cavamh - Nexus: carer & service user involvement in older people's mental health

Cardiff & Vale

Project managed by cavamh.
Registered Charity No. 1148312. Company No. 8000094.

Summary of aims & objectives:

“Carer and service user involvement in older people's mental health services”

Nexus is a project, managed by cavamh, set up to involve people who use older people's mental health services (where possible) and their informal carers to have a say in the way that those services are run, planned and developed.

Our objectives are:

  • To support and facilitate opportunities for involvement
  • To connect service users productively with service providers, planners and commissioners
  • To provide and share relevant information
  • To provide and promote appropriate training
  • To sustain and build an effective organisation

Services:

Having a say - events, conferences and workshops are organised to bring service users, carers, and professionals together to share views and experiences in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Information - is provided to share what’s going on in mental health locally and nationally through the quarterly carers' newsletter, Involvement News. This includes information about events, news and opportunities for involvement and regularly includes a section written by carers.

Recruitment - carers are trained to sit on interview panels alongside mental health professionals and choose who should be working within the Cardiff and Vale UHB, including mentoring and training students with Cardiff University's Psychology Department.

Carers Involvement Group - a quarterly carers meeting is held where any carer or recent carer can attend to bring up issues or concerns.

Connecting service users with providers, planners and commissioners - carers influence the way that services are developed by collecting the views of other carers and service users and sharing them at planning meetings with the Health Board, Social Services and the Voluntary Sector. Key to this is the Carers Involvement Group, the quarterly carers meeting where any carer or recent carer can attend to bring up issues (see above) or concerns.

Training - providing and promoting training for service users to learn new skills or refresh old ones. Our courses aim to give people the tools, techniques and confidence to influence the development and delivery of services

Referrals:

No referral necessary. Just contact us for more information.

Contacts:

Tel: 029 2022 2000

Email: nexus@cavamh.org.uk - Helen Joy, Involvement Officer (Cardiff)

Email: matthew@cavamh.org.uk - Matthew Salisbury, Involvement Officer (Vale)

Website: www.cavamh.org.uk


Last Updated: September 2015
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