Meet the team
Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Borough Lead for Psychological Therapies
Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
- England - London (North, East and Essex)
- Alan Lythgoe
- Lucy Ward
- Ben Phelps
What is the positive change that has emerged through new collaborations or partnerships during Covid-19 that your project is going to embed?
The advent of MS teams ‘suddenly’ enabled a broader range of professionals to come together ‘around the patient’ in the Enfield Community Pain Service. Previously it was difficult to get representatives from different care streams to multi-disciplinary team meetings due to travel restrictions. However since Covid-19 MS teams has enabled partners from Mental Health Teams, Social Care and community organisations such as Inclusion Barnet to come together for higher quality, case based conversations. This has been highly valued by all partners. Education of our partners about what is most helpful in persistent pain has been accelerated and as a healthcare team we have been able to have a faster grasp of what other services may have to offer our patients. This change has meant better solutions overall around complex cases.
What does your project aim to achieve?
The change we would like to work further on is an aspiration to develop the ‘Pain Platform’, which we see as being a ‘virtual’ local community hub for patients in Enfield with persistent pain. This would compliment the MS teams conversations and build on the emergent partnerships. The ‘virtual hub’ could be used by all stakeholders as a community ‘anchor’ a ‘place to go’ for information and ideas for all parties, on line community chats, community information and would enable us to add collaborators into the community as we go along, building a real time, up to date pain community in Enfield.
How will the project be delivered?
The project will be overseen and governance provided by BEH Mental Health Trust Enfield Community Pain Team. This multi-disciplinary team currently provides evidence based multi-disciplinary interventions for people with persistent pain in Enfield, according to national guidelines. The pain team will advise on and monitor the content of the platform. A steering group of health, mental health, social care, community partners, service users and carers will be formed to guide the design and execution of building the platofrm. Support from the QI Faculty at BEH will be given to design tests of change and overall quality of the project. The project will also be supported by an Assistant Psychologist in the team.
How is your project going to share learning?
The project could be shared with other Pain management services nationally who would also benefit from a ‘Pain Platform’ . The project will share learning specifically from the process of employing a virtual platform as a way of community building. This will be tested as a vehicle to develop a rich repository of resources for pain in the local community, building ‘place based’ care and doing this in such a way that support networks can be maintained even in future ‘lockdown’ conditions. The project will track how the Pain Platform facilitated conversations and partnerships which helped to deliver care with the right complexity to patients who need help from health and social care and resources that are very much embedded in their communities e.g opportunities for exercise or community based learning.
How you can contribute
- Help with experience of building a virtual platform
- Help with experience of integrating physical and mental health (QLab 2019)
- Help with experience of co-design
- Help with designing place based care
|1 Feb 2021||Form steering group, Project Team and project plan|
|1 Mar 2021||Draft content & IT consult|
|1 Apr 2021||Finalise content|
|1 Jun 2021||Go live with tests change|