Analysis

Trusts initiate programme to tackle prejudices in the NHS

The time to Change anti-stigma campaign has started a groundbreaking pilot at two mental health trusts in England. It is intended to reveal the views of health professionals and service users in a bid to tackle discrimination reported in mental health services

The time to Change anti-stigma campaign has started a groundbreaking pilot at two mental health trusts in England. It is intended to reveal the views of health professionals and service users in a bid to tackle discrimination reported in mental health services.

The campaign is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and is being piloted at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, which provides services across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

The aim of the project is to have ‘open dialogue sessions’ about changes that could make a difference to all parties involved and to highlight positive experiences where staff have successfully challenged discrimination.

Measuring attitudes

Evaluation of the scheme will involve measuring staff attitudes and behaviour both before and after the pilot.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust deputy chief executive James Duncan says nurses will jointly lead

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