Place Category: Health & Social Care
Midlands Psychology offers tried and tested mental health and support services which are values-based and benefit from a strong focus on local services and partnerships with service users.
Through the social enterprise model, we are able to take an efficient, cost effective and flexible approach to delivering services, whilst retaining the values and principles of providing a public service. Our profits are re-invested for the benefits of our service users.
We are an independent group with a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise from decades of high level work in Health, Education and Social Care. We also have a long and successful track record of working with service users to develop services and facilities that offer improved choice, greater diversity and a genuine focus on them and the communities in which they live.
As a social enterprise, we have a big commitment to localism – that means having local providers for goods and services, creating jobs within the community and reinvesting surplus moneys in ways that benefit local people.
Our core business is improving the psychological health and emotional well-being of those with whom we work and, by doing so, contribute to the development of healthier communities. We offer a range of assessment, therapeutic and support services to meet the needs of children, young people and adults.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Midlands-Psychology.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated March 2017
1) Providing services to support children and young people
We have increased the range of group interventions within our autism service, provided following requests from our service users to include workshops on exam stress and social stories and we continue to meet the demand of a service covering age ranges 0 to 18 years. We have also introduced a monthly psychiatry clinic for review of medication.
In May 2015 we presented at the 'Living Well with Autism' National conference where we were able to increase our professional network around sharing good practice in autism.
In April 2015 we were awarded the ten 19 contract again with Staffordshire County Council following a very successful previous 3 year contract. We continue to provide emotional and mental well-being support for children and young people who are involved in the Youth Justice System or at risk of entering the Criminal Justice system. Working closely with these vulnerable young people and their families helps prevent re-offending behaviour and strengthens the relationship between young people and their parents.
Our supported living service has continued to develop, increasing the capacity to provide courses aimed at developing life skills for young people with autism and/or learning disabilities to live as independently as possible in a supported living environment. We now have 4 young people that have moved into their own home after completing the courses and are being supported by support workers from Midlands psychology to live healthy and meaningful lives. We also now have 8 new young people (and growing) working on completing the courses ready to move into their own accommodation during 2017.
We have taken on a lease in Stafford and invested in the planning and refurbishment of this property to allow us to deliver a 'looked after service' for 4 young people who have autism or learning disabilities in Staffordshire. This service is now being established and will be ready to accept young people towards the end of 2017.
We continue to provide psychological services to looked after children living in 8 residential and step down homes in Birmingham, providing one to one support and staff training from Clinical and Assistant Psychologists. We also continue to provide psychological input for Dudley's Intensive Fostering Programme where we have assisted them in gaining national accreditation for their service.
Our paediatric psychology provision for children with severe feeding disorders has become renowned throughout the UK with many Clinical Commissioning Groups accessing this service for their patients who have been unable to receive successful treatments elsewhere. This service is proud of its 100% success rate, seeing families and delivering bespoke treatment programmes in a home/community based environment.
2) Measures of support provided
The autism service has delivered a total of over 1,580 assessments, individual and group interventions throughout the last 12 months. We have increased the locality clinics to enable us to see even more families closer to their home, with clinics now being held in local GP surgeries.
The supported living service provides support and courses to 12 young people within Staffordshire. These 12 young people are now either being supported to live independently as possible or working towards that goal, making a huge difference to their lives, living and working in their local community and being part of that community. The parents of these families are now secure in the knowledge that their young person is safe and supported moving on in the future, should they not be around to care for them.
We currently provide psychological support to approx 30 young people plus their staff through the residential and step down homes. Many of these young people have been in the care system for years and one to psychological support is vital to their mental health and emotional well-being both now and for their future. Making a difference really matters.
During the past twelve months the paediatric feeding service has seen 2 families throughout the UK, of which many young children are or going to be, tube fed with huge cost implications to the NHS. The average cost per child, per annum, to maintain a child on a gastrostomy PEG is estimated at £8,000; however, the total cost of treating these children seems to be in excess of £28,000 when total staffing time and admissions to hospital for complications is considered. This does not include the costs for the placement of the tube in the first instance.
Although for many of these children the tube is an essential lifeline, for many others the placement of the tube is a transient necessity, which with expert guidance, may be possible to limit the duration or even eliminate its need althogether (Williams et al., 2007). In addition to these high costs, these chidlren often miss out on meeting their developmental milestones irrespective of their cognitive capacity (Byron, 2011). A child that does not eat obviously does not engage in mealtimes with their family. Potentially, these children miss out on a variety of vicarious learning opportunities, which further exacerbates their dependence on their tubes.
The Ten 19 service have received 57 referrals and completed 667 consultation with young people and their youth offending workers. Training was delivered to 3 separate Youth Offending teams on 3 separate occasions, providing training and CPD to 73 staff in total. This service covers South Staffordshire and Newcastle.
96% of income has been used in support/delivery of social purposes.
3) Improving emotional well-being and mental health of young offenders
The required outcomes for the Ten 19 service is to improve the emotional well-being and mental health of young people receiving a service from the Staffordshire Youth Offending Service (SYOS) and to support the key objectives of SYOS of reducing re-offending. Young people are noted to be continuing to make improvements in their lives while engaging with Ten-19. These improvements can include securing employment, accessing education, decreasing their substance use, improving family relationships, improving their attendance at professional appointments, or securing accommodation and moving to independent living. Specific examples include:
* J was closed due to completion of targets and reported to be getting on much better with parents and brothers despite being in care. The original offence was committed against Dad.
* H achieved full time education after being excluded and reduced their substance use.
*C reported by Case Manager to be thinking more positively and seeing his engagement with Ten 19 as a 'breakthrough'.
*R mum has commented that Ten 19 have been very helpful with her son in reducing his aggression, and she was requesting that intervention continue beyond the end of his order. There have been no other incidents of violence since the commencement of his work with Ten 19.
*J has committed no further offences beyond the commencement of his intervention with Ten 19.
*K secured a place with Duke of Edinburgh.
An example of some of the work done by the autism service would be in March 2016, when we delivered a workshop for grandparents in conjuction with SEND family partnership. The workshop was attended by 14 grandparents of families with autism or special needs and was evaluated using a self report valuation form.
*Grandparents felt they understood about their grandchild's needs following the event:
- 'a lot more' 71%
- 'a little more' 29%
- 'no change' 0%
- 100% of attendees felt more knowledgeable and confident following the event
- 100% of attendees felt they benefited from meeting other grandparents(with similar experiences)
- 100% of attendees knew where to go for support in future
- 100% of attendees flet they had learned new skills that they could put into practice
We also delivered a feeding workshop and this was also evaluated with comments. Parents were asked, 'What went well?' Parents felt more confident in managing children's feeding problems as they felt more empowered:
- 'I feel that this helps to empower parents'
- 'It helped me feel confident'
Parents confirmed that these workshops had been very useful:
- 'I really enjoyed it and found it helpful'
- 'These workshops have been extremely helpful'
- 'We need these workshops to continue because us the parents need this support'