Category: Mental Health

Serenity Integrated Mentoring: Supporting and preventing high intensity mental health crisis

This collaborative model of care is changing the way we manage mental health crisis, and is helping police officers to better understand the connection between emotional trauma and offending.

The story behind SIM: Paul's story

Across the UK, emergency services are struggling to manage a small number of repeat callers with complex mental health need, not only placing operational pressures on police officers but also on other emergency and heath care teams. Fast forward through the criminal justice system and we find a high percentage of mental health service users in prison, often with the same mental health profiles.

The intervention of a new model of care, Serenity Integrated Mentoring, combines community mental health nurses with a specially trained police officer to help manage the risk of complex behaviours with boundary setting and mentoring. Service users realise that behaviours they once used were no longer acceptable without consequence. The recovery journey has become integrated and the language more consistent. Results show that this collaborative mentoring approach has produced significant and sometimes startling clinical outcomes.

This video tells the story behind the creation of this new model of care, and the journey of its founder, Sgt Paul Jennings.

Wessex AHSN Stakeholder Conference October 2015 - Innovation into Practice

Almost 150 delegates joined Wessex AHSN's executive, programme and clinical teams at St Mary's Stadium on 13th October to learn how we've been making a difference to people's health and supporting economic growth in the region's health and life science industries during 2014-15. Here's just a small selection of our achievements.

Introducing the TRIumPH (Treatment and Recovery In PsycHosis) care pathway

Wessex AHSN has worked with Imperial College Health Partners and Southern Health Foundation Trust to develop a best practice pathway for people with psychosis.

The TRIumPH (Treatment and Recovery In PsycHosis) care pathway promotes good clinical practice, and details the services that people experiencing psychosis can expect during different phases of their care.

Read more about the project by searching for psychosis in the News & Events section.

Mental Health: A Revolution in Psychosis Care

A new care pathway being developed aims to revolutionise the care of people with severe mental illness – and it has government backing.

People with psychosis currently die 15-20 years earlier than the rest of the population. It is hoped the new pathway will replicate the successes seen in stroke and cardiac care, where the right approach has transformed sufferers’ health and quality of life.

Clinicians and people with severe mental illness are working together on the development of the pathway, to ensure those with psychosis will receive the right support in the right place and at the right time. Wessex AHSN held an engagement event in November 2015 where eminent national speakers encouraged this pioneering approach.

Mental Health Champions Development Programme: Sandra Walker

The Mental Health Champions Development Programme was developed to put education into acute settings to improve the care of people with mental health problems, and support staff in dealing with them.

Portsmouth City NHS Trust (as was) and Portsmouth Hospitals Trust collaborated to put this programme together, which then became part of the learning and development requirements for staff. The model was so successful that it is currently being extended to other clinical areas through research at the University of Southampton.