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A carers view of the value of PSI interventions such as BFT by 00A3aH2A

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									The Different Ways in Which
     Carers Can Become
   Involved in Promoting
The Development of Services

                          Involvement
                     19/20 March 2007
 Peter Woodhams
        Carer
Carers in Partnership



                             Involvement
                        19/20 March 2007
   Early Stages of Involvement
 ‘Do  you think there is anything I can do
  to contribute’
 Contact with local active carer –
  development of new group
 Associate Manager at local hospital
 Talk at Meriden awards ceremony
 One thing led to another – new
  application of work ‘skills’
                                        Involvement
                                   19/20 March 2007
Becoming an Active Carer Locally

 Voluntary involvement
 Development of local active carers group
 Acute Care Forum
 Assertive Outreach Service Development
  Group
 Interview panels/speaking at local training
  courses

                                           Involvement
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      From Local to Regional
 West  Midlands Carers in Partnership
  (CiP) group – attended on voluntary basis
 Regional conferences and meetings
 Carer representative on Meriden Advisory
  Group
 Paid, part-time post with CiP became
  available/Rethink/’field worker’
                                      Involvement
                                 19/20 March 2007
       Regional Involvement

 What is Carers in Partnership?
 Agreed work programme both for groups and
  for me
 Development of Active Carers Groups
 Leading on Black & Ethnic Minority (BME)
  carer development work
 Good Practice for Carers event
 Royal College of Psychiatrists

                                       Involvement
                                  19/20 March 2007
       National Involvement
 No established mechanisms for national carer
  representations – ‘who you know’
 Psycho Social Intervention Group
 Royal College of Psychiatrists
     - Carer involvement in training initiative
     - Annual meeting
     - National Patients and Carers Committee

                                         Involvement
                                    19/20 March 2007
      Working with Meriden
 Promoter of family work
 Chair of Meriden Advisory Group
 Regular speaker on training courses
 Attended Training Trainers course
 Carer Education Project/Trainer
 Written chapter for book ‘A Casebook of
  Family Interventions for Psychosis’

                                       Involvement
                                  19/20 March 2007
    Summary of Involvement Outlets
             for Carers
 Local services
 Regional forums
 Involvement in the training of professionals
      - Local
      - University/professional
 Participating in consultations
 Speaking at conferences and mental health
  promotion events
 The written word
 Involvement with mental health charities
                                              Involvement
                                         19/20 March 2007
    Suggestions for Effective Carer
             Involvement
   Local active carers group
   Coordinated representation
   Serves as a reference group
   Training for members
   Support of carer worker
   Skills development training
   Importance of allies
   Avoid personal grievances
   Positive and constructive
                                       Involvement
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    Suggestions for Effective Carer
       Involvement (…cont’d)
 Convert anger
 Importance of carer attendance at meetings
 Patience
 Mentoring
 Payment/fee/expenses
 Open meeting to recruit new involved carers
 ‘Are you satisfied with local services?’
 Carers must speak for those who are unable to
  do so
                                          Involvement
                                     19/20 March 2007
      Is It Worth The Effort?
 The knowledge and confidence gained helps
  caring role
 Challenging but satisfying
 Influence changes and improvements
 Sharing knowledge
 Vehicle to take concerns forward
 Involvement can be respite for some

      PLEASE ENCOURAGE CARERS
         TO BECOME INVOLVED
                                        Involvement
                                   19/20 March 2007

								
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