South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust

Discussion on New Carers’ Strategy and Charter

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South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is holding a number of events where you are invited to hear about their proposals and discuss your thoughts on how a carers strategy and carers charter could be developed.

The Halifax the event is on Thursday 21 June, 1:00pm-3:30pm at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER

If you would like to attend this or one of the other events, please book a place by calling 07867 787409 or email yasmin.arshad@swyt.nhs.uk letting us know which event you want to attend.

Other dates are:

  • Tuesday 19 June, 1.00pm – 3.30pm, St.Swithuns Centre, Arncliffe Road, Wakefield, WF1 4RR
  • Tuesday 26  June, 1.00pm – 3.30pm, Al-Hikmah Centre, Track Road, Batley, WF17 7AA
  • Thursday  12 July, 1.00pm – 3.30pm, The Core, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW

Launch of the Ey Up! Charity in Calderdale

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The Ey Up! charity provides community, mental health and learning disability services in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. Our Charitable Funds exist to support service users by providing additional resources and activities above and beyond NHS funding.

The service is described in the following way;

Now then. EyUp! is a charity that gives health and happiness t’ Yorkshire folk. We support the work of our Trust and mek a reet difference to community, mental health, wellbeing and learning disability services.

EyUp! helps our reet good staff to give even more, adding a bit o’ summat extra to services. It’s the sort of stuff our NHS can’t always afford – the bobby dazzler ideas that make a proper difference.

We don’t fund NHS services or owt. Instead we go above and beyond, the extra mile, with extra happiness. We can help wi’ things for ward areas – like games or equipment. We can help visitors to our services, with stuff like play areas and dead comfy chairs and that. We can help gi’ people a lift, boost recovery and mek memories – from activity groups to service user trips or funding for community groups.

We’re well proud of our linked charities who are Creative Minds, Spirit in Mind and the Mental Health Museum. Together we’re pulling out all the stops.

See, there’s nowt we like more than working hand in hand with our local communities. We’ve got big ambitions and the drive to match.

EyUp! captures our Yorkshire spirit for givin’ so that everyone can reach their potential and live well.

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Calderdale armed forces veteran network up and running

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“Veterans helping veterans”- providing comradeship and support in a safe environment.

That’s the motto of the new Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network which meets weekly in the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is part of this initiative to create a weekly support group for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Three people from the Trust set the group up when they noticed a gap in the support provided in Calderdale and the North for armed forces personnel and veterans.

The network will provide a place where serving army personnel and veterans of all ages, including their families, can meet in a non-clinical setting. Information, signposting, support and advice on a wide range of mental health and social issues unique to armed forces personnel will be offered at a one-stop-shop, alongside opportunities to socialise. The network is run by healthcare professionals who have served in the forces, who understand military mentality and who share many of their experiences.

The network is being funded by two Trust programmes designed to back initiatives which traditionally might not receive NHS funding: Creative Mind and the Trust Charitable Funds, both of which provide resources for services not normally paid for by the NHS.

Rob Webster, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

“This new network will provide welcome support to our armed forces personnel and veterans.”

“We are bringing organisations together to make sure that our armed forces personnel are supported in dealing with any problems or issues they may face, and helping them to meet like-minded people who can share experiences and support.”

“This network is led by veterans so they understand what it is like to leave the forces and adjust back to civilian life. I am pleased that we are able to give something back and help our armed forces veterans in this way.”

The network meets every Wednesday at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax between 1pm and 3pm – Refreshments are provided and the whole family is invited.

Those interested in the group can call 07464 496490 for more information.

Innovative Police Liaison Scheme nominated for a national HSJ Award

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The Calderdale and Kirklees police liaison scheme has been nominated for an HSJ Award 2016, recognising the scheme for its innovation in mental health and the way that it has improved experiences of service users in crisis.

The HSJ Awards celebrate the finest achievements in the NHS and are seen as the most sought after accolade in British healthcare, being the biggest awards scheme of its kind in the world.

The police liaison scheme is run in Kirklees and Calderdale and involves mental health nurses working alongside officers at Halifax and Huddersfield police stations to recognise the signs of mental illness.

This ensures fewer people with mental health conditions are placed on Section 136 of the Mental Health Act, held in a cell or admitted to A&E when there are more appropriate ways of providing health care for them. The scheme also enables practitioners to visit victims and witnesses at home and support police officers at the scene of an incident.

The police liaison scheme is supported by the clinical commissioning groups in Calderdale and Kirklees and has had its funding extended, demonstrating how much of an impact the scheme has had in improving mental health services.

Read more about the scheme at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk