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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Nearly 40% of NHS staff have reported feeling unwell as a result of stress (NHS Staff Survey).
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based programme designed to help individuals to prevent, identify and tackle stress and mental health problems.
Overview of Innovation:
NHS staff are more likely than the rest of the working population to become patients, increasing demands on the system they work in (King's Fund).

Altruist Enterprises are experienced in providing training to help organisations to prevent, identify and tackle stress within organisations.

Since forming in 2013, we have grown from 1 trainer to 3 members of staff and 10 contracted trainers delivering courses nationally with notable customers including Birmingham Children's Hospital, Solihull Council and WMAHSN.

We currently offer the following main courses to the NHS:

Resilience Training - A 3 hour course which helps employees to manage stress and build resilience in an everchanging work environment using proactive approaches.

“I learnt how to recognise situations in my daily working and home life that I can work on to reduce my personal stress and build my resilience. We were taken through a process which allowed us to challenge our negative thoughts and look at things from a different perspective. A very helpful course”.Federica Merella, Consultant Anaesthetist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Mental Health First Aid Lite - A 3 hour evidence based mental health awareness course accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

“We learnt about some of the main mental health problems, how to support others who may be experiencing issues and also discussed ways to support our own well-being. The course was very thought provoking”.Sophia Nasreisfahany, Solihull Council

Adult Mental Health First Aid - A 2 day evidence based indepth mental health awareness course accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

"This 2 day training delivered by Altruist was one of the most fulfilling training courses I have attended. Having worked in the NHS for 17 years and managing staff for 13 of those I found this course enlightening. It compounded how mental health affects us all no matter what your background is. It also really tackled the stigma of using the words “mental health”. Practical advice, tips and scenarios were used to give us a toolbox of strategies to help staff. On reflection of my own career I now realise I have been in this position many times and now I feel more empowered and equipped to deal with these sensitive situations". Helen Hunt, WMAHSN

We measure outcomes including increases in knowledge and personal confidence in supporting others. We can also measure reduction in absenteeism and recently helped a local charity reduce absence by 25%.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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Overview of Innovation:
Mismanagement of stress is costing UK businesses £30 billion per year with 31% of employees experiencing a mental health problem whilst in employment.

Altruist provide training to help organisations:
- Prevent problems through building resilience
- Identify the early signs of stress and mental health problems
- Support staff and manage situations more effectively

We currently work with over 60 organisations with notable customers including Natwest, Solihull Council and Birmingham Children's Hospital.
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
The bespoke training programme aims to increase mental health awareness and increase skills in identifying and managing mental health crisis with emphases to referral pathways that can be applied in operational practice by frontline professionals.
 
Overview of Innovation:
Rapid, Assessment, Interface and Discharge Plus takes a more localised training approach and has identified priority front line services that frequently coming into contact with those suffering from mental illness and potentially at risk of crisis i.e. Police officers and Community healthcare professionals who are working with individuals with both physical and mental health difficulties.

The training aims to increase knowledge and understanding of mental illnesses as well as support early referral and appropriate management of individuals who are experiencing deterioration in their mental health. The overall aim is to build confidence and competence in front line professionals and generate a supportive and informed approach when working with those in mental health distress.

The training modules are as follows:
  • Understanding mental illness: Signs and Symptoms of mental health
  • Effective de-escalation and communication skills
  • Understanding Mental Health Act (1983) and Mental Capacity Act (2005)
  • Crisis Prevention and Management (including risk assessment of suicide and self-harm)
  • Dementia
The training package offers provision to tailor elements of the content to suit the locality’s policy and services available, should organisations wish to implement the  training. For example, the 'Crisis Prevention and Management' module explores referral pathways and services available within Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust. These could be easily amended to reflect the organisations services to ensure the training maintains its bespoke, localised approach. The training can be customised but would generally take a full day to cover all modules.

This allows for local frontline professionals that come in contact with mental health patients to be able to identify and prevent patients going into crisis by referring patients to access appropriate mental health support in a timely manner.

The training is delivered by a registered mental health professional to ensure that the full potential of learning amongst participants is achieved. The experience and understanding of such an individual will aid questions posed throughout the training and allows them to draw to from previous experiences/scenarios from real life mental health practice within the delivery.
 
Stage of Development:
Close to market - Prototype near completion and final form may require additional validation/evaluation and all CE marking and regulatory requirements are in place
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Education, training and future workforce / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
National directives indicate that, in general, the public should have a baseline knowledge and understanding of mental illness (Public Health England, NHS Five Year Forward View). It is nationally acknowledged that many patients with long term physical health care conditions have a diagnosed mental health issue (NHSE FYFV). Due to limited training and data sharing the co-ordination of care for these patients is often fragmented (Crisis Concordat, 2015). This may result in patients experiencing mental health crisis and entering the urgent care pathway unexpectedly. This causes pressure on urgent care services and could also impact the patient experience.

Our vision is to help develop a community healthcare workforce that is fully trained in mental health, with access to the right tools and pathways to support patients suffering with mental health issues. This will ensure that patients with comorbid conditions are positively supported to access the right care, at the right time in the right place. The better management of the mental health care can have a positive impact to patients' care as well as possibly avoiding their mental health deteriorating further.

In 2015 the Mental Health Network Confederation highlighted; "the police and mental health providers need to understand each other’s legal powers, roles and responsibilities "to manage /reduce the risks associated with mental health crisis". Additionally, the police often come in contact with people experiencing mental health distress and usually have to manage difficult and complex situations. Training is needed to equip them to recognise and assist when someone has a mental health issue or learning/intellectual disability. This is in line with the College of Policing requirements for mental health awareness training within the police force.

The police are frequently in contact with people suffering from mental health problems, so to be able to identify these symptoms and be able to direct them to right pathway in a timely manner is a huge benefit as it can save the person further unnecessary complications and faster access to help. The police would also benefit by being able to correctly manage people undergoing mental health distress when responding to mental health-related incidents. They will be able to acquire practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues and be able to confidently step in, reassure and support a person in distress.
  
 
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Benefit to WM population:
Within the West Midlands 20-40% of police time is dedicated to those experiencing mental health difficulties. Therefore, the ability to identify symptoms and signs of mental health distress and be able to refer patients to the appropriate pathways ensures a better and efficient system. The training helps police develop skills to manage those with mental health illness/facing mental health crisis and saves time and resources. The training will cover the Mental Health Legislation and Mental Capacity Act which aligns with the College of Policing training requirement for the West Midlands Police.

By training the Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust staff, this supports staff being able to ensure the patients with long terms conditions that have signs of mental health issues are supported to access the right care in a timely manner. Having an understanding of the mental health support pathways and services for patients avoids patients experiencing mental health crisis by early intervention and reduces unplanned emergency visits to the urgent care system.

There is wider scope however for target audiences and suggestions to be considered for future delivery of the training include:
  • Wider community and health care teams within Birmingham/ Solihull
  • Schools, universities and colleges
  • Ambulance services
  • Fire Services
  • Workplace learning and team building
Current and planned activity: 
To date, the RAIDPlus training package has been created and delivered by the mental health trainer who is a registered mental health nurse with a number of years’ experience within acute mental health. The training was delivered to 1600 staff across the West Midlands Police and 150 Birmingham Community Healthcare staff.  

The police training was tailored and aligned to the learning objectives of West Midlands Police. This is in connection to the College of Policing requirements and Authorised Professional Practice for mental health within the police force. The community trust training was tailored to meet the learning needs of staff to capture the referral pathways and crisis prevention elements relevant to their services. Overall, the training was positively received by staff and early outcomes suggest improved capacity to provide supporting interventions to reduce the risk of crisis.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
BSMHFT is the provider of this training package.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
We facilitate difficult conversations about extremism via engaging, practical training - sharing knowledge & evidenced case studies/our short films of former extremists to build capacity for prevention & intervention as part of safeguarding at work
Overview of Innovation:
Training: Safeguarding Against Violent Extremism in Healthcare

For those working with young or vulnerable people, the impact of violent extremism and radicalisation is an increasingly urgent element of standard safeguarding. This is particularly sensitive for those working within the health sector (eg mental health/young people), a forefront of safeguarding – both prevention & intervention – where client trust and confidence is paramount. Developed through engagement with health staff with a range of roles, our trainer led course is tailored to organisational requirements, and designed to build the confidence & capacity of frontline staff as well as senior management & policy officers whose roles are different but equally crucial to the prevention of all forms of violent extremism.

ConnectFutures have met, interacted with and understood the motives and drivers of hundreds of individuals impacted by violent extremist recruitment. This includes many who have committed acts of terror. Therefore, our presentations are academically and evidentially supported.

We use real case studies, our own films of former violent extremists, candid discussion, and practical group exercises with highly experienced trainers with backgrounds in policing, education, prisons and probation, health, housing and more.

Learning outcomes: Legislation: understanding the law and its implications for your work; Definitions of extremism/violent extremism; Wider history, context and community experiences; Understanding to prevent: recruitment techniques and propaganda; Processes of radicalisation and disengagement - identifying risk and vulnerabilities in individuals; Practical action: talking through real cases, preventing, intervening, signposting, de/escalating; Your organisational policies & their implications

ConnectFutures: Connecting, engaging, changing: bringing people together can be powerful and informative. Yet many organisations miss out on opportunities to understand and learn from the most important source – their staff & the people they serve. We bring people together to build trust & collaboration between organisations and their clients, using research, facilitation and training. Our aim is to improve services and the health and wellbeing of our communities. We address a range of needs & challenges - from diversity & inclusion to extremism & exploitation. We've delivered successfully to a range of clients from local charities and police forces to businesses such as Facebook.

Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Education, training and future workforce
Benefit to NHS:
The NHS serves our communities at their most vulnerable, and ethics, trust and accountability are at its heart. We understand that Prevent can be a sensitive addition to standard safeguarding, with very specific implications for the health sector and the diverse roles within it. Our specialist workshops are designed to be informative, engaging and practical, tailored to the staff participating – whose interactions with patients, the public, colleagues, and organisational policy may differ widely. Addressing extremism and radicalisation can understandably strike mistrust, fear and negativity, and health professionals wish to protect their patients in a context where many have heard negative stories around Prevent. We focus on the ways on which staff can use skills to protect vulnerable people through preventative approaches and proportionate interventions, increasing their knowledge and having confidence in how this translates into practice.

By training staff in a way that increases knowledge but also confidence and practical skills, the statutory duty to prevent violent extremism can be transformed from a tick box exercise to one that staff fully appreciate and engage in with passion. Our training is nuanced & balanced, directly engaging with staff concerns in a safe space. With a better sense of their safeguarding role in relation to violent extremism, we build knowledge in relation to legislation, organisational policy and violent extremism itself, & practical steps that will increase the safety and well-being of both staff, patients and the wider community. The result is a reduction in the potential for unnecessary and damaging Prevent referrals hand in hand with increasing levels of effective safeguarding protecting staff, patients & the public.

Working with ConnectFutures means that both the course material and the quality of delivery are of the highest standard as our team members’ own experience of working in the public sector such as the police and local authority facilitates trust, collaboration and a genuine partnership that understands and respects the needs of NHS staff, patients and our communities.
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Benefit to WM population:
ConnectFutures is a Birmingham-based social enterprise providing insight on matters of social cohesion and justice, specializing in conflict generating issues such as violent extremism, child sexual exploitation and gangs, with a focus on grassroots-led solutions. We are as passionate about our local impact as we are about our international reach. We employ local people who bring a range of skills and previous specialist employment experiences into their roles with our team to support the health and well being of people in the West Midlands and beyond. We work with young people, communities and practitioners against extremism and exploitation, delivering training for a wide range of organisations as well as developing bespoke programmes that increase knowledge, build resilience and engage in fun and creative ways.

Regionally, we work extensively with communities and specifically BAME communities who are affected by sensitive topical areas such as trust and confidence in policing, terrorism and extremism, gangs & grooming, particularly with BAME groups and those experiencing high levels of deprivation and disengagement. We believe this range & depth of experience within the West Midlands & more widely is of mutual benefit to both the NHS and ConnectFutures.

We’ve collaborated with international governments, RAN and other European organisations at the forefront of critical thinking which keeps our work at the forefront of current best practice. This adds to the wider benefits to our region.
Current and planned activity: 
We would like to work alongside the WMAHSN:

1. Mental Health area, particularly the RAIDPlus Integrated Mental Health Urgent Care Test Bed as our courses have an immediate fit with the multi-disciplinary team. Training will be delivered to the MH teams.

2. Via WMAHSNs Meridian Innovation Health Exchange we would like to engage and be a part of the local and regional health ecosystem working as a delivery partner with teams from organisations such as Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust, Joint Commissioning Team - Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Midlands Police who are RAIDplus partner organisations.

If you are a healthcare provider who wishes to build capacity for prevention and intervention as part of safeguarding at work please contact us.
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Ease of scalability: 
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