Posts Tagged ‘changes’


There are several consultations out at the moment – these are your chance to influence the future development of services. (more…)

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The following are the notes from our meeting in November 2008. 

Collette Walsh, the project manager from NHS Halton & St Helens, came to speak to us about a new project to develop a single point of access (SPA) to mental health services. (more…)

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Welcome to the new blog for St Helens Mental Health Carers. I’m hoping this will be easier to update than the old site. Times have certainly changed since we started it 5 years ago. 

Five years ago:

  • there was one family support worker
  • the family support worker didn’t go onto the wards at all
  • the Carers Centre had just opened with 3 support workers
  • most of us hadn’t heard of carers assessments
  • at the top of our wish list was the closure of the Sherdley Unit – we never thought that would ever happen!


  • there are  three family support workers
  • the family support workers go onto the wards regularly and now hold monthly group sessions
  • I’ve lost count of how many people work at the Carers Centre now (sorry!) and there are all sorts of projects including the Income Maximisation worker
  • most of us have been offered an assessment
  • St Helens services are now provided in the state of the art St Helens Hope & Recovery Centre

Plus of course now more and more people recognise that a carer is an unpaid family member or friend who supports someone else because of frailty, illness or disability.

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