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Patients to benefit from work with wellbeing charity

Patients at Penn Hospital are set to benefit from a collaborative working arrangement with health and wellbeing charity, Kaleidoscope plus group to aid continued recovery in the community. The drop-in sessions will provide a visual link with a facilitator from Kaleidoscope plus group and a friendly face from the occupational therapy team at Penn hospital which aims to help soften the anxieties of attending new groups in the community.

The sessions will allow patients to register with Kaleidoscope plus group which will enable them to start accessing groups as soon as they can. The session are also used as an informative group to make service users aware of what groups are within the Wolverhampton and surrounding areas.

Zoe Murphy, Occupational Therapy Instructor-Exercise said: “After seeing how well the relationship between Sandwell Kaleidoscope plus group worked for services users at Hallam Street Hospital, when I moved to Penn Hospital in early 2015 I quickly made it my mission to create the same links for patients in Wolverhampton.

“Initially Kaleidoscope plus group agreed to come onto Penn site to hold a drop in group for in patient service users, initially this was once a month, it is now been held bi-monthly. This is to try and establish a link for service users on discharge and to advertise that there are other services out there who can offer supportive groups away from Penn hospital which are free, accessible and safe. The end goal in mind would to hopefully help build service users confidence, interpersonal skills, coping mechanisms etc. Therefore hopefully reduce the reoccurring hospital admissions.

“The response we have had so far has been very positive from patients and we’re looking forward to seeing where the collaborative working can take us.”

Kaleidoscope plus group is a leading health and wellbeing charity providing services to promote positive mental health. They host a series of community activities such as knitting groups, sports activities, mindfulness walks, and managing emotion sessions. They also hold weekend activities like cinema visits, pub lunches and day trips to aid with recovery and relationship building.