The WY-FI Project is establishing five Multi-Agency Practice Development Groups (PDGs) across West Yorkshire for front-facing staff who work with people who experience homelessness, addiction, re-offending and/or mental ill health (multiple needs).
Who should attend?
Any member of front-facing staff from organisations who support, or at least have contact with, people with multiple needs
Who facilitates the group?
The groups are facilitated by WY-FI’s Workforce Development and Learning Co-ordinator
Aims of the group
With a focus on people with multiple needs, the aims of the group are to develop practice by:
- Improving confidence and skills in working with challenging individuals
- To understand each other’s work
- To share good practice
- To support each other to overcome specific difficulties
- To identify any gaps or barriers in services, and
- To improve the service user experience of services
Format of the group
The main part of the meeting is an Action Learning Set following this model. There will be time at the end for reflection and suggestions for future work. For example, themed discussions on a particular topic (manipulation, attachment, complex trauma) or topics for presentations/workshops.
The format of a PDG does not necessarily have to mirror this format. It is important that the PDG meets the needs of the attendees and will be developed collaboratively with the above aims in mind. It is useful to consider existing practice development work in your area and ensure that this group enhances this and avoids duplication.
It is good practice for organisations to provide an opportunity for those attending the PDG to share their learning and experiences with colleagues in their teams and the wider organisation.
What topics are discussed?
Hot topics so far this year have been:
- Attachment and dependency
- Vicarious trauma
- The role of Peer Mentors
- Critical health conditions
- No recourse to public funds
- Abusive relationships
We’re learning that:
- PDGs are really useful for problem-solving, peer support and sharing best practice
- Successful PDGs require senior managers to actively promote them
- The role of Navigators is considered critical by the wider workforce
“Nice to know we’re in the same boat!”
“Good to learn about each other’s roles”
“I feel re-energised” Feedback from PDG Participants
Forthcoming Multi-Agency Practice Development Groups
Multi-Agency PDGs take place monthly in each Locality: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.
If you’re interested in attending please contact Roger Abbott, WY-FI Workforce Development and Learning Co-ordinator
Telephone: 0113 887 0045
Mobile: 07885 806 114
Address: WY-FI Project, DISC, 45a Park Square East, Leeds, LS1 2NP