FDAMH’s Involvement Group is making its mark undertaking valuable projects that will help to improve mental health services. Meeting regularly, the group is attended by a very dedicated group of volunteers, all with valuable experiences to draw from to inform their work with the group. As reported previously the main project for the group at the current time is the service-user led audit of FDAMH using the Scottish Recovery Indicator 2 (SRI 2) — to assess how recovery-focused FDAMH is. After reviewing publicity materials and issues of staff training and development, the group is about to embark on interviewing staff.
The SRI 2 project was further boosted recently thanks to a very useful meeting with Robert Stevenson, Network Officer from the Scottish Recovery Network. Robert reported that FDAMH is the first organisation in Scotland that has asked its members to evaluate its services. He is very interested in following the group’s progress and will give support as required. The Network are hoping to learn from the group’s work and it is hoped in the future the Involvement Group will be able to run a workshop at a conference being planned specifically around the SRI2 tool!
In addition to the audit, the group would also like to establish their own identity by developing their own logo, so work on this is underway. Group members have also been evaluating their training needs and are working on a plan to attend to these. Finally the group will be involved in producing a Carers Information Pack to help FVRH Mental Health Unit meet its ‘Triangle of Care’ commitments (see separate news story).
If you are interested in finding out more about the Involvement Group or how to get involved yourself please contact Linda McGonigle at FDAMH.