Huddles

Gloucestershire

The NCCH collaborated on a Huddle in Gloucestershire which culminated in a co-produced event 'A Heart Shaped Place' on 16 July 2022 hosted by the Forest Voluntary Action Forum and delivered in partnership with Barnwood Trust. The event marked the conclusion of a research and scoping project exploring setting up a new co-produced mental health service in the Forest of Dean.

The NCCH resourced a part-time Events Assistant, who was a young person with their own lived experience, and a Visual Evaluator (Sharon Harvey) and young filmmaker (Nia Penny-Smith) to document learning from the day. The event aimed to showcase exist community projects and look at ways of integrating these assets into the new proposed co-produced mental health service with NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS). The documentation created by the evaluator and the filmmaker will be shared with commissioners. The film can be viewed here >>

Visual illustration of 'A Heart Shaped Place' Event by Sharon Harvey
Visual illustration of 'A Heart Shaped Place' Event by Sharon Harvey

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

The NCCH is currently partnering with Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System to work closely with a group of young people and their parents and carers to explore co-production and co-produced outcomes that can support other young people accessing BeeU services (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services), part of the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

A creative facilitator is working with a group of young people who have used BeeU’s services to explore ideas and suggestions that will ultimately provide a better experience for other young people accessing services. This includes things like exploring thoughts around the community outpatient building environment, or ideas on how to engage more young people in providing feedback on their experience of using services.

Hear my Voice! Poster
Hear my Voice! Poster

South West Yorkshire

In Spring 2023 the NCCH worked with South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWYFT) to co-produce better and more efficient referral routes to external projects and activities through the delivery of two sessions bringing together health visitors, peer support workers, health professionals, creative practitioners, and people with lived experience.

The aim of the sessions, which was led by a creative facilitator (Robyn Dowlen), was to bring stakeholders together in a space outside of their usual NHS workplace to look at co-producing referral routes, each bringing their own experience of the referral process and ideas around how it could be improved. This Huddle was initiated as a result of long referral processes meaning people using peri-natal mental health services at the Trust had missed out on participating in external projects and activities.

Peri-natal mental health services at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Peri-natal mental health services at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex

NCCH worked with East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, Cohere Arts & Connect for Health, Ipswich & East Suffolk Alliance, Suffolk Artlink, the Food Museum and Suffolk County Council to host a half a day multidisciplinary event on 11 July 2023 entitled Just the Tonic! The hands-on discovery collaborative session brought together people with lived experience of Long Covid, clinical staff, and cultural practitioners, to explore the gaps that exist in current service provision and to look at what might be developed to fill these gaps to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those who have experience of Long Covid, or those who have experienced isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

Creative Facilitator (Yasmin Khan of Covalent Creatives) designed and delivered a bespoke event format, theme, and appraisal framework, and 15 participants were invited to let their imagination run free and have their voice heard by creating tonic vessels that embodied their personal stories and hopes related to Long Covid. The tonic vessels were filled and labelled with personalised messages, which playfully encapsulates priority needs, hopes, and desired mental health solutions from the participants who attended on the day. A live illustrator (Simon Wild), was also commissioned to capture colourful visual notes during the event.

Following the session, a 3D showcase of the creative outputs were showcased at Endeavour House, Suffolk County Council, from 19 July - 9 August 2023. The showcase was open to the public and the Council's Health & Wellbeing Board also viewed the showcase.

Showcase of the creative outputs of Just the Tonic
Showcase of the creative outputs of Just the Tonic