St Martins has made a successful bid to develop a Human Rights protocol surrounding the experience of people discharged from mental health hospitals. St Martins’ successful bid, made in partnership with the British Institute of Human Rights, means we have been chosen to carry out this Department of Health funded opportunity.
A grant of £32,500 has been made through the Skills for Care Workforce Development Innovation Fund. Core to St Martins’ proposal was the reinstatement of a successful partnership with the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), who will provide training and support. St Martins completed a three year pilot project with BIHR in 2016 which embedded a best practice Human Rights approach within the organisation and led to the development of a human rights toolkit for mental health professionals.
St Martins’ proposal has two key elements to it. The first is in embedding practices at St Martins that empower and give choice to people undergoing the often stressful and fraught experience of being discharged from hospital. The second is spreading this learning and best practice via the wide network of partner organisations, statutory services and mental health professionals we work with.
There will be more news soon about how we carry out this work, and the training opportunities it will provide.