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Our social mission is to build resilient communities in which people with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are accepted, supported and equipped with skills to deal with the challenges they face.
We do this by delivering accessible, recovery-orientated services.
The organisation runs the Step 2 IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) in Salford as well as a range of projects that are targeted at marginalised groups.
Six Degrees also provides training and consultation services, based on the principles of collaborative care. These interventions have been shown to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
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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 are asked to respond to a set of social impact questions, which are designed to help them think about the social impact they create, and to articulate this clearly and succinctly.
Updated December 2019
1) What social differences and changes have you aimed to create (or supported)?
Our focus this year has been on Dementia Care and Suicide Bereavement.
2) What actions have you taken to address the above social aims?
We run our communication skills training courses for family carers of people with dementia Empowered Conversations across Greater Manchester. The course has been developed with the Institute of Dementia at the University of Salford and is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund. It has been augmented by a new web-based support programme for family carers called Empowered Carers which is being piloting within Salford with the support of Salford Clinical Commissioning Group. This programme is targeted at carers who provide intensive support for people living with dementia in their own homes and is modelled on the successful New York University Caregiver Intervention.
Six Degrees is hosting a suicide bereavement project commissioned by The Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership. The aim of this ten borough initiative is to develop a co-ordinated GM suicide bereavement pathway with advice and information about the services that are available for people bereaved and affected by suicide.
3) What has changed and what benefits have been realised as a result of your actions?
- Our suicide bereavement project is engaging with the ten suicide prevention partnerships in Greater Manchester to enhance the provision of support to those affected by suicide across the region.
- We supported a training initiative on service user engagement that was hosted by the North West Clinical Senate.
- We have engaged with family carers and people with dementia as part of the extensive Research and development programme in dementia care.
4) How do you and other people know your aims are being achieved? Or how will you know?
The process must improve the patient’s wellbeing when compared to current methods. Waiting time for patients must be significantly reduced, thus they must be provided with care measurably faster thereby substantially improving efficiency over existing processes.
The below questions are not mandatory, but Mark holders are encouraged to answer them where possible, to provide a fuller account of their social outcomes and the social value they create.
5) How many people have benefitted from your actions?
In the year up to March 2019 our Salford - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service received in excess of 10,000 referrals. 54% of the people seen reached recovery using validated measures which is 4% above the national KPI target of 50%.
6) What examples can you provide of a typical service user experience, that helps illustrate the benefits they have experienced as a result of your actions?
Service User Feedback:
"I came to six degrees suffering from panic attacks and anxiety being unable to do regular daily tasking. Talking about it with my therapist made me feel so good since I did not share my story with anyone. I was able to talk without being judged. I am now able to relax and simply feel good thanks to the tools that I got there. I am ever so thankful to my therapist."
"I would recommend Six Degrees to everybody it made me realise that actually everybody goes through hard times at some point or other in life. The therapist was really lovely and helpful."
"I was really struggling with my mental health during a particularly turbulent time in my life. I was able to access a service through my GP and found this to be both helpful and necessary to avoid going down the medication route. My counsellor was amazing and supportive. I initially wanted an answer and felt completely off kilter when he didn’t give me one on day one! To be fair, it was obvious that the answer was in me and spending time practising mindfulness and considering my behaviours helped me to get back on the right path for me."
7) What additional social benefits have you been able to deliver within your core services that distinguish you from other “for shareholder profit” providers?
We used our trading surpluses to invest in dementia care research and development, support education about perinatal mental health and provide assistance to local voluntary groups such as the Turjaman Group for Asian women in Lower Broughton.
8) What other social benefits have you contributed that go beyond your core delivery activities (ones that are completely unrelated to your main services)?
- Alsawy, S., Tai, S., McEvoy, P., & Mansell, W. (2019). ‘It’s nice to think somebody’s listening to me instead of saying “oh shut up”’. People with dementia reflect on what makes communication good and meaningful. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing
- Chatwin, J., & McEvoy, P. (2019). Conversation Analysis (CA) as a tool for exploring interaction in an online video-conferencing based support service. Journal of Enabling Technologies
- Ennis, L., Mansell, W., McEvoy, P., & Tai, S. (2019). A systematic scoping review and synthesis of dementia and communication theory. Dementia, 18(6), 2261-2281
- Grzegrzolka, J., McEvoy, P., & Mansell, W. (2019). Use of the Method of Levels Therapy as a Low-Intensity Intervention to Work with People Experiencing Sleep Difficulties. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 33(2), 140-156
9) What social and environmental benefits have you created from internal operational policies and actions?
Committed to the Real Living Wage.