"I am using them on three pupils at the moment and they enjoy them too. It's quite amazing how it can pinpoint a problem area or trigger."
"They have been wonderful to use in initial meetings with the children as they gave lots of points for discussion, and removed a lot of pressure."
"I have used them and found them helpful with young people who struggle to communicate verbally."
"I LOVE the cards. I use them with most of the students I see. I think they are brilliant."
"I have indeed used them! Fantastic resource and gave me a great idea to extend some of the cards and make my own for specific clients."
Awards and Testimonials
The Next Step Cards were "Highly Commended" in the Patient Centredness category at the Health Service Journal Awards in 2012. In 2019 they won the NHS Parliamentary Awards for the North West of England in the "Future NHS" category. Dr Fiona Pender has presented the resource at conferences such as The British Psychological Society Faculty of Children and Young People, the Patient Safety Congress, the New Zealand CAPA Conference, Thrive Model Implementation seminar, the Anna Freud Centre Evidence Based Practice Unit, the Primary Mental Health Network, CYP-IAPT, Digital Mental Health for Children and Young People, Improving Mental Health Services for Children and Young People.
Next Step Cards are featured on the following websites: www.mymind.org.uk; goals-in-therapy.com; UCL Evidence Based Practice Unit Past seminars and workshops; North West Coast Academic Health Science Network’s Innovation Agency
Next Step Cards have been recommended as support for young people as they return to school after Covid 19 lockdowns
(westcheshirechildrenstrust.co.uk) and features in the book “Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Essentials for nurses and other professionals” (McDougall, 2016).
The resource has been commissioned by Beyond Children and Young People's Transformation Programme Cheshire & Merseyside, NHS Fylde and Wyre, NHS Cheshire CCG, NHS Wirral CCG, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Warrington ICB, Wirral BC, Edge Hill University and schools across the North West of England. Over 2,500 people who work with children and young people and have been trained in using the resource.