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Mental Health & Homelessness
21 June 9.30am-4pm
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Session 1: Mental health and homelessness: An Overview
A practice guide for non-mental health practitioners working in the field of homelessness. The guide sets out to assist practitioners and workers in the field to be better prepared and more confident in their ability to be to help homeless people with mental health issues and access the most appropriate service for this client group.
Peter Melvin RMN, BSc(Hons), Dip HE, QN
Peter is a mental health nurse specialist practitioner working with homeless people with mental health difficulties in the city of Chester. Employed by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Peter is based in St Werburgh’s Medical Practice for the Homeless.
Session 2: Homelessness and Mental Health in the Inner City
A brief history about how homeless services have developed in Manchester over the past 20 years. This session also provided a discussion of the challenges in delivering mental health services to homeless people and how the services has attempted to address these in partnership with other agencies. The second part of the presentation looked at how people may end up in a homeless situation and discussed how mental health and environment may impact on function, before it explored how an understanding of this may assist the practitioner and the client to move to a more stable environment.
Barbara has worked within Homelessness and Mental Health for 20 yrs. Funded by Crisis, in 1992 she left the N.H.S. to work in the Independent sector as one of the first Mental Health Outreach Workers for the Homeless in the country. This was expanded over the next few years and in 1997 she helped establish the Counted in Manchesters Rough Sleepers Organisation where she was the Team Leader for the Mental Health Workers. In 2001 she returned to Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and the Homeless Mental Health Team where she has remained Team Leader for the past 6 years.
My title is Occupational Therapist (BSc Hons). I have been qualified since 1996 and have worked in Community Mental Health Teams in Central Manchester from 1997-2007. I have worked in the Homeless Mental Health Team in Manchester from 2007 until now. In 2001, I completed Post Graduate Diploma for CBT with Individuals and Families with Psychosis (University of Manchester).
Session3: Inter-agency working to prevent homelessness on discharge from hospital
This presentation explained how the team developed Wigan borough's Hospital Discharge Protocol (which sits within a Greater Manchester framework) and how their homelessness services link with the mental health wards of our local hospitals. It also explored how rough sleepers service deals with clients who have mental health issues and the new service they are setting up to integrate access to support services and accommodation so that clients only have to go through one point of contact.
Helen is a qualified housing professional with over 20 years' experience spanning every tenure, from statutory to commercial to voluntary sector, and covering a range of specialisms including: homelessness, allocations, community engagement, leasehold management, neighbourhood regeneration, policy and estate management. All of her work has been based in the northwest, but she has worked in some of the region's most deprived and challenging areas. In the current climate of funding squeezes to services and restricted access to benefits and public housing, it's more important than ever that homelessness is understood in the context of wider social issues and accommodation alone cannot be the cure.
Session 4: Working with Foreign National Prisoners - understanding their needs
This presentation discussed the turnover of prisoners (foreign nationals) through HMP Manchester, Mental health issues encountered and the difficulties this presents with regards to homelessness/housing. It also talked about strategies developed to overcome these difficulties and communication with outside agencies.
Andrew Platt MBE
Andrew has been a Prison Officer for 19 years this November. He has worked in many fields within the prison service and on secondment to a national charity, with recent work including the writing a Prison Induction package (Butler Trust Award Finalist 2005). He also helped set up the Offender Management Unit 2007 and is the full time Foreign Nationals Officer looking after over 150 FNP's. In January 2009 he was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty for my voluntary work in the community and for services to HMP Manchester.
Session 5: Homelessness and Mental Health: A Community Mental Health Team Perspective
This presentation provided an overview of how CMHTs address homelessness issues, demonstrate how the CPA framework and safe guarding policy supports the CMH, and offered a vision for the future post C.S.R.
Deborah is the Interim Team Manager of the Community Mental Health Team the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
Mike is the Recovery and Rehabilitation Manager North for the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. In addition, he also Manages the Homeless Team and the Substance and Alcohol Services.