Family and Carer involvement in mental health care best practice

Currently waiting for a response from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, they must respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Dear Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust,

I am led to understand:

- In 2004 NICE recommended approach for mental health in CG1 stated the value and importance of involving family or Carers in the care of persons experiencing mental illness. The theme was reiterated even strengthened in successive CG issues.

- In the same year 2004 RCPsych issued a series of checklists recommended to be used by psychiatrists, to assist them in best practice, and to aid implementation of a ‘family’ approach.

- Since before year 2000, BSMHFT (then under different name) has financially supported, incorporated and promoted the work of the Meriden Family Programme in Birmingham. Key aims of MFP were to develop, train for, and thus implement Family Involvement within the Trust and wider fields wherever their expertise was appreciated. Awards: I see that a national award was gained in 2004 by MFP, for their insight and value to M/H approach up to that date (source BSMHFT/MFP web site).

I have 4 questions:

(1) Please can you tell me when the Trust first implemented their policy of involving family or Carers as an important benefit in the management of mental illness?

(2) What is the Trust policy on M/H Act Assessment team makeup? (e.g. 2 minimum; 3 recommended; other attendees )?

(3) Please can you tell me when the Trust implemented a policy of supplementing M/H assessment teams with concurrent attendance of e.g. 'Home Treatment' team?

(4) Please can you publish historical supporting documentation for your responses?

Yours faithfully,

C Rock

FOIOffice (BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Dear C Rock

Thank you for your request for information. Your request was received on 09/02/2018 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Yours sincerely,

Trust FOI Officer
Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
50 Summer Hill Road
Birmingham
B1 3RB
Tel: 0121 301 1370
e-mail: [email address]
website: www.bsmhft.nhs.uk

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FOIOffice (BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Dear C Rock

Thank you for your request. The Trust would like you to clarify the following so that we continue to process your FOI request.

Question 1 - please clarify if you are referring to a policy specifically around carers/families which has been ratified by the Trust Board?
Question 3 - please clarify in you are referring to the mental health act assessment teams when you mention 'M/H assessment teams'? Can you please clarify what specific information you require in regards to this query.

Can you also clarify the time frames for the questions i.e. how far back do you require this documentation?

Once we have received clarification the Trust will continue to process your FOI request.

Kind Regards

Freedom of Information Officer
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Unit 1, B1, 50 Summer Hill Road, Birmingham B1 3RB
Direct Dial: 0121 301 1370
Email: [email address]

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Dear FOIOffice (BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Re clarification:

Question 1 - please clarify if you are referring to a policy specifically around carers/families which has been ratified by the Trust Board?
A: I confess I do not know what your understanding or definition of Policy is, in this respect. If it is open to interpretation by your employees or service users or affected carers it should not be, in my view. Essentially I refer to any Policy that would be understood and described as such by your workforce. You may feel you have to give clarifying answers to this question if there is likely to be an element of question or interpretation.

Question 3 - please clarify if you are referring to the mental health act assessment teams when you mention 'M/H assessment teams'?
A: Yes that is what I was referring to; assessments carried out under m/h Act and either with or without subject's consent or understanding (immediate or short term e.g. due to subject's cognitive state).

Q: Can you please clarify what specific information you require in regards to this query.
A: My questions 2 and particularly 3 refer to this in consideration of national and professional guidance, OR local initiatives. Do you have any information as to when policies were introduced, terminated or strengthened regarding these?

Q: Can you also clarify the time frames for the questions i.e. how far back do you require this documentation?
A: Existing policies in 2003 and changes in policy since (of the type requested) - if any.

I hope this helps.

Yours sincerely,

C Rock

FOIOffice (BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Dear C Rock

Thank you for your email clarifying the points raised.

The Trust will now continue to process your request.

Kind Regards

Freedom of Information Officer
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Unit 1, B1, 50 Summer Hill Road, Birmingham B1 3RB
Direct Dial: 0121 301 1370
Email: [email address]

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