The Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust is delighted to announce the establishment of the Service User Involvement Fund, which will support the development and employment of people with the lived experience of difficulties associated with diagnoses such as personality disorder and complex trauma.
The Trust has committed to providing funding of £2000 each year as a pump primer. This, and any further funds raised through it, will support both current and ex- service users in progressing towards sustained employment by funding activities which support their development as peer support workers or experts by experience. This could include one-to-one support, mentoring, reflective practice and access to education and training.
It will also fund the employment of people with the lived experience of personality disorder and complex trauma to deliver and develop training and consultation interventions across the NHS and other providers.
The establishment of the Service User Involvement Fund reflects the increasing recognition that supporting service users to progress towards sustainable employment is a fundamental part of ensuring mental health services meet the needs of those they serve.
Dr Oliver Dale, Chair of the Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust and Clinical Lead for Personality Disorder Pathway at West London Mental Health NHS Trust commented that it was really important to co-deliver services as this was a very powerful way of helping people to recover as well as a way of challenging stigma. The success of the Knowledge and Understanding Framework as well as Recovery Colleges was something to be proud of, but we need a way of helping people take up these opportunities. He added that he looked forward to seeing the fund grow in future years, and encouraged people to support the Charitable Trust through fundraising and spreading the word.