Join the Board
The Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust (“CHCT”) is seeking to appoint a number of passionate trustees to join the Board at an exciting time of its development.
We are interested in hearing from people with skills, knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas:
- Lived experiences as a carer
- Events planning and management
About the CHCT
The CHCT has formally been in existence since the year 2000; however it can trace its history back to 1948 when the management of the Cassel Hospital moved under the newly formed NHS. The aim of the CHCT is to promote the effective care and treatment of adults and young people who have long histories of trauma and neglect and who, as a result, find it extremely difficult to establish and maintain relationships, to manage their emotions and to lead fulfilling lives. This group of people often attracts the diagnosis of personality disorder. We achieve our aims through funding research, training & education and buildings & facilities at the Cassel and elsewhere.
Further information about the Cassel Hospital can be found here.
How to Apply
Please download the Role Description (here: CHCT JD Final 1.4.19) for full details of the position. If you’re inspired, please apply with a CV and covering letter outlining why you are interested in becoming a trustee of the CHCT and the skills and experiences you can bring to the Board.
Please email your application to Linda Stradins (email@example.com).
Deadline for applications is midday on Thursday 30th May 2019.
Interviews are planned for early June.
Ham House Stables have announced their annual fundraising gala, “Evening of Music and Horses”, will take place on Sunday, June 24th at Ham Polo Club in support of three charities, including the Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust.
Following its success in previous years, the evening will include a dressage display by Minette Rice Edwards to an original composition by David Le Page. This will be followed by a concert in the Club House by the internationally renowned David Le Page Ensemble.
A charity auction will be held during the concert interval, the proceeds of which will be shared by the Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust.
For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the Ham House Stables website.
The British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder held its annual conference in Cardiff last week.
Oliver Dale, lead for the West London Mental Health NHS Trust personality disorder pathway and Chair of the Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust, and Julia Blazdell, Service User Consultant and Trustee of the Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust, were elected as Co-Presidents of BIGSPD.
They will hold the position for the next three years during an important time for the organisation and the field.
Two patients from the Cassel Hospital presented their experience of life in a therapeutic community to delegates at the annual West London Mental Health NHS Trust Nursing Conference held at Twickenham Stadium.
Jo, who is nearing the end of her time at the Cassel, wanted to draw on her experiences and give delegates a flavour of life in a therapeutic community. She said:
being a patient at the Cassel is a unique kind of experience and one that it is very difficult to understand without going through it yourself. For that reason, I wanted to give a realistic insight into the benefits, and difficulties, that the treatment of a therapeutic community provides. Although speaking in front of so many professionals was a daunting prospect, I am pleased that I faced my anxieties because the feedback we received was really positive and several attendees said how helpful it was to hear direct from service users. I hope by speaking out it not only supports the work of the Cassel but raises the profile of personality disorder treatment in the wider arena.
Read Jo’s account of Life in a Therapeutic Community here.
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.
Three staff members from the Cassel Hospital (Linda (Service Manager), Paul (Psychosocial Nurse) and Chloe (Research Assistant)) took part in the Richmond Half Marathon on September 17th to raise money and awareness for the Hospital’s Charitable Trust.
The team smashed their target and successfully raised over £3,000 for the CHCT.
The Hospital has recently received a generous donation of a beautiful sanctuary garden designed by Tom Massey which will be planted in the Hospital grounds. The fundraising money raised will go towards the installation and planting of the garden as well as various other projects at the Hospital and in the wider mental health and social care community.
Linda said: “Over the years, people have generously donated so much to the Trust and running the Richmond Half Marathon was something that we wanted to do in recognition of their generosity. It has been a great opportunity to raise further funds to help the Trust continue its important work in promoting the effective care and treatment for people with personality disorder and complex trauma.”
There is still time to sponsor the team by visiting their fundraising page.