The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social care has been set up to support the development of the field through shared learning. Based at St Catherine’s College in Oxford the Centre brings together a wide range of individuals and organisations working on different aspects of values-based practice around the world. Although originating primarily in mental health and social care a particular aim of the Collaborating Centre is to support extension of values-based approaches to other areas of health care such as surgery.
The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners, people who use mental health services and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. It focuses on education, research and practice which attempts to critique and address the barriers to implementing values based practice in mental health in-patient settings. We have an explicit focus on exploring professional and organisational power structures which underpin these barriers. This position informs educational and practice based action research initiatives which attempt to acknowledge and work within legal and ethical constraints to improve collaborative practices.
Volition is the network for third sector organisations working with people and their mental health and wellbeing. With 96 members organisations in Leeds, Volition support and bring together the strong and vibrant mental health third sector in Leeds as well as facilitating the mental health third sector voice at a strategic level. One of the core aims of Volition is to promote service user-led and recovery focused socially inclusive services. Volition is a strong advocate of people with lived experience being at the forefront of decisions around mental health, from mental health service design to co-production of a person’s own care and support. Within Leeds, one of the core principles of the redesign of the MH services in Leeds, which is a current 3 year project, is that people with lived experience are at the core of all of this work.
Leeds Involving People (LIP) is a user-led organisation, connecting citizen insight with service redesign for 20 years. LIP is a recognised centre of expertise in the coproduction of health, social care and community service solutions, with 600 members representing a range of seldom heard communities. LIP’s Together We Can network is an active partner in mental health strategic development and co-author of the Leeds Mental Health Framework 2014-17.
The Co-Creation Network began on October 2014 establishing a network of Communities of Practice for anyone interested in improving health and social care. The Network brings together service users, academics, researchers, professionals and service provider staff from all sectors to share knowledge and experiences and develop new practice. The regional initiative which began in Yorkshire & the Humber now also hosts communities with national and international interests.
The School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds has Service User and Carer Community who are actively engaged in the selection and education of mental health nurses and social work students and research studies. Having been informed by discussions with the above organisations, an early draft of the proposal was presented to the Involvement Advisory Group for their thoughts and input. A member of this group, Annie Dransfield will be a speaker at the first seminar.
Comensus (Community Engagement Service User Support) involves service users and carers and the wider community in scholarly activity at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Comensus emerged from a participatory action research process and has been developed to embed the voices and experiences of service users and carers within health and social care practice. Democratised ways of working and relating are central to our ethos and practice.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works.
We are a leading improvement support agency and an independent charity working with adults’, families’ and children’s care and support services across the UK. We also work closely with related services such as health care and housing.
The School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield believes the involvement of a wide range of people experienced in health and social care is of great value to the education of its students. Their stories and history of experiences can help students to understand the needs and expectations of the individuals they will be working with. This also enables them to develop the right values, knowledge and attitudes to support their client group, ultimately putting the person at the centre of care.