The Schizophrenia Commission - Innovation Network
Making a difference
Following the publication of the Schizophrenia Commission report The Abandoned Illness, Rethink Mental Illness made a commitment to take forward the recommendations it made. We formed the Innovation Network, a leading group of mental health care providers, committed to working collaboratively and bringing about change within their settings whilst involving people who use services in all levels of decision making.
We have been proud to be part of this progress over the past few years. These providers have gone above and beyond to support each other, to share resources, and to add value to their interventions. Below you will find the links to download the reports of our three interventions; collaborative care planning, peer support and smoking cessation.
People are still spending longer than they need to in secure care settings. This is restrictive for the individual involved, and costly for the system. The pilots described within this report aim to change the care planning and risk assessment process within secure services, to be led by the individual using the service. Across the pilot sites, we have seen positive results; staff members talk about collaboration, and individuals using services speak about empowerment.
Click here to download our collaborative care planning report.
Individuals with lived experience talk about the difference that support from others makes, and the pilots described within this report aim to implement a formalised system of peer support within secure settings. Across the pilot sites, we have seen positive results; peer support workers talk about feeling trusted by staff members, other individuals talk about the encouragement they have been given to gain a support role.
Click here to download our peer support report.
People with mental illness still die 15 to 20 years earlier than the general population. One of the contributing factors to this disparity is related to the high rate of smoking among people with a mental illness. The pilots described in this report aimed to integrate smoking cessation support within existing mental health care settings. Across the pilot sites we have seen positive results. We’ve heard about close working between staff members, people who use services and their carers.
Click here to download our smoking cessation report.
For more information on the Innovation Network, or to find out about joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to get involved you can also keep up-to-date with the Innovation Network’s progress through this page and the @rethink_IN Twitter account
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