Event – Helping People Feel Safe in the Emergency Department

Helping People with Lived Experience of Mental Health Issues
Feel Safe in the Emergency Department

Tuesday 2nd May,
Postgraduate Research Centre, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

We are happy to announce an event which marks the next stage in the “A&E | All & Equal” project.

At the end of 2015 Edinburgh Community Voices spoke to people about their experiences in the Emergency Department with our peer research project “A&E | All & Equal”.  Since launching the project report last year, we have been working with staff from the Emergency Department at the Royal Infirmary to address the issues identified in the report and make things better in the Emergency Department for people who have lived experience of mental health issues.

One of the big issues that came up when we were speaking to people was the issue of not feeling safe in the Emergency Department.

This event will bring together people who have lived experience of mental health issues, carers and staff from the Emergency Department at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to discuss what the Emergency Department can do to help people feel safe when they are there.

Through collaboration and discussion, we hope to come up with new ideas for helping people feel safe in the Emergency Department, and identify changes that could be made.

The event will also give Emergency Department staff the opportunity to hear first-hand from people who have lived experience about the things that make them feel both safe and unsafe.

We will hold two workshops over the day, in order to give as many people as possible the chance to take part.  The timings are still to be confirmed, but they are likely to be 11am – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 3.30pm.  Lunch will be provided in between the workshops.

Travel expenses can be provided.

If you are interested, please contact Becky.  The workshops will be the same, so you only need to sign up for one.  Please say if you can make the morning or the afternoon, or if you would be able to make either of the two.

[email protected], 0131 554 5307, AdvoCard, 332 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5BR

You can also contact Becky if you have any questions, would like to learn more about “A&E | All & Equal”, or would like a paper copy of the report.  The electronic version of the report is still available here.