The Yorkshire and Humberside Pathway Development Service (PDS) provides a regional personality disorder service with the following key service objectives;
provides independent review of a person’s care and treatment needs at the point of contact with the PDS
whenever possible supports entry to secure services for individuals with personality disorder being prevented through the development of improved clinical practice and realistic alternatives, which may be hospital or community based
ensures that individuals who are admitted to secure services have a clear shared treatment plan, which includes a potential and realistic discharge pathway
supports the development of the skills and knowledge and interventions of community mental health teams in working with individuals with personality disorder which is then able to be integrated into individual clinical practice and frameworks of care.
What services are provided
The PDS has been commissioned by the Secure and Specialist Mental Health Commissioning Group as a Tier 4 Personality Disorder Service for people diagnosed with severe personality disorder.
Its core function is to work across the Yorkshire and Humber region to increase capacity and responsiveness for working with personality disorder, as well as to improve the pathways for individuals with personality disorder who are both within adult and younger people services. This includes identifying appropriate admission into specialist personality disorder units within low secure hospitals, as well as pathways that provide an alternative to such admissions, and the identification of appropriate pathways leading to timely discharge from such settings.
Specifically this involves providing;
reviews of care for individuals either at risk of escalating from acute hospital admission or prison into low secure hospital, or whose pathway from a low secure / specialist personality disorder hospital placement is blocked
reviews of women currently inpatient within specialist personality disorder medium secure hospital placements and whose pathway out of such services appears blocked
a re-review assessment providing an up to date view with regards to the progress of recommendations made within the initial review
consultation and advice to community based care coordinators as indicated by the review process
completion of a Housing and Resettlement report alongside either a review or re-review if indicated.
We believe that people who use personality disorder services are ‘experts by experience’ and that your involvement is vital to improve services. We believe that involvement benefits service users and improves services.
All service users are invited to be involved in their own review process by meeting with a caseworker during and after the review.
Want to give feedback?
After your review you will have received a short survey – please complete this and send it back to us, or use the survey monkey link in your letter. If you have not received a survey, please contact us at PDInvolvement.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a new survey.
Leeds Personality Disorder Services involvement events
We try to hold an involvement conference every two years. This is an opportunity to share good practice, celebrate success and reflect on challenges from across the year. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on our strategy and vision for involvement. Conferences are co-produced and co-facilitated with service users.
Service users at Garrow House
The majority of women at Garrow House have first-hand experience of the Pathway Development Service. You might have had a review before coming to Garrow House, or a housing and resettlement assessment as part of your care planning during your admission.
The Pathway Development Service and Garrow House work together to involve service users in improving our services. There are many ways to get involved:
The Garrow House service user involvement group
This group has agreed to act as a ‘reference group’ of service users for the Pathway Development Service. Our involvement lead will attend meetings to consult with the group about a range of issues, such as reviewing letters and leaflets, discussing proposed service changes, or developing service evaluations.
Recruitment Service users are invited to be involved in interviewing new members of staff for the Pathway Development Service. Training can be provided for this role.
Clinical Governance Clinical governance meetings make sure that our service is safe and effective. Service users are invited to attend Pathway Development Service clinical governance meetings, which take place every other month at our offices in Leeds.
The involvement steering group
This group oversees all service user involvement activity within the Pathway Development Service. This includes development and implementing our involvement action plan. We want to work closely with our service users to explore what works well and what areas need improvement.
The group meets every four months for 90 minutes at either Garrow House or the Pathway Development Service office in Leeds. The group is chaired by the involvement lead, and is attended by the clinical team manager, a caseworker, a housing worker service users.
Reimbursement for involvement
Service users will receive travel expenses for any Involvement related activity and a £20 voucher for support with interviews.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Ruth Sutherland, Involvement Lead
Pathway Development Service
Unit 24, Sugar Mill Business Park
Oakhurst Avenue, Leeds LS11 7DF
Tel: 0113 8557951