What is Enablement?

Enablement is our approach to delivering mental health services that empowers the people who use our services. Enablement increases people’s control of their own mental health, their recovery and their life. Enablement is an umbrella term for a number of evidence-based approaches, which include recovery focused, person-centred and strengths-based approach.

What is the Enablement Partnership?

The Enablement Partnership is a unique collaboration between BEH and peer-led charity Inclusion Barnet, which works to design, deliver and evaluate a wealth of projects across BEH under the Enablement ethos. Inclusion Barnet also acts as critical friend to BEH in a consultancy capacity. Peer support, co-production and lived experience are the core areas of The Partnership’s work streams. The aim of the Enablement Partnership is to build lasting cultural change within the Trust so that Enablement becomes an integral part of the culture.

 The Enablement Partnership operates on four key principles throughout its work:

  • Always aiming to do with people rather than to or for people,
  • Focusing on what people can do rather than what they cannot do,
  • Supporting people to develop skills to help themselves stay well, and
  • Working with the whole person and not just their diagnosis.

The Team

Clare Scott Hannah Chamberlain 
Deputy Director of Nursing Project Lead, Inclusion Barnet 

Contact us

Phone: 020 8702 6453

Email: beh-tr.enablement@nhs.net 

Address: Enablement Programme office, First Floor, Orchard House, St Ann’s Hospital, London N15 3TH

Social: @BEHMHTNHS #EnablementPartnership

The video below describes what Enablement means to individuals and how it can change their lives.

Read the Trust's Enablement Programme Strategy (PDF document)

Enablement Conference 2019

Every year we celebrate the great work our organisation has been doing regarding Enablement.  

Enablement is the way that we care for people in our organisation and help them on their road to recovery. Over the last year we have had a real focus on employing peer support workers at BEH. Peer support workers (PSW) are people with a lived experience of a mental health condition who accompany our clinical staff when visiting patients. 

Having a PSW on the visit has been well-received by our service users. 

In this video you can find out more about our PSWs and find out, in their own words, what they feel they bring to the role.