1. Equally Fit

The Mental Health team partnered with Support in Mind Scotland and Bipolar Scotland on Equally Fit, a programme to promote physical health in mental health patients. This built on the Equally Fit: Charter of Rights and Actions for Change in planning a national strategy in:

"Ending the health inequalities experienced by people with serious mental illness to improve physical health, and to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives"

2. Going Beyond Harm

The Mental Health Team and Carers Trust Scotland are co-hosting a series of Going Beyond Harm carers (including the Triangle of Care) events which have taken place in Glasgow (August 2016), Oban (June 2017), Dingwall (September 2017), Perth (October 2017) with a future one taking place in Galashiels (February 2018) The aim of these events is to gather carers’ and professional views (including those from remote and rural areas) on how to improve safety for service users, staff and carers within mental health services.

Carers Trust Scotland values its partnership with the mental health portfolio, in particular the joint promotion of Triangle of Care: Best Practice Guide for Engaging with Carers within mental health services across Scotland. This has resulted in ongoing improvements in identifying and supporting unpaid carers of people experiencing mental health issues." Karen Martin | Mental Health Development Coordinator (Scotland)

3. Patient Safety Climate Tool

With service users leading its development (and the SPSP-MH team facilitating) the patient safety climate tool ensures that service users and carers are at the centre of their own care, and are able to highlight areas of positive care and where care requires improvement. It also provides a structure so that service users’ experiences can be recorded and used to bring about improvements for themselves and others.

The Patient Safety Climate Tool gives patients the chance to express their feelings and concerns about their safety while on a ward. This information allows services to make any improvements needed resulting in a better patient experience of hospital care." Gordon Johnston | Public Partner, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

4. Human Rights Based Approach

Working with partners such as the Mental Welfare Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission to promote a human rights based approach in the delivery of mental health services with users. Everything that the programme supports or promotes is delivered within the context of supporting rights inclusion and recovery.