Mental Health Social Brokerage and Social Advocacy
The Pod works with adults living with severe and/or enduring mental ill-health (bipolar, psychosis, schizophrenia), achieving outcomes through one-to-one appointments with clear time-bound goals and milestones with a focus on outcomes.
The Pod uses an asset-based, solution-focused model rooted within personalisation to enable connections, nurture aspiration and build resilience. Provoking individuals to step outside their comfort zones, reimagine their lives and move away from the subculture of services into mainstream society.
The Pod works with citizens of Coventry on a referral basis from Care Programme Approach (CPA) Care Coordinators within Coventry Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) as well as from the Crisis and Home Treatment Team as a part of the Social Interventions Collective (SICol). Playing a critical role in the integrated pathway to ensure that people transition from service user or patient to citizen.
This human-centred approach focuses on opportunity for change by redefining relationships with self-perspective, community and risk. Using an asset-based, solution-focused model rooted within to enable connections, nurture aspiration and build resilience. Provoking individuals to step outside their comfort zones, reimagine their lives and move away from the subculture of services into mainstream society. Social Brokerage reframes what should be expected of a mental health services with its focus on the city at large, people, assets and outcomes – being part of something bigger.
A rights-based approach enabling Citizens to recognise and address inequity within society. Seeking to challenge power imbalance and provoke different and crucial conversations. Mobilising relevant key agencies and professionals. This approach ensures roles and responsibilities are clear and time framed, so that decision-making processes are inclusive and transparent and if necessary, asserting the need for fast track access, ensuring the citizen remains central to discussions and decisions.
Nobody's life is a straight line, like society, it’s dynamic. The push and pull relates as much to our passions as they do to the pressures placed upon us by society. In that sense, the human perspectives and strategies tested through Social Advocacy and Social Brokerage can be used to navigate life. Using Statutory Assessments as a framework for dialogue to enhance understanding and outcomes for the citizen.
Not on services but instead:
- Social activism
- Social mobilisation
- Social brokerage
Not on care but instead:
- Connectivity – Bringing people, skills, neighbourhoods together (working without boundaries)
- Cultivation – Recognising that everyone has something to offer (promoting personal and social growth)
- Change - Enabling people to thrive (bringing value to a variety of ways of doing things)
Integrated Practice Units
Our Personalisation and Recovery pathway is multi-faceted and incorporates Foundation Assessments including Strengths And Needs Assessment, which creates focused time to enhance and realise CPA Care Plans. The investment offered is solution-focused, personalised and responsive. The Pod's approach aims to optimize a citizen’s connectivity to and inclusion in their community and thus build sustainable social networks and relationships. As an outcome of our personalised and collaborative practice and our grassroots neighbourhood based work, we create sustainable bridges to universal and purposeful opportunities or employment. The Pod utilize Social Brokerage skills to act as a catalyst for people to research, appraise, cost and determine new opportunities and then complete Direct Payment applications when and where relevant. All of the above has been proven to reduce people's dependency on, or revolving usage of, both secondary mental health and specialist health and social care commissioned services by building resilience.
- Conversation - Discussion between individual and their Care Programme Approach (CPA) Care Coordinator.
- Action - Referral form completed by Care Coordinator and sent to Pod along with up-to-date Risk Assessment, CPA care plan, covering letter and confirmation of eligibility.
- Response - Development Worker allocated to individual.
First planning meeting at The Pod - Social Brokerage and Development Worker relationship explained in greater detail. Individual, Care Coordinator and Development Worker must be present to discuss desired outcomes and reason for referral.
The development worker's relationship with the individual continues over a series of meetings on an appointment basis, over a fixed timeframe.
The Care Coordinator is involved throughout the length of time that the Pod works with a person and may need to attend milestone meetings and support Direct Payment applications.
SICol – a collaboration between the Home Treatment Team, Axholme Services and The Pod
SICol was awarded funds from The Midlands Crisis Alternatives Transformation Funding (NHS England) to increase the capacity and diversity of services in the local crisis pathway. This followed on from and supported the successful pilot that had been operational for a number of months to address new ways of supporting adults in distress to achieve robust outcomes. The collective approach to the work undertaken extends beyond the usual service boundaries with the most appropriate professional allocated to work with an individual. The emphasis on combined professional leadership with social advocacy and support led to recruitment to three new and critical positions. SICol is in the process of forming an alliance with the AMHP Service and Inpatient Services to address inequalities to reduce the disproportionate detention of black males.
Education, advocacy and activism
The Pod has a dedicated Development Worker/Social Advocate, who sits both within The Pod and Coventry Universities Student Union. Funded by NHS Charities Together and sitting within the subregional Community Connections programme. Working with people aged 18-25 who either are or would like to be in education whose learning trajectory has been impacted by Covid or the legacy of the pandemic and meet our wider criteria. Using Social Brokerage and Social Advocacy as a means of achieving outcomes allowing Care Coordinators to reframe how they view young people on their caseloads and education. This has provoked a deeper relationship with Coventry University, Coventry University Student Union and their associates.
The Pod Team are contactable from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4pm on Friday.Address: The Pod
31 Far Gosford Street