Forensic Family Engagement and Liaison Lead

The Family Engagement and Liaison Lead (FELL) works specifically with the families, friends and carers of someone who is being assessed or treated by forensic mental health and learning disability services.

The Family Engagement and Liaison Lead will be able to offer you advice, support and information. Part of the role will be to meet up and give you time to talk about your own concerns and questions, throughout your loved one's recovery.

They can also act as a liaison between you, your loved one and the health professionals involved. This is intended to support you to remain involved in the care and treatment of your friend / family member as much as possible.

Family, friends and carers forums

We are currently reviewing our family, friends and carers forums and will provide updates in due course. If you have any thoughts on how the forums could be adapted to best meet your needs, please contact the Family Engagement and Liaison Lead to discuss further.

Family, friends and carers newsletter

Our quarterly newsletters provide information and updates for family, friends and carers too. The newsletters are circulated in April, July, October and January and you can find copies under the Downloads section on this page.

If you have any ideas for the newsletter or would like to get more involved in their development, please get in touch with the Family Engagement and Liaison Lead to discuss further.

Carers guides to hospital care

Click here to view the Institute of Mental Heath's information booklet and guide for carers and families explaining secure hospital care

 

Click here to view KMPT's general Information for family, friends and carers guide

If you would like to find our more about the specific service that your loved one is receiving care from, please reach out to the Family Engagement and Liaison Lead.  

Useful links and resources

Local Carer Support Organisations Information for local carer support organisations in Kent and Medway.

If you live outside of Kent and Medway, organisations including CarersUK and Carers Trust have handy search features where you can find the carer support organisation(s) local to you. 

Relatives Education and Coping Toolkit (REACT) is an online toolkit put together for families and friends of people experiencing difficulties associated with psychosis or bipolar disorder which has been put together by clinicians, researchers and friends, family and carers with lived experience

KMPT Recovery & Wellbeing College The Recovery & Wellbeing college offers educational courses to support mental, physical and emotional wellbeing in shared learning environments in the community. The college is open to every resident of Kent over the age of 18.

KMPT newsletters If you want to keep up-to-date with the very latest KMPT news and events as well as exciting volunteer opportunities and stories, we have two monthly newsletters to choose from that you can to sign up to. 

KMPT Publications and Policies In order to be open and honest, we publish a number of reports about the trust and our work and you can find out more about how to access these and our policies on our website.

Each year Carers Rights Day takes place to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. You can find out more about Carers Rights Day 2021 and carers rights here: Carers UK website.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. Carers Week 2022 took place from 6-12 June and the theme this year was: Making caring Visible, Valued and Supported.

If you would like to find out more about different mental health problems, treatments and other topics, the Royal College of Psychiatrists webpage has some readable, user-friendly and evidence-based information available.