Who can access The Pod?
The Pod works with adults diagnosed with severe or enduring mental ill-health (*bi-polar, psychosis, schizophrenia) on a referral basis from a care co-ordinator (social worker/community mental health nurse/occupational therapist) within Coventry Integrated Practice Unit (IPU).
* Nationally around 2.87% of the population has a severe and enduring mental illness; this represents some 1.82 million people
* 2% of the population will have a severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe depression, which needs more intensive, and often continuing, treatment and care during their lifetime (Wing, 1994)
The Pod – referral process
- Discussion between individual and your care programme approach (CPA) care co-ordinator.
- Referral form completed by care co-ordinator and sent to Pod along with up-to-date risk assessment and CPA care plan and covering letter and confirmation of eligibility.
- Development worker allocated to individual.
- First planning meeting at the Pod – Social brokerage and development worker relationship explained. Individual, care co-ordinator and development worker must be present to discuss desired outcomes and reason for referral.
- The development worker relationship with the individual continues over a series of meetings on an appointment basis, over a fixed timeframe.
- The care co-ordinator is involved throughout the length of time that the Pod works with a person and may need to attend reviews and support Direct Payment applications.