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Embedding Human Rights in Mental Health Services: A tool for staff

This tool was created by the British Institute of Human Rights alongside staff and leadership at TEWV NHS Foundation Trust. This was part of a 15-month, Health Foundation funded project called; “A Human Rights Based Approach to Mental Health Recovery”.

This tool was created together with staff working in mental health and capacity services within Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV). It is therefore aimed at staff working within these settings. This resource will also be helpful for leadership in supporting staff to operationalise a human rights-based approach. Lots of information here may also be useful for people using services, their families, carers, or advocates.

The project aimed to support TEWV NHS Trust to embed a human rights approach within their model of Mental Health Recovery. The project included:

  • Working with people accessing TEWV mental health services to support them and their families/loved ones to know and claim their rights. Through this part of the project we co-produced a tool with people accessing services, their families/loved ones, carers and advocates. It can be found on our page, Resources for Individuals.
  • Building the capacity of TEWV mental health staff to respect, protect and fulfil their legal duties under the Human Rights Act. This booklet was created together with staff as a tool to support them to operationalise human rights every day.
  • Supporting leadership with the knowledge and understanding of human rights law to create a human rights respecting environment for their staff and people accessing services. 

Download the booklet here.

Hear our Policy & Programmes Manager, Carlyn, talk about the resources and the project here:




Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Human Rights: A practitioner's guide

This booklet is about human rights in services supporting people with mental health and/or mental capacity issues. It is aimed at practitioners working in those settings. We use the term 'practitioners' throughout to include anyone working in these settings (e.g. qualified and unqualified workers). Lots of information in this booklet may also be useful for people using services, their family, carers or advocates. 

You can download the booklet here or order hard copies here


Learning Disability and Human Rights: A practitioner's guide

This booklet is about human rights in learning disability settings. It is aimed at professional's working in the community but is relevant for those working in disability services of all kinds. We use the term 'practitioner' throughout to include anyone working in learning disability settings (e.g. qualified and unqualified workers). Lots of information in the booklet may also be useful for learning disabled people using services, their family, carers or advocates.

You can download the guide here or order hard copies here


Mental Health Early Intervention and Human Rights: A practitioner's guide

This booklet is about human rights in mental health early intervention services. It is aimed at professionals working in those settings, in hospital or in the community. We use the term 'practitioner' throughout to include anyone working in early intervention (e.g. qualified and unqualified workers). Lots of information in the booklet may also be useful for people using mental health early intervention services, their family, carers or advocates. 

You can download the guide here or order hard copies here


Human Rights and Hospital Discharge: A practitioner's guide

This booklet is about human rights and discharging people from mental health hospitals. It is aimed at any practitioners supporting people before, during or after hospital discharge. Lots of information in the booklet may also be useful for people using services, their family, carers or advocates.

You can download the guide here or order hard copies here


Rehabilitation and Human Rights: A practitioner's guide

This booklet is about human rights in mental health rehabilitation settings. It is aimed at professionals working in those settings. We use the term 'practitioner' throughout to include anyone working in mental health rehabilitation (e.g. qualified and unqualified workers). Lots of information in the booklet may also be useful for people using rehabilitation services, their family, carers and advocates. 

You can download the booklet here or order hard copies here.


Mental Health Care for Children and Young People and Human Rights: A practitioner's guide

This booklet is about human rights in mental health settings for children and young people. It is aimed at professionals working in hospitals but some of the information may be useful for work in the community. We use the term 'practitioner' throughout to include anyone working in these settings (e.g. qualified and unqualified workers). We use the term 'young people' throughout to mean any person using mental health care under the age of 18. Lots of information in the booklet may also be useful for people using services, their family, carers or advocates.

You can download the guide here or order hard copies here.


Mental Health Accommodation and Human Rights: A practitioner's guide

This booklet is about human rights in accommodation based support settings for people with mental health issues. It is aimed at support workers, mental health practitioners and anybody else working in residential settings where mental capacity or mental health is a factor. We use the term 'practitioner' throughout to include anyone working in these settings (e.g. qualified and unqualified workers). Lots of information in the booklet may also be useful for people using services, their family, carers or advocates. 

You can download the guide here or order hard copies online.


Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Human Rights - practitioner toolkit

The above 7 guides can also be ordered as a suite of 7 toolkits, designed to support practitioners working across mental health and mental capacity. Hard copies of the toolkit can be ordered here


Social Care Intervention and Human Rights: A practitioner's guide

This booklet is about human rights in social care settings. It is aimed at social care practitioners working in settings where mental capacity or mental health is a factor. We use the term 'practitioner' throughout to include anyone working in these settings (e.g. qualified and unqualified workers). Lots of information in the booklet may also be useful for people using services, their family, carers or advocates. 

You can download the guide here or order hard copies online.


Dementia and Human Rights: A practitioner's guide

This booklet is about human rights and dementia care. It is aimed at professionals working in dementia care settings, in hospital or in the community (we've used the term 'practitioner' throughout to capture this). Lots of information in the booklet may also be useful for people using dementia care services, their family or carers. 

You can download the guide here or order hard copies online.


Nursing and Human Rights: A Practitioners' Guide

This Guide has been developed support nurses to deliver health services that respect human rights by providing accessible information about human rights and how they are relevant in health and social care.

You can download the guide here or order hard copies online.


Midwifery and Human Rights: A Practitioners' Guide

This Guide has been developed to support midwives to deliver maternity services that respect human rights by providing accessible information about human rights and how they are relevant in a maternity context.

You can download the guide here or order hard copies online.


End of Life Care and Human Rights: A Practitioners' Guide

This Guide has been developed to support those working in end of life care deliver care services that respect human rights by providing accessible information about human rights and how they are relevant in an end of life care context.

You can download the guide here or order hard copies online


Posters

Work in mental capacity or mental health services? Want a handy reminder of what human rights you need to consider when making decisions? Our poster series is for you!

Our series of 8 posters aim to help practitioners remember what human rights to consider when making decisions across key practice areas. You can download the posters by clicking on the links below:

You can also order hard copies of the posters here


Toolkit for reflection on human rights in the context of social care

We are delighted to have been involved in the co-production of a new toolkit for reflection on human rights in the context of social care. This toolkit was created with Dr Caroline Green at the Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit and MyHomeLife Scotland.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of human rights for people needing care and support in care homes or at home, their carers, families and friends. Care home residents were one of the groups most severely affected by the virus, with thousands of deaths from a Covid-19 infection not only in England but many countries around the world. The need to protect people requiring care and support and to balance infection control with the right to a private and family life and to social participation was but one of many examples of a human rights issue that we as a society had to face during this pandemic. Conversations around these topics are often difficult. This toolkit will support you to start these conversations by commencing your own reflective journey on human rights.

The toolkit comprises:

  1. The Personality Test – discover what kind of ‘human rights in care homes’ personality type you are
  2. The ‘Who am I’ creative page – an opportunity reflect and think about what human rights mean to you with writing, drawing and colouring in
  3. The Human Rights Story Dice Game – roll the dice to start of your human rights story telling. Using cards and dice with prompts, you can explore human rights in your work or private life together with colleagues, service users or even by yourself. You can print this tool and cut out the cards and dice. This game is also available as a physical pocket version.

Find out more about the toolkit here.