12 November 2013
Hot Coffee, Hot City Topics
Hot Coffee, Hot City
Friday - the first day of the weekend? Absolutely not in Bristol,
where a dynamic new solution-focused breakfast event was launched
on Friday 1st November.
The brain-child of Marvin Rees, coffee and pastries helped
participants at the first Hot Coffee, Hot City Topics event at
South Plaza get into gear for some decisive discussion on the use
of community treatment orders (CTOs) in the city.
James Eldred, clinical director for Bristol, proposed the first hot
topic: the challenge of CTO use including whether our use of CTOs
is too high, what drives our use of them and how effective CTOs
James said, "We had an impressively constructive discussion
contributed to by staff from our own services as well as from our
partners in the city including Second Step and Nilaari. In the
light of some intriguing suggestions and data on the culture behind
CTO use - for example around ethnicity - we ended up with a range
of actions to examine and test our use of CTOs in more depth, with
a view to improving and developing our practice in consultation
with our commissioners."
Marvin added, "It is about channelling the appetite and energy of
local staff and organisations to tackle some fundamental issues and
make a real difference to how we - collectively as well as within
AWP - approach mental health care in the city. The idea behind Hot
Coffee, Hot City Topics is for frontline staff and service users to
define challenges, with the ensuing discussion identifying
potential solutions and driving action. We are holding Hot Coffee,
Hot City Topics on the first Friday of each month from 7.30am to
Rachel Clark, AWP's programme director for development, said, "The
first discussion on CTOs generated some interesting questions and
being able to consider these from the perspective of different
partners was fantastic. This is a real opportunity to think
innovatively, learn from other organisations and find ways to
improve the experience of service users."
The next event is on Friday 6th December at South Plaza and the
topic, which will be introduced by Lisa Catling, is 'Redefining
service user involvement: how to get beyond 'them and us'
practice'. Particular focuses will be:
• ensuring engagement is the norm rather than the
• ensuring service user involvement is meaningful and powerful
rather than simply symbolic.
• as delivery models change, ensuring that involved service
users are representative of people's recent experience.
All Bristol staff with an interest in the topic are welcome, as
well as service users, representatives from service user groups and
staff from partners organisations. However, places are limited, so
please call 0117 354 6200 to book your free place. Breakfast
Anyone with a challenge to propose for a future event should email
Marvin Rees at email@example.com