"Planning for the future"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a service user),

I feel I have very little say in the preparations for when I leave here, the options seem to be very limited and a bit one size fits all, with little reference to the goals I need to achieve.

I would like to begin to plan for work, volunteering and training opportunities, but I feel this is viewed as unrealistic.

I know how things have gone wrong before, poor accommodation, negative peer groups and environments, little future prospects.

I understand there will be restrictions and difficulties but doing nothing and just letting it happen is not going to help change things for me.

I believe there is a lot I could do now that is really going to make the difference when I leave.

I find it very frustrating and de-motivating that these important preparations will not in some part be achieved during my time here.

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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for sharing your concern. I am sorry you feel you are not being prepared for leaving. I am sure that by raising this now before you leave your concerns can be discussed with staff in full.

We appreciate all feedback. When issues are raised it gives the Trust an opportunity to improve services and make things better for you as an individual.

I will contact the most appropriate person to give you a fuller response to your posting.

Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dear spk35

Thank you for raising your concerns and I’m sorry to hear that this has been your experience. It is our aim for individuals to be central to, and actively involved in, the planning and preparation for their future. The service as a whole recognises the huge importance of work and training and there is a dedicated workskills pathway offered by the Therapy Services Department which provides opportunities to gradually support individuals back into work and training.

The pathway offers:

Unit based projects:

• Creative Minds

• Charity Group

• Horticulture

Unit based work placements:

• Maintenance Group

• Patient’s shop – Assistant / Storeroom Assistant & Cleaning Operative

• Digital Photography

• Library Assistant

• Horticulture - allotment

• Beauty Assistant

• Sports Assistant

Community Placements:

• College – Leicester College / REMIT

• Charity Shop Voluntary Placements – MIND / SCOPE

• Salvation Army – catering voluntary placement

• Chris’s Auto’s – garage voluntary placement

• Allotment – horticulture placement

• RSPCA – voluntary placement.

We aim for the pathway to be as varied as possible to provide a wide range of experiences and opportunities to meet the diverse needs and preferences which individuals have. Not only does it provide the opportunity to develop specific skills, it also allows you to develop areas which you highlight as having being problematic for you in the past such as communication, working alongside others and adapting to different environments. Wherever possible, we try and match placements in the unit and community to the interests, skills and goals you have and we will support you through the process of disclosure and whilst you are on placement.

As you quite rightly point out there are at times restrictions and limitations due to the nature of Arnold Lodge as a secure unit. However we welcome any suggestions for improvements and are continually evaluating and developing what we offer following patient and staff feedback.

If you meet with your Occupational Therapy Keyworker they will be able to discuss options and opportunities available to you both within the unit and the community. Good luck for your future progress.

Alison Rimmington - Senior Occupational Therapist

Jennie Palmer-Vines Therapy Services Manager/Involvement Lead

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