Mind in Kingston

Practise Hope Project

Mind in Kingston is one of three local Mind charities that is part of the Practise Hope pilot, which will support 30 GP surgeries across Kent, Sussex and Surrey to improve how they support children and young people at risk of suicidal thoughts and self-harm. In addition, the project supports surgery staff to be more resilient and look after their own mental health, so they can support patients better.

The project was called Practise Hope to reflect the need for, and importance of hope for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and self harm.

Mind in Kingston will work 10 surgeries in North-East Surrey and support them to devise an action plan based on patient feedback and experiences. Upon successful completion, they will receive an award based on the PACE Setter programme - which is endorsed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

PACE stands for Patient and Staff Engagement, Accessing services, Clinical best practiceand care, and Educating and Equipping.

The project is delivered in collaboration with Health Education England, Mind (the national charity) and Olly's Future.

Based on a previous pilot which focused on general mental health issues, surgeries saw a marked improvement in patient engagement, better relationships with patients and reduction in need for intervention.

For information, please contact the Practise Hope Project Coordinator Ayesha Masood at ayesha@mindinkingston.org.uk or call her on 020 8255 3939.

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