Life Beyond the Cubicle Project: Piloting of Resources

Making Families Count invites Expressions of Interest from NHS Trusts to pilot eLearning modules and group-based resources in Jan/Feb 2024.  Trusts taking part in the pilot will be expected to work with the external evaluator for the project, to assist in the collection of monitoring data and also to demonstrate how the pilot fits with the Trusts’ Quality Improvement work. There is no charge to take part.  

The Life Beyond the Cubicle learning resources have been developed by Making Families Count, in partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, funded by NHS England.  The resources aim to educate and update staff on the importance of involving families wherever possible during mental health crises to improve patient care, avoid harm, and reduce deaths. The resources have been co-produced by staff, service users, and family carers, supported by a wider Advisory Group drawn from a broad spectrum of experience and sectors. 

Two sets of materials will be available to pilot: eLearning modules for individuals to use, and a handbook to support group-based learning. 

The eLearning Modules Contents:  

  • Introduction (includes guidance on how to use this resource)
  • Module 1 Why do families and friends matter? 
  • Module 2 Assumptions and Expertise 
  • Module 3 Feelings and fears 
  • Module 4 Confidentiality and Information Sharing
  • Module 5: Safety planning
  • Resources for family and friends

Each module contains video and audio material, a range of scenarios drawn from lived experiences, interactive quizzes, questions for reflection, and learning points. The videos and audios are of actors as well as of people with lived experience as service users and as family, friends, and carers.  

The handbook

The handbook has been designed to support group work using the film and audio materials of the eLearning modules. There are suggestions for how these materials could be used to stimulate group discussions about the themes of the modules. The handbook is for use by clinical practice educators, ideally co-facilitating with a trained and supported family carer,  

Interested? Please get in touch.

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