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  1. Carers week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities. Details about carers week and information about support for carers can be found by visiting the Carers UK website https://www.carersuk.org; information for carers is also available on the Carers Trust Solihull website  https://www.solihullcarers.org/carersweek/

    Information and support for carers is also available on our website.

  2. What is the training?

    Psychological therapies for people with severe mental health problems (PTSMHP) are a key part of the integrated offer for adults, as set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan. The Mental Health Implementation Plan and subsequent Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults, provides a new framework to ensure services are integrated, “place based” and designed to meet specific local need.

    For those experiencing severe and/or complex mental health problems, the Framework advocates the provision of NICE-recommended psychological therapies and views these as critical in giving people the best chance to get better and to stay well. Funding to commission new courses has been made available to Health Education England (HEE) through NHS England (NHSE) and a national curriculum has been agreed for the training based on the best available evidence.

    The Meriden Family Programme is one of 4 training providers commissioned to deliver across England and will be offering a 12-month programme via Microsoft Teams to staff working in community adult or older adult services. The training will equip practitioners with the skills to deliver evidence based face-to-face FI sessions, as well as remote working where necessary.

    Please read HEE Cohorts 3 4 Brochure Brochure information with training application details.

    For further details on the course, please email us at bsmhft.meriden@nhs.net

    How to apply

    Applications can be made by submitting the booking form to bsmhft.meriden@nhs.net and we will then forward applications to HEE for authorisation and confirmation.

  3. What is the training?

    Psychological therapies for people with severe mental health problems (PTSMHP) are a key part of the new integrated offer for adults, as set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan. Funding to commission new courses has been made available to Health Education England (HEE) through NHS England (NHSE). A national curriculum has been agreed for the training based on the best available evidence.

    The Meriden Family Programme is one of the 4 training providers commissioned to deliver across England and will be offering a 12-month programme via Microsoft Teams.

    Please open and read HEE FI Flyer information for training application details.

    For further details please contact:

    • HEE:   Peter Rolland, Senior Project Manager, Mental Health Programme
      Health Education England
      Contact via MS Teams and Skype
      email:  peter.rolland@hee.nhs.uk
    • Meriden Family Programme:  bsmhft.meriden@nhs.net

     

  4. Health Education England (HEE) has developed a national curriculum for family intervention training for CMHTs which states that the training they will be commissioning from approved training organisations will be required to:

    • have a minimum of 10 taught days
    • take place over 12 months
    • include regular supervision
    • have some form of assessment
    • include the topics within the curriculum

    The national curriculum only relates at present to CMHTs for adult and older adult services and not to Early Intervention services. The course does not enable participants to train other staff, but does enable them to supervise their colleagues within their CMHT. If you have completed BFT training then you do not need to attend this training course in order to work with families. Existing trainers and supervisors do not need to attend this training in order to continue to train and supervise colleagues in BFT.

    The course will consist of the fundamental elements of BFT, plus aspects of the trainers and supervisors course and the Caring for Carers course which may be familiar to a lot of trainers.

    The Meriden Family Programme welcome the opportunity to be one of four approved providers across England and see this as a way of looking to ensure that family intervention becomes embedded in CMHTs, which for a considerable number of areas has been challenging.

    There have been a number of discussions that have taken place with trainers and supervisors from across the country about the current status of the five day BFT training.

    The message that we are sending out is that you should go ahead with any training plans that you have. If the training and supervision you provide is working well for your organisation then carry on as usual.

    We will be involved in ongoing discussions with HEE and others regarding developing standards for CMHTs in the future and will keep trainers and supervisors informed about any further changes.

    Martin Atchison – Acting Head,
    Meriden Family Programme

     

  5. Released for Carers Rights Day 2020, the report Unseen and Undervalued’ from Carers UK highlights the immense value of unpaid carers.  

    Projections based on YouGov polling indicate that unpaid carers across the UK have provided an incredible £135 billion of care since the start of the pandemic in March.  That’s £530 million of care every day! For a full year, at these rates, Carers UK estimates the value of carers’ unpaid support to be equivalent to £193 billion of care a year.

    Carers UK are campaigning for the Government to recognise the contribution of millions of carers and also protect their health and wellbeing; by providing additional support for carers over this winter and ensure that those caring for more than 50 hours a week get access to a funded break.  It is also calling on the Government to increase the income of carers entitled to Carer’s Allowance by £20 a week, to match the increase made months ago to Universal Credit. This would help carers providing 35 hours or more of unpaid care each week to manage both the higher costs of caring in the winter, and the lack of services available to help them stay in work.

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