JULIE FROM DORSET COMMUNITY ACTION (DCA) WILL BE COMING TO OUR GROUP ON 19TH MAY IN SHAFTESBURY TO TALK ABOUT THIS PROJECT. IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND BUT YOU ARE INTERESTED THEN PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH US BY EMAIL.
To revisit groups who support people with SMI, that DCA & CAN worked with as part of the Health Inequalities project to scope out training and peer support that groups could offer to the SMI physical health project. This will include working collaboratively with the existing SMI physical health outreach model and partners (Dorset Mental Health Forum and Help & Care) to support people accessing offers and improving their physical health and contacting a wider number of groups via the VCSE Mental Health Alliance.”
We would like to produce:-
- A list of current VCSE training, linked to practitioner and patient needs (as highlighted in the Health Inequalities report). The list will give details of training currently offered and bespoke training that could be designed in partnership with experts by experience.
- A list of current peer support options/groups that are available and how these could be linked into supporting people to “wait well”.
- A list of groups that could offer a buddy or advocacy option. To support people who might be reluctant to attend health checks, or follow-up non-attenders to offer additional support to attend their health check.
- Create case studies, specifically around how people with SMI feel about their health check experience, both positive and negative to inform service development and training of staff. The focus of the case study work will be to create either video or audio recordings (these can be read by the worker if participants are reluctant to do them) – this may be supplemented by quotes and written case studies.
- All of this work will be presented as an informal report to support the use of the data collected, alongside the video/audio case studies (completed by the End of June).”