
A number of exciting new partnerships with voluntary and community organisations have been established as part of the transformation of adult community mental health care in South Staffordshire.
Contracts have been awarded by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) to several successful organisations, each for a period of three years, to provide services to help enable adults with severe mental illness to access care and support in new ways.
This forms part of a wider Community Mental Health Transformation programme taking place across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent that not only involves health and care providers working more closely with each other, but also sees local voluntary and community sectors being given greater opportunities to be more directly involved in delivering this change.
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New Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS) groups that have just launched in Staffordshire

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS) was formed 31 years ago by Alice Middleton MBE, following the loss of her brother to suicide.  From the first meeting in Alice’s front room in her house in Hull, SoBS has become the only National Charity to offer Peer Support to Adults who have been bereaved or impacted by a suicide loss.  All of their services are free and open-ended. The organisation have over 60 groups stretching from Inverness to Truro.
Their 2 newest groups are both based in Staffordshire.  The Stafford group opened in May and can be contacted using their email address which is [email protected]g or their phone number which is 07946 527834. The Lichfield group opened on the 13th of June and can be contacted via their email address which is [email protected] or their phone number, 07946 527606.
People in Burton-upon-Trent can access the existing group just over the border in Swadlincote, [email protected] or 07399552142
These groups complement the SoBS national resources which are already available to the people of Staffordshire.  They have a helpline open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. They have an email support team contactable at [email protected] and a worldwide forum.  In addition, they have a number of virtual support services including the Punjabi-speaking Women’s Group, bereaveMENt which is the men’s only service and they have a national Zoom support group run by our Eastbourne team.

Health Literacy development
The World Health Organisation (2019) defines Health Literacy as “The personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health.”
Health literacy is about a person’s ability to understand and use information to make their own, informed decisions about their health.
This is affected by:
A person’s level of skill, knowledge and confidence; and
How health-related information is given to them.
As part of the Transformation Programme, work is underway to develop a Health Literacy Guide for services to help improve the communications – both operational and corporately – that are issued to stakeholders, aiding their understanding of the information.

Involvement Updates
MPFT are holding a Care Coordination Workshop to discuss opportunities for improvements around care co-ordination processes for clinicians, service users and carers which includes the review of the Care Programme Approach (CPA).
The workshop will be held on Friday 1st July 2022 from 3.00-4.30pm on Microsoft Teams.
If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Fiona Moore [email protected]

VCSE Spotlight

REACH is a group advocacy project to help people speak up and is part of Asist advocacy services. Asist has been providing advocacy in our local communities for more than 25 years. Advocacy is about speaking up for our rights, choices and inclusion.
Advocacy can support us to speak up with confidence for ourselves and for our communities. People in communities can advocate for each other to make sure everyone has an equal voice. Speaking up together gives communities a stronger voice.
REACH wants to work with people to:

People can be brought together by situations or events to share what we have and strengthen what we do.
Speak up about something and see if you can help us to get things done.
For more information or to get involved please contact [email protected]
Telephone: 01785 246709
Mobile: 07483 161136