07 December 2012

Praise for good practice in your local mental health services

AWP's innovative work to make services accessible for people with learning disabilities or autism has been highlighted nationally as good practice.

A national review of progress by mental health providers gives a range of examples from across AWP's teams, including:

  • Implementation of the MENCAP Getting it Right Charter in inpatient services, including asking service users and carers what would help someone trying to access services, wards benchmarking themselves against best practice, bringing in accessible 'welcome to the ward' information and rolling out personalised Hospital Passports with key information about someone with a learning disability
  • Joint working between the Bristol Autistic Spectrum Service (BASS) and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Team, where a member of the IAPT Team is part of the BASS drop in and the BASS team provides training for IAPT. The BASS team also delivers training to other parts of the mainstream mental health services
  • The inclusion in AWP's Bristol Court Assessment and Referral Service and Prison Mental Health Service of a learning disability nurse, to support people with learning disabilities who are going through the court system

Getting it right is MENCAP's campaign for equal healthcare for all children and adults with a learning disability, with the charter laying out key actions that for all healthcare organisations to support the delivery of better health services for people with a learning disability.

Sarah Jones, AWP's Lead Nurse for the MENCAP Getting it Right Charter said, "It is fantastic to have all the wonderfully creative and innovative work implemented by our staff recognised nationally as good practice. The implementation of the MENCAP Getting it Right Charter would not have been successful if not for the hard work of enthusiastic and passionate practitioners working in mainstream settings to bring about these changes in practice and continually raise awareness of the need to make adjustments for those service users with mental health problems and learning disabilities or autism."

Looking towards the future Sarah says, "AWP is committed to continuing to work towards a more accessible service and hopes to be further involved in developing good practice in this area."

Click here to see the full report by the National Development Team for Inclusion, or to see a summary of the report click here.

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