Safeguarding in the context of chronic and complex health conditions
28 April 2022 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
This masterclass considers inter-relating factors regarding physical, social and mental health, initially exploring this through the lens of the complicated impact of living with HIV. HIV-related neuropsychological difficulties are also explored. Although the focus is primarily on HIV (regarding children, adults and/ or carers who are positive) this serves as a jump off point to think about complex care and safeguarding in the context of chronic health conditions. Specifically, safeguarding is considered in terms of long-term condition management and the impact of variable parenting abilities.
Starting with a general introduction to, and update of, relevant HIV information, we move onto thinking about the effect of stigma on young people and families: how this can inhibit access to required care and services. We discuss the relationship between early trauma and physical health vulnerability, and expand this out to elaborate how marginalised communities, with associated layers of powerlessness, can be further disadvantaged regarding physical and mental health outcomes.
There will also be emphasis on the importance of self-reflection for healthcare professionals, particularly when conducting difficult conversations and working with complexity. The benefits of inter-professional working and psychologically-informed wraparound approaches to care will also be elaborated.
The session utilises a combination of presentations and interactive tasks aimed at providing a space for exploration of, and reflection on, salient issues. The intention is for the audience to have opportunity to guide discussion in terms of their everyday practice needs.
Aims and objectives:
To provide updated knowledge regarding the psychological, neuropsychological and psychosocial impact of living with HIV, and how this affects individuals and families
To provide information about the impact of HIV-related stigma on psychological health, and consideration of how marginalisation and discrimination negatively impact physical and mental health, and physical and mental health function.
To increase understanding of the interface between trauma, relationships and physical health vulnerability.
To enable discussion of vulnerabilities and safeguarding with opportunities to explore frameworks of care.
Increased awareness of the impact of stigma, trauma and marginalisation on vulnerable groups and families: thus informing clinical assessment and intervention strategies and skills when working with psychosocial and relational complexity.
Improved knowledge regarding psychological and trauma-informed approaches to care, and the benefits of partnership working between professionals and with children and families
Increased insight into the importance of relationships in care delivery, and increased knowledge about how to address and manage complex issues
Increased understanding of the wide ranging factors relevant to neuropsychological assessment, and how neuropsychology can usefully contribute to safeguarding assessments.
Price includes a copy of “Psychological Perspective in HIV Care: An Inter-Professional Approach” (2020, Routledge).
This is a ground-breaking book, addressing the complex psychosocial issues in the field of HIV care. True to the title, it gathers perspectives from a range of professionals, as well as the expertise of people living with HIV, to think broadly about the complexities of care delivery. It supplies care frameworks and practical ideas, which can easily be extrapolated to other areas of health and social care provision.
“This is perhaps what HIV care can offer other health specialities. It’s an approach that firmly puts the patient, with his or her complex world, front and centre.Though the topics here relate to HIV care, the underpinning principles can and should apply across all areas of health. This book makes an important contribution to the care of people living with HIV, and a vital learning tool relevant to all health sectors”
Dr Ian Hodgson - International Nurse Consultant
The editors and authors have vast experience in clinical care and the teaching/training of care professionals, as well as regular involvement in national projects, including the development of care standards/guidance.
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Meet The Speakers
Dr Michelle Croston
Senior Lecturer and practice lead at Manchester Metropolitan University, Honorary Distinguished Fellow of the European Society of Person-Centred Healthcare and previous Chair of the National HIV Nurses Association
Dr Michelle Croston is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Nottingham. She has a clinical background in HIV care working at national and international level to improve outcomes for people living with HIV. She holds a fellowship with European Society of Person Centered Healthcare (ESPCH). Michelle has extensive post graduate qualifications in mental health and psychological trauma, alongside her role as an educator she is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Crisis Counsellor for a Mental Health charity that specialises in working with healthcare workers. Michelle is passionate about develop teaching and learning strategies to prevent compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. Throughout her career Michelle has been involved in and led on a number of quality improvement projects at a national and international level.
Dr Sarah Rutter
Sarah Rutter is a Clinical Psychologist whose experience falls primarily within the field of physical health. She has worked and trained in a range of physical health services, including neuro-rehabilitation, oncology, chronic pain and renal, as well as her current role as Psychology Lead in the HIV Service at North Manchester General Hospital. Sarah is also the chair of the British Psychological Society’s HIV and Sexual Health Faculty and through this work has been involved in, and has often co-facilitated various projects within the field of HIV. These have included the writing and re-writing of national care standards, involvement in UK audit of the standards for psychological care for adults living with HIV, leading on specialist consultations, the organisation and delivery of study days and joint conferences and the development of a psychological support training package for healthcare professionals working within HIV.
She has also co-edited and contributed to books relating to the topics of psychological care in HIV. She is an honorary teacher at the University of Liverpool, and provides HIV specific teaching and training to HIV Specialist Nurses and Trainee Clinical Psychologists across the North West region.
She has also presented on the topic of complex psychological issues within HIV at national and international HIV and psychology conferences.
Dr Tomas Campbell
Tomás is a clinical psychologist who has worked with people with HIV since 1990. He spent two years working in a HIV programme in Zambia and is now chair of the UK board of trustees of a small charity that supports HIV and reproductive health services for young people with HIV in Ghana. His research interests have focussed on supporting families with HIV to develop effective ways to cope with the challenges of HIV. He is also interested in how HIV affects the developing brain and what additional support can be put in place to reduce negative outcomes for children and young people. He is also passionate about finding ways to address the negative effects of HIV stigma.
Currently, he works currently as an independent clinical neuropsychologist working with young people, adults and their families who have a brain injury.
What our members say
Opportunity to network with others and know I am part of a community of people committed to working for children and families; challenge to keep up to date and evidence-informed in my practice; sounding board with others for considering how best to improve policy and practice
Professor Peter Sidebotham, Member of the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and Emeritus Professor of Child Health at Warwick University