St Basils made the decision to become a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) when there was little evidence regarding the practice or effectiveness of the approach. Taking the first steps to work in a psychologically mindful way in 2011; over time, it has become the foundation of how St Basils works with young people, invests in staff through training and support, develops positive partnerships and influences the design and management of their accommodation.
St Basils have drawn upon their seven years of experience to develop a range of psychologically informed programmes for young people, employers, parents, educators and professionals supporting clients who have experienced complex trauma. They have delivered training and reflective practice to over 1000 people in over 30 organisations. This includes delivering a PIE programme of training and reflective practice for Birmingham Changing Futures Together to ‘No Wrong Door’ organisations who support adults with multiple and complex needs. Starting in June 2016, St Basils delivered a twelve-month programme to 208 professionals in 15 different organisations.
In order to disseminate learning and evidence from St Basils and other PIE programmes (such as Changing Futures) to a wider audience, they organised a symposium on 26th November 2018. Over 70 key people from local government, housing, health, schools and third sector organisations attended this event, kindly hosted by KPMG in Birmingham City Centre.
Key aspects of the symposium included:
- Qualitative and quantitative data from PIE projects.
- Opportunity for audience discussion, reflections and questions.
- Consideration of how a PIE approach corresponds with related models (e.g. ACES and a Trauma Informed) and policy reform in health and social care settings.
- Examples of how PIE can be applied to a range of settings.
St Basils were delighted to have two guest speakers. Professor of Mental Health, (University of Birmingham), Paul Burstow from the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, spoke about the key findings from the Mental Health Policy Commission’s Report ‘Investing in a Resilient Generation – Keys to a Mentally Prosperous Nation’ and how a PIE approach corresponds with some of the key recommendations. Merron Simpson, CEO of the New NHS Alliance provided an overview of the Health Creation model.
Jean Templeton (CEO) described the developments from the first steps that St Basils’ took in their PIE ambitions, working collaboratively with delivery partners Dr Amanda Skeate (St Basils PIE Lead/Forward Thinking Birmingham) and Dr Mary Quinton from University of Birmingham. Amanda and Mary shared outcomes from a range of programmes including outcome data from Birmingham Changing Futures Together PIE programme and the My Strengths Training for Life (MST4Life™) programme.