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Clinicians at a trust in the South West have developed a new workbook designed to help people with learning disabilities who experience psychosis.
The group has developed a set of resources to help clinicians working with people who experience psychosis and who also have a learning disability or other communication needs.
“It’s great that the resources are being used and that they are helping people”
The move came after the team, from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, found there was very little information about psychosis available for those with learning disabilities.
The new resources, including a 180-page workbook and over 350 illustrated sorting cards, have been developed with input from service users, and are written in accessible language and use cartoons.
They were designed to help service users talk about their experiences and understand more about psychosis, with the aim of developing a ‘staying well plan’ specific to their needs, the trust noted.
It highlighted that the team had so far received more than 100 requests for the resources from other mental health services across the country.
The resources are available for free to all NHS clinicians and can be accessed from the Avon and Wiltshire Health Partnership website. However, it noted they were only available upon request.
They are free to all NHS organisations, but the trust said it would welcome a donation to its charity, Headlight, from any other organisations which would like to use them.
Dr Amy Canning, clinical psychologist with the trust’s forensic, intellectual, neuropsychiatric and development disorders team, said: “We have worked closely with service users and other clinicians to ensure the resources meet their needs and we are delighted that the workbook is now available.
“We’ve already received quite a few requests for the resources, including from as far away as Italy, and we have had positive feedback from the service users and clinicians who have used them so far.
“It’s great that the resources are being used and that they are helping people,” she added.
Dr Hannah Toogood, consultant in learning disability psychiatry, said: “We believe that everyone should have access to health information in a way that works for them.
“We hope that this resource will help empower people to ask questions, and to be as involved as they wish in making plans for managing their mental health difficulties.”
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath, Bristol and parts of Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.