Would you like to work for Harmless as part of our Clinical Team in Leicestershire?

We are currently recruiting for Specialist Therapists, on a part time basis, to join the Harmless team. These roles will be based predominantly in Leicestershire and East Leake.

 

Please click here to download the application pack for this role.

 

This role is particularly well suited to someone early in their career looking for a long term opportunity to develop as a specialist therapist.

Please note: These positions will be primarily based in East Leake (Nottinghamshire), with work to also be delivered in Leicester City and across Leicestershire. Driving will be a necessary part of the role and therefore applicants will need to hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a car to be able to undertake the position.

Please submit all applications and any questions regarding this position to admin@harmless.org.uk.

 

JOB TITLE: Specialist Therapist (Leicestershire)

HOURS: Part time positions available

SALARY: Up to £23,250 per annum, pro rata (Depending on experience)

This position has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

In the News: Targets missed for child mental health care services

A third of children referred to mental health services in Scotland are not being seen within the 18-week target.

The performance statistics are the poorest since the government said four years ago that 90% of children should be seen within that time.

They also indicate an increase in the number of children accessing child and adolescent mental health services.

Minister for mental health, Clare Haughey said the figures were “completely unacceptable”.

The latest statistics were released just weeks after a task force was announced to tackle the issue.

Further measures were announced by first minister Nicola Sturgeon as part of the Scottish government’s legislative programme.

She said an extra £250m funding for mental health services would include £60m for school nursing and counselling services.

An additional 80 counsellors will be funded to work across further and higher education, she said.

The official figures reveal that only 67.8% of the 4,664 children and young people who started their treatment between April and June did so within the target time.

That compares with 71.1% in the previous quarter and 80.7% for the same quarter in 2017.

It is the worst performance since the target was set in 2014.

The number of children accessing services is up from the previous quarter (3,995) and from the quarter ending June 2017 (4,092).

Only three health boards met the government target to see 90% of children within 18 weeks – NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles.

In NHS Tayside, only 34.4% of people were seen within the target time, while Forth Valley and Grampian failed to achieve 50%.

Lib Dem health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “These statistics are horrendous and heartbreaking.”

‘Getting worse’

Scottish Labour’s health spokesman Anas Sarwar said: “To have nearly a third of young people waiting longer than 18-weeks for vital mental health treatment is a scandal – and, despite all the warm words from the SNP, this problem is actually getting worse.”

The Scottish Conservatives’ mental health spokeswoman Annie Wells described the level of care as “shocking”, and said “unacceptably long waits could be causing untold damage to extremely vulnerable people”.

Separate statistics show 76.3% of patients waiting for psychological therapies were seen within 18 weeks between April and June – down slightly from 78.4% in the previous quarter.

Ms Haughey said mental health services would be addressed in the first minister’s legislative programme for 2018/19, announced on Tuesday.

A new taskforce set up in June is working to reshape and improve Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs).

Ms Haughey said: “Demand for services is increasing as people become more aware of mental health issues and seek support, and this is a welcome step.

“But too many children and young people are experiencing waits that are too long, and this is completely unacceptable.”

She said the Scottish government was supporting health boards with £150m of extra funding over five years, including £54m to help improve their performance against waiting times targets.

Earlier, Nicola Sturgeon told BBC Scotland: “One of the good things about modern society is that we all feel much more comfortable talking about mental health and mental wellbeing.

‘Stigma’s reducing’

“When I was at school nobody talked about that – the stigma’s reducing.

“But that means more people feel able to come forward for help.

“We’ve got a duty to make sure that help is available where it’s most appropriate.

“And we need to make sure that there’s more support in communities, including in schools, for good mental wellbeing.”

Link to full blog: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45405289

Suicide impacts us all and is #everyonesbusiness

The Tomorrow Project are today showcasing our photography project for World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Photography Project is a visual story that makes the issue of suicide an accessible one across communities. The exhibition helps to promote a dialogue to give people with lived experience a voice and to give testimony to overcoming difficulties and reach out to people who might need  help. Harmless and The Tomorrow Project  want to convey a message of help.

We would like to thank BBC radio Nottingham and also Hannah for taking part in their piece with Val to share their transformative therapeutic relationship and journey of recovery.

Please join us today at Rough Trade on Broad Street in Nottingham for our photography showcase from 1pm to 6pm

Physiotherapy and mental health

Physiotherapy and mental health

World Physical Therapy Day – September 8th 2018

Today is World Physical Day and we will explore the role that physiotherapy and physical activity has in mental health. World Physical Therapy Day is held every year in September and is a great opportunity to join together with other physiotherapists around the world to promote a shared message to the public.

The WCPT say that this years campaign is focused around the following key messages.

  • Exercise as an evidence-based treatment for depression.
  • The role of physical therapists working with patients who may have mental health issues.
  • The benefits of physical activity in protecting against the emergence of depression.
  • How better outcomes are experienced when exercise is delivered by a qualified healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist.
  • How people with mental health issues are more at risk of having poor physical health.

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One thing is for sure – whatever your field of physiotherapy you will see people who have mental health issues. You only have to look at the infographic above to realise if you work in musculoskeletal clinic – you will see people with depression. If you work in neurology – you will see people with depression. If you work with older adults – you will see people with depression.

But how often do you look beyond the physical and consider the mental health of the people you treat? How much does any mental health issues impact on the effectiveness of your physiotherapeutic interventions?

Resources

The World PT day toolkit

World PT day resource page – lots of evidence links

Link to full blog: https://physiotalk.co.uk/2018/08/27/physiotherapy-and-mental-health-physiotalk-3rd-september/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Can you help?

We are in need of some items to make our lifesaving building brighter and more comfortable. It would mean a lot to our team to be able to add these finishing touches for our clients. Can you help us?

We are hoping for x2 sets of curtains, bright coloured rugs and cushions.

Curtain length one

  • Height = 86 inches (218 cm)
  • Width = 44 inches (112 cm)

Curtain length two

  • Height = 82 inches (208 cm)
  • Width = 82 inches (208 cm)

 

Thank you, Harmless and TP team

Everyones Business – Vogue Italia feature!

Portrait from our upcoming exhibition coinciding with world suicide prevention day has been featured in Vogue Italia PhotoVogue.

The work will be exhibited in Rough Trade Nottingham as well as on the largest screen in the East Midlands for World Suicide Prevention Day 2018, 10/09/18.

The exhibition will include a series of portraits of people who have been touched by suicide in some way, either through their own battle of lived experience, supporting someone they love in this battle or tragically lost someone to suicide. Each portrait will stand beside an individual story and will show us that suicide really is #everyonesbusiness.

Monday 10th September 2018
Public viewing 1pm-6pm
Invite only 7pm-9pm (email info@harmless.org.uk to book)

event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/437516056744409/

Suicide is still a taboo subject; please join us in breaking down this stigma. After all, suicide is #everyonesbusiness.

If you have any questions please contact Harmless through on 01158800280 or emailing info@harmless.org.uk

Join us

The exhibition will include a series of portraits of people who have been touched by suicide in some way, either through their own battle of lived experience, supporting someone they love in this battle or tragically lost someone to suicide. Each portrait will stand beside an individual story and will show us that suicide really is #everyonesbusiness.

Monday 10th September 2018
Public viewing 1pm-6pm
Invite only 7pm-9pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/437516056744409/

Suicide is still a taboo subject; please join us in breaking down this stigma. After all, suicide is #everyonesbusiness. 

If you have any questions please contact Harmless through on 01158800280 or emailing info@harmless.org.uk