Can Do Healthcare - Thinking Differently Together About Trauma Informed Care

Trauma informed practice • Is an approach not a programme • Involves everybody regardless of rank or role • Is focused on safety • Pays mindful attention to relationships and culture • Focuses on assets and strengths • Is about systemic sustainable change • Is about practicing what we preach – and being able to evidence how It isn’t: • A tick box exercise • A quick fix • Just about being nicer • Talking about all trauma, all the time, to everybody! • Just about training front line staff The call to action We are looking for 30 of the most passionate and committed individuals to be trauma informed practice champions. The project’s aim is to support these individuals to go back into their settings and lead the change. It isn’t just about delivering a training intervention, although that is a feature – it is about providing consultancy support to support those champions to look inwardly into their service, organisation or setting and lead an audit or organisational self-assessment, identifying the strengths and assets, as well as the gaps where things can be done better - and then action planning around these insights. There are 30 funded places available for up to 5 staff per service/organisation. At least 1 one of those must be a senior member as senior leadership support is essential for the success of the project. Champions must be able to constructively involve everybody at every level and enlist the interest of wider staff teams and service users for a truly collaborative approach. They need to feed staff and service user experience into their auditing process; map out the assets for their services and make some of the practices that are sporadically or informally intuitive, instead robust and evidence-based practice that consistently happens in a comprehensive and systemic way. It is a 12-month commitment. People will come away with a framework for understanding trauma informed practice and what it concretely looks like in their setting. This will be, very importantly, contributing to the growing evidence base in how trauma informed practice is implemented, so there is a robust evaluation attached to the programme and participants will be a part of that. To be part of the programme potential participants may apply at Work with us | Survivors In Transition where they will find a flyer with further information, an application form and an Memorandum of Understanding document, all of which is detailed under “Become a Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) Champion!” Thinking Differently Together | 20

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