Co-Pact Newsletter November 2022
Data analysis update
The study team have developed summary presentations of data and themes emerging from photovoice workshops for each of the eight sites, which will be presented at initial local site co-design preparatory meetings. The presentations include key themes from each site along with demographic data, roadmap summaries, and themes that overlap with other sites.
Despite not recruiting to the original target numbers, the project yielded over 500 inputs. Voices from predominantly ethnic minority backgrounds come through powerfully in the emerging themes, which include access to services, medication, coping mechanisms and ward environment.
Roadmaps from the second photovoice workshops provide rich and insightful demographic information which contextualises the accompanying data with participants’ lived experiences. They map key life events and journeys through the system, highlighting touchpoints in peoples’ lives, adverse childhood experiences and physical co-morbidities.
Work is progressing on statistical analysis of the data coding, which will be triangulated with the qualitative thematic analysis emerging from the data. Staff photovoice data is being analysed.
Co-design initial/preparatory meetings
The study team have been working with the eight local site teams to plan initial meetings in preparation for the co-design meetings. These meetings will review the local site summary presentations and set priorities to take forward to the co-design meetings, developing approaches for recommending changes to the use of Mental Health Act. Timelines are fluid depending on local progress, but all events should be completed by April.
Sites are drawing up invitee lists with the aim of engaging people from the local community to take part in co-design and ensuring diversity of representation at the meetings. They are thinking through the framework of who they engage from services such as paramedics and the police, particularly as these are mentioned in photovoice data.
In the co-design meetings representatives from the initial meetings will spend the first hour presenting their findings, identifying priorities for taking forward, and reflecting on touch points emerging from the data. The membership of the co-design process will be broad and will include decision-makers such as commissioners, CEOs, and heads of voluntary sector organisations.
Expected co-design outputs emerging from these meetings include resources, tools, and approaches to reducing detentions and ethnic inequalities in the use of the Mental Health Act. Co-design outputs at each site will inform local and then national priorities, producing clear interventions and resources. Information on resource and costs implications will be gathered.
Knowledge exchange event
A knowledge exchange event will be held two to three months after the co-design meetings. This event will bring together the eight local site co-design teams to share their outcomes, recommendations, and priorities for Mental Health Act reform with the project team and national level decision-makers.
Finally, thank you for your continued support and engagement in the Co-PACT study.
If you would like to attend a meeting to hear about the findings from the photovoice work, or would like to be involved in the co-design please do get in touch with us at email@example.com . You can also follow us on Twitter @co_pact or check out our website.
All the very best,
The Co-PACT Research Team