January 2009 | issue 4 Food for Thought with Gillian McKeith Members’ magazine In this issue... Cracking the Credit Crunch What is OCD? Pitch Your Project... with James Caan In this issue All in a Day’s Work page 4 page 5 Welcome from the Chief Executive As 2008 draws to a close, and the start of the New Year begins, Greater Manchester West enters a new era. We have been in the process of appointing a new Chair for our Trust, after the sad passing of Julia Chapman-Barker in September. In the next issue we will formally be introducing you to our new Chair Alan Maden, but in the meantime I’ll take this opportunity to tell you a bit more about what’s in this issue. With the uncertain economic climate hotting up, we have a look at ways to keep our cool and reduce stress levels during the credit crunch on page 3. At GMW we’re proud to be doing our bit for the economy and the environment adopting a ‘paper-light’ initiative. As a member you can do your bit to help us by opting to receive ‘News for You’ by email rather than post. Check out the article below, and reply to the stated email address, you even stand a chance of winning a £100 High Street voucher. Celebrity nutritionist, Gillian McKeith, tells us what we should be eating in order to maintain a good standard of mental health on page 6, and on page 4 GMW Art Therapist, James Van Lint tells us more about his role in the Trust. On page 8, service user David Dabipi gives us an insight into his experiences of mental illness and the services we offer here at Greater Manchester West. Flip over to the Governor section to read about how our Council of Governors have been contributing to the running of our Trust over the past three months. In closing, I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year, and all the best for 2009. What is…OCD? Food for Thought page 6 & 7 Dragon’s Den comes to GMW page 7 Page 8 It’s my Life Governor’s Section... New Trust Chair page 1 & 2 Members’ Plans for 2009 page 2 Service Targets Offenders page 3 Governors Take Responsibility Seriously page 4 Welcome to the fourth edition of ‘GMW newsforyou’, our Foundation Trust’s magazine exclusively for our members. Bev Hu mphrey Contact If you have any comments or suggestions please send them to us at: Hannah.bowie-mclean@ gmw.nhs.uk Call: 0161 772 3857 Or write to: Hannah Bowie-McLean, Membership Office, Trust HQ, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL ‘GMW newsforyou’ is available to download and read on our website: www.gmw.nhs.uk Going Green with GMW Here at GMW we’re looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and become a ‘paperlight’ Trust, but we need your help. By emailing out your quarterly copy of ‘GMW News for You’, we would not only save money, but also the amount of trees that are felled for paper. If you’d like to start receiving ‘GMW News for You’ electronically, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ... stating your name, email address and the first line of your postal address. You will be entered in to a prize draw to win a £100 high street voucher!! page 2 | newsforyou Cracking the Credit Crunch Christmas is over and no doubt many of us will be reluctantly facing the fact that despite being in the middle of a global economic crisis, we still overspent during the festive season. According to the Conservative Party, the current economic downturn could cause a 26% rise in mental health illness, affecting more than 1.5 million people nationally. In discussions with the Mental Health Network, Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said, with mental health problems believed they were made worse by financial difficulties and debt. Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Kate Hellin, from the Trust’s Trafford Directorate, explains why the crunch could impact your mental state: “A lot of mental distress comes from feeling out of control of your circumstances. The fact that prices for everyday things such as food and petrol have increased without us being able to alter the situation causes us stress, as well as financial hardship. psychological health to improve if we start valuing relationships and activities instead of material possessions. Whilst the amounts may have changed somewhat, the principle remains true today – and whilst it sounds obvious the key is to live within your means. This advice stands whatever the external circumstances are. Managing your personal finances can present some issues but there are a few practical things you can do. Draw up a budget, detailing your outgoings including mortgage, utility bills, card repayments, food bills etc and stick to it. You might find it useful to keep a monthly finance diary detailing everything you spend so you can look back at the end of the month and review your spending on non-essential items, or your little luxuries. If you are making a larger purchase be aware that currently companies need your business and be prepared to haggle and ask for discounts. Also if paying for larger items consider using a credit card as in the event the company gets into difficulties the credit card company can, depending upon the circumstances, give you some protection against this under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. You must however ensure you have the funds to pay off the credit card balance at the end of the month. There are lots of experts willing to offer advice, do some research - use the web – a site such as Martin Lewis’ moneysavingexpert.com is free to use and offers lots of practical advice. If you are having problems in making ends meet, don’t just ignore it. If you’re already in debt and struggling to make repayments go and talk to your bank/building society or the Citizens Advice Bureau and ask for help. Financial problems never resolve themselves; you have to be proactive in putting steps in place to regain financial stability.” “Mental health illness is the forgotten face of this recession. In the midst of serious discussions over employment figures, fiscal stimulus packages and interest rate cuts, we must not lose sight of the most pressing consequence of the current problems – human misery”. Mental Health Charity MIND conducted a survey which found that 91% of people My advice to people who think they are in a poor financial situation at the moment is to go through your finances and check whether your anxieties are realistic. You may be surprised to find that things aren’t always as bad as they seem. If you do find that your situation is how you feared it may be, or worse, the starting point is not psychological but practical help by way of debt counselling or meeting with your bank to discuss your options.” GMW’s very own money guru, Director of Finance John Graham offers us some practical advice on how to crack the credit crunch. “As an accountant one of my favourite quotes is from ‘David Copperfield’ by Charles Dickens, “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery”. How people cope with the credit crunch isn’t necessarily to do with how much money they earn, but is more to do with how they manage what they’ve got. Looking at it from a positive angle, the credit crunch might actually help us to realise that material objects don’t make us happy. We should use this time to re-evaluate what is more important to us; material objects or finding enjoyment in things which don’t cost us money such as spending time with family or having a video night in with friends instead of going to the cinema. I feel that it’s possible for our newsforyou | page 3 All in a Day’s Work... James Van Lint doing individual and group work with offenders who have mental health problems – mainly personality disorders and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The Edenfield Centre is very much a multidisciplinary environment, and I work alongside Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and other non-pharmacological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Family Intervention and PsychoSocial Intervention (PSI). What’s the most challenging part of your job? Personally, I find that trying to convey what I can to do to help clients to the multi-disciplinary teams is very challenging. What does an average day consist of for you? Usually I’ll work on a one to one basis with a client in the morning, and then spend time writing up notes. I’ll usually then feed back to the client’s MDT (multi-disciplinary team), which consists of their Psychiatrist, junior doctors, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and senior nurse. After that I might prepare reports about patients’ progress for ward rounds, or do a clinic at the prison. I’m not particularly good at selling myself, or what I can offer, although I know Art Therapy can make a great deal of difference to clients’ recovery. Art Therapy isn’t a particularly fashionable therapy at the moment, however I am very pleased to hear that it’s going to be amongst the recommended therapeutic interventions within the new NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) Guidelines for Schizophrenia. Art therapy commands a certain level of trust between the client and the therapist. This can be difficult and take a while to achieve, but once a therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client is established deeper work can start. Art Therapist, James Van Lint, has been based at the Trust’s Edenfield Centre in Prestwich for the last decade. He gives us the low down on his diverse and challenging role. What is Art Therapy? Art Therapy is recognised as a form of Psychotherapy which uses art as its primary mode of communication. It’s a very creative therapy which encourages clients to draw, or make images in the belief page 4 | newsforyou that the art work can reveal a lot about the difficulties the client is experiencing, and help the client to express these difficulties in a safe and secure environment. Art Therapy uses psychodynamic principles as its base, and as the therapist, I’m interested in how the ‘unconscious mind’ expresses itself, as well as things like psychological defences and ‘object relations’. What are the highlights of you career? For me, highlights are success stories. There’s nothing better than seeing a service user recover, leave the Edenfield or prison, and go on to make something of their life rather than come back. I also find the prison work rewarding because there aren’t a lot of inmates who don’t have mental health problems, so I am well utilised. For society’s sake we need more therapy and treatment for prisoners. There is a definite connection between mental health illnesses and crime, so it’s good to think my work contributes towards an offender’s rehabilitation. What qualifications are required to become an Art Therapist? The usual route is to complete an undergraduate degree in Fine Art, and then go on to do a post graduate degree in Art Therapy. Although challenging it is a very rewarding career. If you’d like more information about becoming a therapist you could have a look at The British Association of Art Therapist’s website at: www.baat.org Where do you practice your therapy? I’ve been based at the Edenfield Centre for ten years, but I also practice in local prisons. Currently I hold sessions at HM YOI Hindley and HMP Styal, What should I do if I think I have OCD? If you have symptoms that concern you, the first place to start would be to speak to a GP that you feel comfortable with. Individuals are often too embarrassed and feel very isolated, but it is important to make sure the problem is actually OCD. Some of the symptoms, such as unwanted thoughts and checking behaviours can occur with other conditions. Therapy (CBT, with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Medication in the form of SSRI’s (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) may also be a component of treatment. Once a firm diagnosis has been made, you and your GP can explore the available options. This might include a referral to a service offering psychological therapies (in particular CBT). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder marked by the presence of obsessions and compulsions severe enough to interfere with the activities of daily life. Dr Karin Carter, Clinical Psychologist at who is based at the Trust’s Psychology Department, explains more about this severe condition. everyday functioning of the individual. Do rituals actually make sufferers feel better? Rituals, or compulsions, may temporarily reduce the individual’s distress, but this reduction is often short lived and the sufferer feels they have to repeat the ritual to relieve their distress again. What is OCD? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is classified as an anxiety disorder. It has two main components, obsessions and/or compulsions, which can be present together or singularly. Obsessions can be thoughts, images, impulses or urges and they can be very distressing, inappropriate or persistent. The sufferer may respond to these thoughts with actions to remove or ‘neutralise’ them. Compulsions, also known as rituals, differ from obsessions in that they are behaviours that follow strict rules in an attempt to prevent or reduce distress. These behaviours can be visible, for example, checking, washing, repeating actions, or may be internal to the sufferer, praying, counting, and repeating words. In order to meet the diagnostic criteria of OCD in adults, the symptoms must be seen as unreasonable, excessive, distressing, time consuming and interfere with the normal What causes OCD? This is a difficult question to answer. Some research suggests that it is linked to stressful life events. From a professional perspective different professional groups may see the problem as starting in different ways. To the best of my knowledge no single cause has been identified. The problem is linked to our brains, however, depending on the emphasis and type of training of the clinician, one might have a more medical or psychological hypotheses to account for the condition. A psychological explanation may focus more on beliefs that the client has compared to a medical perspective. In order to be diagnosed as having OCD the individual must meet specific diagnostic criteria. People with OCD are just careful and fussy: This isn’t true. These might include: • Not being able to commit fully to attending therapy sessions (because of work, family etc); • Not being ready to work on the problem; • Someone else sees it as a problem but the individual may not wish to pursue this path; • Only wanting to work on part of the problem. There are other factors interfering with the work such as low mood. I personally do not believe that OCD cannot be cured. I would encourage any one with OCD to seek help and if there are residual problems or goals to seek further help as and when ready. Anxiety UK: www.anxietyuk.org OCD Action: www.ocdaction.org.uk OCD UK: www.ocduk.org NICE guidance for OCD can be found at www.nice.org.uk Rituals such as cleaning are only part of the symptomology for some individuals. Messy people can’t get OCD: Not true – anyone can get OCD. Can it be treated? Yes it can. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), recommends Cognitive Behavioural OCD is a rare problem: According to the NICE guidelines, about 1-3% of the populations are thought to have OCD. OCD is a congenital condition: This is not true. OCD can be managed but not cured: This depends on how you define‘cure’ . Research shows that with Behaviour Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 5060% can show recovery. No treatment works 100% for everybody. There may be other factors that make it hard to gain the full benefits of for example CBT. Support Services: Food for Thought These vital fats are well known for being found in oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, fresh tuna, trout, scallops and halibut, but what if you’re a vegetarian, or simply don’t like fish? Flaxseed (Linseed) oil, hemp oil, soya oil and rapeseed (canola) oil are all good sources, as are pumpkin and sunflower seeds, walnuts and even dark green leafy vegetables such as brussels sprouts and broccoli have a small amount of omega 3 in them. Through her research, celebrity nutritionist Gillian McKeith has found that, “the omega 3 fats (EPA and DHA) are vital for brain function and mental health. They are needed for the structure of the brain as well as for the manufacture of neurotransmitters, and have been shown to reduce the risk of depression, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and impaired cognitive function”. Research at Alzheimer’s Society, said, “A Mediterranean diet full of green leafy vegetables, oily fish and the odd glass of red wine is the best type of diet for those who want to follow a diet that can help lower their chances of developing dementia. Some studies have shown this type of diet can reduce your risk by up to 40%. Omega 3 fatty acids such as those in fatty fish and nuts are particularly beneficial whereas Omega 6 fatty acids as in sunflower oil need to be balanced out by beneficiary Omega 3 oils.” With mental health problems on the increase, and more and more people seeking self-help, holistic, and natural therapies, Hannah Bowie-McLean, looks at how nutrition can affect your mental and emotional wellbeing. We all need food to function. If we stopped eating, our bodies would go into starvation mode and we would eventually die. Looking at it from this perspective doesn’t it seem obvious that if our diets are lacking in certain nutrients, our bodies may not function to their full capacity? The brain especially has high energy and page 6 | newsforyou nutrient requirements, and a lack of nutrients can lead to chemical imbalances resulting in anxiety, depression, memory problems and lack of sleep to name but a few. Over the next few issues of ‘GMW newsforyou’, we’ll discover how you could improve your life simply by changing your diet. In this issue we’ll take a look at how Omega 3 fatty acids could help lessen your symptoms. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are part of the family of unsaturated fats called Omega 3 fatty acids, and are essential for the body to function to its optimum. Forming approximately 8% of the brain’s weight, DHA is thought to make up the building blocks of the most complex human organ. EHA however, is different in that it is considered by some doctors as being the most vital nutrient for the brain and nerve stimulation. According to Gillian’s research, even patients suffering from enduring mental health illnesses such as Schizophrenia have been found to benefit from these ‘super fats’; “Patients diagnosed with Schizophrenia have been found to have reduced levels of omega 3 fatty acids in their red blood cell membranes. The omega 3 fats have been shown to help prevent Schizophrenic patients progressing into psychosis, and to reduce the need for antipsychotic medications”. In recent years research has been done into the link between Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and Omega 3 fats. In an article published on the Alzheimer’s Society website, Dr Susanne Sorensen, Head of ‘Feeding Minds: The impact of food on mental health’, an article published by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), reported that there are “correlations between low intakes of fish by country and high levels of depression among its citizens”. It’s not surprising therefore, that compared to countries in the Mediterranean, which consume more omega 3 rich fish than we do, the UK has significantly higher rates of depression. Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the MHF believes, “The time is now right for nutrition to become a mainstream, everyday component of mental health care, and a regular factor in mental health promotion”. He states, Dragons’ Den comes to GMW Greater Manchester West is taking part in a unique project aimed at helping encourage volunteering with the Trust. ‘Pitch Your Project’ is targeted at local voluntary groups and organisations, with the aim of giving a winning idea £2000 to help fund their scheme. Throughout the end of 2008, posters and flyers were sent out to local organisations across the GMW patch by the national volunteering organisation ‘TimeBank’, who are funding the scheme. The closing date for entries was 15th December, with all entries now being put through a short listing process before teams are invited in to pitch their idea to a panel of experts in the style of the BBC’s ‘Dragon’s Den’ on 6th March. The Dragon’s will consist of someone from the Timebank, a social enterprise ‘dragon’, a media ‘dragon’ and a representative from the Trust. Neil Thwaite, the Trust’s Director of Business “The brain is the platform for the mind, and therefore the platform for our mental health. We know that food affects how we feel, think and behave. In fact, we know that dietary interventions may hold the key to a number of mental health challenges our society is facing”. There are many supplements available on the market to help boost your intake of omega 3 fatty acids, although Gillian McKeith believes a, “nutritional approach which involves a balanced lifestyle and healthy diet”, would be more beneficial than capsules, due to the fact that “nutrients are normally ingested in combinations, so single nutrient supplements are not necessarily the answer.” So before reaching for the pills, try the simple recipe below to help increase your daily dose of Omega 3. Feta, Walnut and Herb dip 1/4 cup mint leaves 1/4 cup parsley leaves 1/4 cup basil leaves 200g low fat feta cheese 2 cups walnuts 1 glove crushed garlic 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil Vegetable crudités to serve. METHOD: Put all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste and serve with crudités. and Service Development will be the Trust’s dragon, and will sit on the panel that will review each entry and interview representatives from each short listed project before choosing a winner. Even though there can only be one winner, each short listed project will be able to ask questions to the dragons and get advice on how to develop their ideas effectively. James Caan, who listens to innovative ideas on the BBC show, said: “We have so many people on Dragons’ Den who pitch a variety of business ideas, so this project is an interesting opportunity to learn about ideas for improving people’s health and wellbeing.” newsforyou | page 7 It’s My Life... David Dabipi Unit in Bolton. In 2000 he was admitted for alcohol and drug misuse, and was also diagnosed with Schizophrenia. “Even though it made me very confused, I didn’t think there was anything wrong, but then my thoughts started to become reality to me and I started acting out my hallucinations”. After seven weeks at Bolton’s K2 ward, David was discharged and allocated a Social Worker to help support him. However it wasn’t long before his old habits resurfaced. “Over the following 3 years I was in and out of the system quite a lot”, David said, “it was a very chaotic lifestyle”. It was while David was at K2 ward that Chrissie Makin told him about volunteering with the Patients’ Council in Bolton. The Council was set up with the aim of service users helping fellow service users in a supportive role by visiting the wards and offering information about different voluntary services, and how to access them. David joined the Council as a volunteer and really enjoyed making a positive difference in the lives of fellow patients, “There is often a gap between patients who feel like they’re isolated, and the staff. I like being able to help people see that the staff are there to support them and it’s good being able to help bridge that gap”. David flourished as a volunteer and it wasn’t long before he came up with the idea of Creative Pastimes, a voluntary service which sits under the umbrella of the Patients’ Council. He secured funding for a three month pilot scheme and started his initiative. Bike rides, a walking group, cinema and shopping trips and service user social evenings are some of the activities that Creative Pastimes offers service users as part of their therapy. David feels it’s important for patients to engage with activities while they are receiving treatment, “If you choose to partake while you’re here, you will find you can do and cope with a lot more when you’re out”. David would like to carry on helping service users once he has been discharged, “I plan to carry on volunteering, but I’d also like to do a Psychology course”. When asked what advice he would give to people in a similar situation to him, but who aren’t receiving help yet, David said, “If you realise you’ve got a problem, go and ask for help. You can’t deal with it on your own. The staff are there to help you; you just have to trust them. For me, my faith is also very important; I wouldn’t have got through this without it”. David’s consultant Dr Joseph Bowie, Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry said; A smartly dressed, articulate young man, with a broad smile and a strong handshake is probably not the first picture you conjure up when imagining a service user. Ignorant it may sound, but 25 year old David Dabipi is certainly not how most people envisage someone with a mental health problem to be. Brought up in a suburban terraced house in Oldham by his mum and dad, David, his brother and sister had a happy childhood. “We didn’t want for anything”, said David, “we were happy and comfortable. My Dad was a teacher and believes that a good education is the key to a successful life. He did a lot of extra curricular activities with us to try to give us the best start he could”. page 8 | newsforyou Like most young boys playing football and going on bike rides were David’s favourite pastimes. He reminisced, “My brother and I used to go for walks in Moss Bank Park in Bolton and catch sticklebacks in the stream”. Unfortunately, when David was 7, his parents separated and he went to live with his mother and grandfather in Bolton. He lost contact with his father and missed the stability his family had had. Aged 17, David “got in with the wrong crowd” and started drinking heavily and dabbling with drugs. “I still managed to hold down a job as a Telesales Operator, but my friends would say things to me like, ‘You can come over to my house as long as you don’t drink’ ”. It was around this time that David started to have auditory and visual hallucinations and feel paranoid. It was David’s sister who realised that he needed help and arranged for him to be assessed at the Trust’s Rivington “David’s time at the Kingsley unit has been well spent. He has worked hard with the Kingsley team to find medication that he is happy with, has developed a better understanding of his illness and has worked to increase his own skills in keeping well. He is now looking forward to the future with renewed optimism.” If you are a current service user and would like to share your story, please contact Hannah Bowie-McLean on 0161 772 3857, or hannah. email@example.com Governors Take Responsibility Seriously Several of the Trust’s Governors have recently been involved in helping shape GMW’s first ever Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy. The Corporate Social Responsibility plan, or CSR strategy, sets out the Trust’s plans on how it will ensure it operates in the future both responsibly and ethically with regard to its impact upon the local environment, economy and population. The Trust has a long established relationship with service user groups, with strong credentials around community engagement. The CSR strategy aims to not only strengthen those links by setting them out in a formal document, but also addressing some of the key areas that impact upon the areas in which we deliver services. The CSR plan is one of key areas the Governor’s Strategy and Future Direction Group will look at and monitor. The members of the Group are: As part of the Group’s input to the strategy, they have developed draft value statements around each of the themes within the document. Procurement (buying of goods & services) GMW is aware of its purchasing power and the impact this can have on the local community. GMW purchases therefore, where possible will aim to buy goods and services from sustainable and local sources. GMW aims to make sure that all goods and services purchased meet the needs of staff, service users and other local stakeholders. Community Engagement GMW is an organisation driven by the needs of its, service users, staff and the communities it serves. GMW will continue to engage with partners and key stakeholders, by whatever means possible, in both its day-to-day service delivery and around strategic developments responsible, to provide healthy workplaces and promote recovery. GMW will build to the highest standard possible, within the constraints of the available resources and taking account of any applicable legislation. Staff Governor, Sarah Cleverly, said: Facilities Management GMW aims to provide high standard and sustainable facilities management arrangements. These arrangements will support the delivery of high standard services, which meet the needs of all individuals who work in, visit or use our services. Employment and Skills GMW encourages staff to fulfil their potential by offering flexible and supportive working environments. GMW aims to be a socially responsible employer that responds to individual needs, has a positive impact on employees’ mental and physical health, and encourages staff to value themselves and each other. New Buildings GMW aims to develop new buildings and services that are sustainable and ecologically “It’s really important that as Trust Governors we are involved in helping shape the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy for the organisation. CSR is all about the community and being responsive and accountable to the local areas we operate in – which is one of the key components of being a Foundation Trust. By helping shape these plans and monitoring process, we can really make a positive difference and represent the people who elected us.” Transport Greater Manchester West aims to minimise the environmental harm caused by its own level of motor vehicle use and that of staff, service users and visitors by promoting transport options that are healthy for the individual and the environment,. Where safe and reliable, GMW encourages alternative forms of transport – such as cycling, walking and the use of public transport – for staff and visitors to Trust sites. Steven Logan, Chair, Service User and Carer Governor Sally Claydon, Appointed Governor, Cloughside College Sarah Cleverly, Staff Governor, Allied Health Professionals Eddie Sheehy, Salford Public Governor Alan Mitchell, Appointed Governor, Trafford MBC page 4 | newsforyou Accelerate Your Road to Recovery ‘Recovery Road’ is the theme for this year’s annual service user conference hosted by UACT (User Action Team). Throughout the event, which will be held at The Bolholt Hotel, Bury, on 10th February, there will be recovery, dance, art, stigma and self-care related workshops, as well as an address by Mike Cooke, service user and CEO of Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust. The conference is free and open to all service users. To register, please contact Carol Collins, UACT Co-ordinator on 0161 772 4647 or email carol. firstname.lastname@example.org New GMW Service Targets Offenders in Manchester An award-winning project to identify and support offenders with mental health and drug-related problems has being launched by Greater Manchester West in Manchester. The new service will allow the police and courts to call on expert assessments for people in custody so that they can quickly be put in contact with specialist services, while past offenders will receive additional, targeted support in the community. A pilot of the £500,000 initiative, which is funded by NHS Manchester and provided by GMW, has already won a national Nursing Times award for successfully addressing mental health and drug-related problems. A launch took place in December at Manchester Crown Court, which was attended by Lord Bradley and representatives from agencies across the city including Greater Manchester West, NHS Manchester, Crown Prosecution Service, Greater Manchester Police, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Her Majesty’s Courts Service. Lord Bradley has recently led a on Government Review into offenders with mental health and learning disabilities. The Bradley Review focussed on ways of diverting offenders with mental health and learning disabilities away from the criminal justice system and into more appropriate services. Craig Harris, Mental Health Commissioner for NHS Manchester and an Appointed Governor for Greater Manchester West said: “This new service for mentally disordered officers will provide a truly holistic service for people who have traditionally fallen through the gaps between mental health services, substance misuse services, housing support and other social care and support services. A new multi-disciplinary team including mental health professionals, a social worker and probation officer will run the service. Consultant Psychiatrist from GMW Dr. Lynne Daly said at the launch: “This new service will house a multi-disciplinary team of very experienced professionals. The service is very much ‘outreach’ focussed; by going to the places that this client group are found. We can make a difference and make a difference quickly and deliver innovation at a whole new level. The service is expected to handle a caseload of around 150 people and went live in early January. Membership Figures It is with great pleasure that we can tell you that GMW has exceeded its 2008/09 membership target. The total number of members the Trust has currently stands at 7604, smashing our target of 7500 by February 2009. Throughout the year we have held various recruitment events accross Bolton, Salford, Trafford and the wider North West to ensure a diverse and representative membership of public, service users, carers and staff. However, the hard work doesn’t stop here, and as a Trust we have a number of membership recruitment initiatives planned for 2009/10. As a valued member pf GMW you can do your bit by telling your friends and family about the work the Trust does, and directing them to the website (www.gmw.nhs.uk) to sign up as members. newsforyou | page 3 ‘This service will address offending behaviour, not just those that have already offended, so that vulnerable adults can be supported before they end up in a courtroom. Working with the police and magistrates we can open up the system to all client groups and ensure the new service develops in line with what service users 24/7.” Membership Plans for 2009 With this year seeing the first anniversary of Greater Manchester West, the Trust already has plans in place for 2009 to ensure we can continue to not only increase the number of people who are members of Greater Manchester West, but also give our existing members the opportunity to get more involved with the work we do and meet the Governors that represent them. In early 2009 the Trust expects to launch it’s new website. The new GMW website will have information about all our services, information on carer and service user groups, details of why GMW is a great place to work, plus a new ‘micro-site’ for members and Governors to find out more about the benefits of being a member and news related to our Foundation Trust. Carers Week takes place in June, and to tie into this GMW will be holding Listening Events for Governors and Members. This gives members the opportunity to meet with Governors and find out how they represent you as well as give you as members the chance to speak to Governors and air you views on key topics related to their work. During the summer the Trust page 2 | newsforyou Governors Appoint the New Trust Chair continued... The Nominations Committee were unanimous in their decision on the successor to Julia and made a recommendation to the Council of Governors who have the final say in the appointment of the new Chair. The Nominations Committee have recommended the appointment of Alan Maden, who has been a NonExecutive Director with the Trust for 4 years. Bob Davenport, Public Governor said of the process: is planning to host a special Summer Garden Party. This event will be open to members, staff, service users and carers and members of the public. Sports and social activities will be available and everyone who attends will have the chance to take part in a day packed full of fun events and activities. September sees the Trust’s Annual General Meeting, coupled with a Members’ Meeting and our Staff Awards. This ‘3-in-1’ event gives all those people associated with the Trust the opportunity to find out how we’ve performed as an organisation, as well as celebrate the achievements of our staff. This also gives members the chance to discover more about Greater Manchester West and what we do, as well as see some of the excellent work and new projects that are taking place throughout 2009. One of the big dates in the GMW diary is World Mental Health Day, which takes place in October. The Trust will be coordinating a variety of events for members across our patch and you will have the chance to meet both Governors and staff and find out about mental health and how important it is. Details of these events are being planned right now, so make sure you read your copy of News for You and check out the Trust website for details of all these events throughout 2009. Introducing the new Medical Governor Dr Fareed Bashir, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, was appointed as the Council of Governors new Medical Governor in October following the resignation of Dr Stephen Rowe. Dr Bashir, who is based at the Trust’s Edenfield Centre, said, “I’m delighted to have been elected to post. As a Governor I aim to represent the doctors employed by GMW, following guidance from the General Medical Council and making patient care my primary concern”. Aside from psychiatry Dr Bashir also has a keen interest in mental health law, and is actively involved in teaching other professionals. “Being involved in every stage of appointing the new Chair of Greater Manchester West has been an real eye opening experience. To have been able to scrutinise the post, see and interview the applicants and really put them through their paces means that not only I as a Governor can feel satisfied that Alan is the right person for the job, but that the members that I represent can feel assured that we have worked on their behalf to ensure the success of GMW with the appointment of a quality Chairperson who is passionate about mental health and alcohol and drug services.” A profile of the new Chair will feature in the next edition of News for You. As Alan was previously a Non-Executive Director, one of the Council of Governors tasks for early 2009 will be to select and appoint a replacement for Alan’s Non-Executive Director post. Details about this will appear in the next edition of GMW newsforyou. Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Welcome ... to the January edition of governors GMW newsforyou. We hope you enjoy governors newsforyou. If you have any comments or suggestions please drop our Governors a line via the Trust at email@example.com or call 0161 772 4313. Governors Appoint the New Trust Chair Following the closing date in November the Nominations Committee met to shortlist the candidates. The short listed candidates were then invited to a talk-Back session with the Board of Directors and Council of Governors; this involved the candidates answering a series of quick-fire questions, as the new Chair will be expected to be able to handle challenging situations as they go about their job. After the Talk-Back Event, the candidates were invited to an interview with The Governors from the Nominations Committee together with an experienced Chair from another Mental Health Foundation Trust, who was the independent advisor to the Nominations Committee. continued overleaf... Governor News! The Trust’s first Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy Support offenders with mental health and drug-related problems GMW newsforyou is designed and produced by First Step Trust. Tel: 0161 772 3961 Website: www.firststeptrust.org.uk Contact us For enquiries or further information about the Trust please contact: Hayley Caulfield on: 0161 772 4313 or email: hayley.caulfield @gmw.nhs.uk In November last year the Council of Governors began the process of appointing a new Chair, following the sad death of Julia Chapman-Barker, on behalf of the Trust. Being a Foundation Trust means that the process is led by the Trust Governors thought it’s Nominations Committee. This is made up entirely of Governors; James Gold; Staff Governors, Margaret Willis; Service User and Carer Governor, Bob Davenport; Public Governor and Craig Harris and Bernard Gallagher; Appointed Governors. One of the roles of the Nominations Committee is to agree the job description and person specification. 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