In October 2014, CYP IAPT Collaboratives were allocated funds by NHS England. Each partnership in Waves 1, 2 and 3 had the opportunity to draw down up to £10, 000 from their Collaborative to deliver a project which would help accelerate service transformation.
Partnerships were invited to submit funding proposals to the Collaborative Executive Group; funds were then allocated to partner members if their proposals met the essential criteria:
- To accelerate service transformation meaningfully and sustainably
- To accelerate service transformation in a way that benefits the whole Collaborative
Eight partnerships across the London and South East Collaborative received funding to deliver the project outlined in their proposal. Hertfordshire were one of the eight partnerships to receive funding. They proposed using the funds to create a specialised LGBTQ training for CAHMS services across the county. The training was delivered over a number of one-day events with more than 50 members of staff attending. Leah Johnson, Young Person’s Participation Coordinator and coordinator for the LGBTQ training, provides a summary of the training below:
LGBTQ Training for Hertfordshire CAMHS Staff
Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust CAMHS submitted a funding bid proposal for a joint project between HPFT Specialist CAMHS clinicians, the HPFT Customer Inclusion and Engagement Team (including the Young Person’s Participation Coordinator) and the HPFT Young People’s Council (which consists of Specialist CAMHS service users and former service users). Working together, this group developed a one-day comprehensive LGBTQ training for Specialist CAMHS staff (working in tier 3 and 4 CAMHS in Hertfordshire).
“A brilliant use of CYP IAPT funding”
The aim of the non-mandatory training was to give specialist CAMHS clinicians the practical tools needed to better support young people and families from the LGBT community. The one day training covers:
- LGBTQ history, definitions and understanding changes in definitions in society
- Difference between transgender and LGB, connections, and understanding of the links between mental health and LGBTQ (including experience of prejudice/discrimination/bullying and the societal discourses about LGBTQ)
- Prejudice and discrimination, and the legal framework around this
- Young people sharing their experience and how they felt this was recognised within the CAMHS service, and what clinicians could do differently
- Talking with the young person’s family on issues of confidentiality/privacy
- Facing own prejudices and the obstacles in the way of talking with young people about sexuality
- When and how to use LGBTQ monitoring
- Use of supervision to take forward the learning
- What questions clinicians need to ask and how to facilitate young people to talk about any bullying, prejudice and discrimination (and when this becomes a legal issue)
- Giving out information, e.g. Herts LGBTQ guide booklet, Use of outcome measures through a LGBTQ lens
In addition to the development and delivery of this training, as part of this project, the Young People’s Council have undertaken a piece of work auditing the environment of the Specialist CAMHS clinics and inpatient unit to rate how welcoming they are in terms of LGBTQ service users and their families. The Young People’s Council have made a number of practical recommendations about how the environment could be altered; these recommendations will be sent to the Specialist CAMHS teams for them to implement the recommended changes.
Feedback from those that attended the training sessions suggests that the training was very well received and considered of a very high quality. The LGBTQ training, made possible by money from the Service Transformation Fund, serves to demonstrate the excellent work happening within the London and South East Learning Collaborative.
Don’t forget to check back for further updates on the Service Transformation Fund projects, as we will be showcasing the work of all the partnerships that received funding.
Read the full training summary document.
The Genderbread Person, featured on this post & used in the summary above is sourced from: itspronouncedmetrosexual.com