Christine Eade – Coventry City Council – Winner – Mental Health Leader Award 2013

Christine Eade is the manager of the Pod, a Coventry City Council resource for people with severe and enduring mental ill health. The Pod’s service approach, developed in consultation with people who use the service, is personalised and recovery-focused. Key to this is Foundation Planning which creates focused time to develop recovery plans. The Pod aims to optimise a person’s connectivity to and inclusion in his or her community and thus building sustainable social support networks.  Christine Eade is the manager of the Pod,

Christine and the Pod team work to identify and develop neighbourhood based sustainable bridges to universal opportunities or employment. The Pod team utilises Social Brokerage skills to directly support people to research, appraise and cost new opportunities and utilise direct payments when and where applicable.

The Pod’s approach to recovery is about focusing on building the resilience of people with mental health issues. This often has the effect of increasing the level of personal ownership of and control over their condition, resulting in improved self-management and a reduced reliance on health services.

Without Christine’s inspiring and motivating leadership, these aspirational outcomes could not have been achieved. Another significant fact is that through Christine’s passion and vision not only are people who use the service involved in staff recruitment but also 40% of the staff have lived experience of mental ill health. Christine has been instrumental in transforming the service from a traditional day service to a much more outward looking, recovery based model. She takes an innovative approach to the involvement of people who use services and their carers, working on a co-production based model. In the service she has developed two main co-production arms, the Peapod Collective and Valued Solutions


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