Opinion

The 15 Steps Challenge

Within 15 steps of entering a ward you can tell what it is like
15 Steps

We were contacted by the involvement worker at our local mental health trust asking us if we would be interested in getting involved with a new project called the '15 Steps Challenge.'

In an initial meeting it was explained what the 15 Steps Challenge was about. It originated from a mother who, after visiting her daughter in hospital, claimed that she could tell what the ward was like within 15 steps of entering the ward.

As people with lived experience of mental health services, either as a carer or service user, we both felt that this 'fresh set of eyes' approach would be much more than a tick box exercise.

Throughout these '15 steps inspections' we felt valued and, as a result, committed to the project. We believed we could make a positive difference to service users and carers'

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