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Models and tools

Our models provide theoretical descriptions to help give an understanding of how the system or process works or how it might work. If used, successful results will be achieved. Our tools have been produced using evidence based practice and intervention and will help you to get the job done.


Big Brew

When someone feels at their very lowest they may want help but feel unable to ask for it. If you have family, friends or colleagues you think may be suffering in silence, getting together over a cuppa is a good way to reach out to them.

Why not host a Big Brew event or if you’re part of a group you could rename your next meet up or social event The Big Brew. That way you’ll encourage others to speak out and do your bit to tackle the stigma associated with feelings of hopelessness.


HOPE(S) Model

The HOPE(S) Model is a recovery based approach to working with individuals in segregation developed from research and clinical practice. Briefly the model describes:

Harnessing the system through key attachments and partnerships; providing
Opportunities for positive behaviours, meaningful and physical activities; identifying
Protective and preventative risk and clinical management strategies;
Enhancement of coping skills of both staff and patients and attention to maintenance.
Throughout engaging in these tasks the System needs to be managed and developed to provide support throughout all stages of the approach.


Just and Learning Culture

Mersey Care’s work to embrace a Just and Learning Culture has centred on the desire to create an environment where staff feel supported and empowered to learn when things do not go as expected, rather than feeling blamed.

Mersey Care’s Just and Learning Culture seminars

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The Life Rooms

The Life Rooms is home to Mersey Care’s Social Inclusion and Participation Team. This comprises a number of co-produced services including the Recovery College, volunteering services and pathways support. It offers a community and social model of health inresponse to the wider determinants which impact on mental and physical health and wellbeing.

The model challenges standardised service provision. It consistently operates in the gaps between services, whether that be at early stages of distress, supporting individuals to manage conditions, or providing support to those far along on their recovery journey, where traditional services can drop off.

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Safety Plans

Safety plan is an intervention designed to reduce and prevent risk of suicide. It has been developed based on clinical and research evidence within the field and national best practice.


Assessment of Level of Security Tool

The Assessment of Level of Security Tool helps to determine a service users required level of security. The tool outlines differences in criteria for low, medium and high secure facilities.


The Complex Case and Recovery Management Framework (CCaRM)

This is an innovative framework designed to assist teams in setting up individualised care platforms with service users and their supporters. The CCaRM has been developed by a multidisciplinary clinical group, in collaboration with service users and management colleagues. The initial aim was to address the difficulties repeatedly faced within clinical systems of providing the organisational structure to facilitate collaborative and person centred clinical intervention. The aim was that this would balance risk with recovery, and that all involved parties would be aware of, understand and engage with the plans for treatment and care.


Zero Suicide Alliance

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The aims of the suicide prevention training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviours, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

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